Summer Research Analysts

Summer Internship: Economic Journalism


The Lowe Institute of Political Economy is seeking full and part-time Economic Journalists (EJs) to write and promote our blog, The Lowe Down, over the summer break. The Lowe Down is focused on quantitative analysis and illustration of data relevant to economics, politics, and public policy with a particular focus on Southern California and the Inland Empire. We take fivethirtyeight and the NY Times’ upshot blog as our models.

We are seeking 2 or 3 EJs to work 20-40 hours per week with each other and in concert with Professor Shelton. EJs would be responsible for researching and writing posts for the Lowe Down under the direction of Professor Shelton. EJs would also be responsible, with the assistance of program coordinator Kelly Alexander and Professor Shelton, for promoting the blog to increase readership. This would be excellent preparation for jobs in any field using data analysis as well as jobs in journalism.

Students available on campus and for the bulk of the summer are preferred but there is some flexibility in location, hours, and weeks provided the ability to coordinate with the other EJs is not inhibited.


In all cases, the institute seeks committed individuals with a genuine interest in using data to answer questions of relevance to academia, business, and policy. Good candidates will be able to execute open-ended directions and will display initiative in solving problems while asking for help when needed. Good candidates will be able to generate and follow-up on interesting ideas, will have experience with statistical analysis, and will be interested in all aspects of the job from research to effective communication to promotion. Successful completion of Econ 50 is required. Further courses in economics and government are encouraged, especially statistical analysis (Econ 120, Econ 125, Gov 55).

Allowed School Years: Rising Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Allowed Majors: All

Work Authorization requirements: US work authorization required

Pay: $15/hour + on-campus housing

Duration: 6-12 weeks

Hours:  20 to 40 hours/week

Applicants should complete and submit one PDF file with the following items: 1) A cover letter of no more than one page describing your interest in the position and your availability, 2) an unofficial transcript, 3) a one page description of an idea for a post, with attention paid to how it would fit with our themes—data, illustration, etc. Please convert and merge these files into a single pdf and email with the subject “Lowe Summer Research” to Kelly Alexander,

Applications due: Monday, March 18th, 2019

Applicants who pass a first round will be invited for a short interview on Friday, March 22nd.