Department of Economics


Applied Research Intern

About Us:Project DA-FANH(opens in new window) is a grant-funded program at Chico State that aims to retain and graduate highly qualified students from traditionally underrepresented communities who are capable of enhancing the nation’s food, agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences (FANH) professional and scientific workforce. Read more about the project(opens in new window).

  • Job Title: Applied Research Intern
  • Status: Semester Internship (3 Units)
  • Time Commitment: 9 hours per week for 16 weeks
  • Salary/Wage: $15
  • Requirements: At least one class in Statistics, basic proficiency in both Excel and at least one statistical programming language (R preferred).
  • Academic Level: Graduate and Undergraduate
  • Majors: Data-centric majors such as Statistics, Data Science, or any majors in areas of Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Human Sciences

This internship provides an authentic virtual (and in-person when available) career experience, emphasizing problem-solving, decision-making, and remote collaboration skills, along with an understanding of leadership roles in a professional space. In addition to synchronous meetings with the faculty mentor, students will work directly with research project staff at organizations such as the Center for Healthy Communities and the Center for Regenerative Agriculture. Students will learn about and contribute to the day-to-day operations of these organizations.

Example Responsibilities Include:

  • Understand and contribute to the file organization and data flow of current projects
  • Collaborate with other project staff to understand the background information for current grants and projects, what the needs are, and identify data products that can be developed to fit their needs.
  • Assist and support others with programming tasks by writing pieces of, or entire scripts in R
  • Assist with data collection, codebook creation, data management, creating visualizations, exploratory and statistical analysis
  • Create and contribute to data products including reports, manuscripts, websites, and interactive dashboards.
Example Skills Developed During the Internship:
  • Use agile project management tools to maintain a project timeline with deadlines and deliverables, for multiple projects simultaneously
  • Effectively translate tasks given in words (for example at meetings or by email) into tangible tasks that involve code.
  • Gain experience with varying data collection tools such as using Qualtrics and Google forms
  • Improved ability to collaborate work with others on code under version control
  • Improved solution-seeking skills (e.g. finding answers on places like Google, and Stack Overflow)
  • Professionally collaborate and communicate within a remote team setting using various communication systems such as email, Zoom, Slack, and task boards.
  • Develop, understand and practice how Statistics and Data Science contribute to local and state-wide health programs.
  • Begin to understand the reporting, research, and evaluation requirements of grant-funded projects

PRIORITY APPLICATION DEADLINE: By 5 pm on July 8th Click here for the online application link(opens in new window). If you have questions, please contact the Project DA-FANH Internship Coordinator, Robin Donatello at in new window)

We desire to recruit interns who represent our campus diversity in race, ethnicity, experience, age, gender, background, and academic and personal interests.

Student Research Assistant

Position:          Student Research Assistant I Internship

Location:          Center for Economic Development, CSU Chico (35 Main St. Suite 203)

                       Remote until further notice


Essential Job Functions: Working closely with the Project Analyst and under the general supervision of the Senior Project Analyst, the Student Research Assistant (I) will contribute to various socio- economic research projects. Examples of duties include identification, collection, and analysis of economic and demographic data; fulfilling technical assistance requests through the creation of written data summaries and visual analytics; conducting business market research; graphic design of print and electronic media; and telephone survey administration.

Employment Standards

The ideal candidate will have:

  1. A background in one or more of the following fields: Social Sciences, Business, Economics, or any closely-related field (e.g., Agricultural Economics).
  2. An understanding of the basic issues and ethics involved in socio-economic research;
  3. Strong written and verbal communication and quantitative skills;
  4. The ability to learn and apply new skills quickly;
  5. The ability to work collaboratively with other student researchers and CED staff;
  6. General knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite, with emphasis on Microsoft Excel;

Compensation: 517.00 per hour, non-benefitted, work hours cannot exceed 19.5 hours per week during the academic year; summer work can scale up to 39.5 hours per week depending on availability and project work needs.

Period of Employment: Employment will begin whenever the positions are filled. Employment is contingent on employee’s dependability, availability, and the Center’s project workload. Scheduling may be flexible around both family and school activities.

To apply: Please send a resume to Melissa Kovacs, Senior Analyst at the Center for Economic Development via email at

Position(s) are open until filled.

Executive Office Of The President Internship Program

We are pleased to announce that, for the first time in history, the Executive Office of the President (EOP) is launching a paid internship program. The EOP Internship Program will provide a stipend to participants.

The EOP is comprised of fourteen Components, including: The White House Office (WHO), the Office of the Vice President (OVP), the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the Office of Administration (OA), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Office of the National Cyber Director (NCD), the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), and more.

The Office Of Science And Technology Polocy 

The mission of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is to maximize the benefits of science and technology to advance health, prosperity, security, environmental quality, and justice for all Americans.

Congress established OSTP in 1976. OSTP advises the President and others within the Executive Office of the President on the scientific, engineering, and technological aspects of the economy, national security, health, and the environment.

OSTP leads efforts across the Federal government to develop and implement sound science and technology policies and budgets, and works with the private and philanthropic sectors, state, local, Tribal, and territorial governments, the research and academic communities, and other nations toward this end.
OSTP also assists the Office of Management and Budget with an annual review and analysis of Federal research and development in budgets, and serves as a source of scientific and technological analysis and judgment for the President with respect to major policies, plans, and programs of the Federal government.

Internship Details

The Summer 2022 term begins on June 20, 2022 and ends on August 12, 2022. Interns will receive a stipend of $6,000 for participation in the program. All internships are located in Washington, D.C. and are full-time; participants must be able to commit to a minimum of 35 hours per week (Monday – Friday).
The Fall 2022 term will begin in mid-September and end in mid-December. The application period for the Fall internship will be late May to mid-June. Please check back later for updates.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Males must be registered with Selective Service
  • Must meet at least one of the three following criteria:
    • Currently enrolled in an accredited community college, undergraduate or graduate college, or university;
    • Graduated from an accredited undergraduate or graduate program at a community college, college, or university (two‐ to four‐year institution) no more than two years prior to the first day of the EOP Internship Program
    • A veteran of the United States Armed Forces who possesses a high school diploma or its equivalent and has served on active duty, for any length of time, no more than two years prior to the first day of the EOP Internship Program
  • Must obtain a favorable security determination and pass a pre-employment drug test

Application Period

The application is open from April 29, 2022 through May 15, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET. For more information, please contact:

How To Apply

To apply, send the documents listed below in PDF form in an email to, titled “[Last Name, First Name] EOP Summer Internship Application”• Cover letter of why you would like to be an OSTP intern (one page max)
• Resume
• A short essay on your favorite scientific and technological contribution to society (300 words max)
• Transcript
• Additional writing samples may be requested later in the process