CPL Summer Student Fellowships


Each year, the California Policy Lab hosts paid Summer Fellows that play an active role in the Lab’s ongoing projects.

The goal of the Fellowship program is to provide students and recent graduates with meaningful and practical work experience doing policy-focused research. Fellows may work with CPL faculty and staff across our policy focus areas, including Education, Criminal Justice, Employment and Labor, the Social Safety Net, and Homelessness and High-Needs Users. Fellows will participate in internal meetings, attend events and workshops, work closely with government partners, and work with large administrative datasets.

Fellows can expect to do some or all of the following, depending on applicant skills and project availability:

  • Preparing and analyzing administrative datasets
  • Developing deliverables and engaging with partners to communicate and implement research findings
  • Helping with organizational development, including strategy and communications
  • Organizing trainings or convenings for policymakers

What We’re Looking For

  • CPL is committed to maintaining a diverse, multicultural working environment and we especially encourage applications from marginalized communities.
  • We have hosted fellows from undergraduate, Masters, and PhD programs, with the most common applicants being Masters students.
  • We have hosted fellows from a variety of fields of study, including public policy, economics, computer science, and sociology.
  • We are seeking candidates with a strong sense of professionalism, solid quantitative and data skills, and a passion for evidence-driven government. Especially seeking students with prior experience doing data analysis in STATA, SAS, R, or Python.

Length and Compensation

The positions are typically full time for 10-14 weeks. Fellows are paid at rates that depend on student background and available funding.

How to Apply

When positions are available, they will be posted on our main careers page. Posting usually go live sometime in February or March, with a two-week application window.

Prior Summer Fellows


Mathias Gibson
Angela Miller


Sree Kancherla
Alex Kaufman
Nicky Kianpoor
Sarah Brand


Konrad Franco
Nick Gebbia
John Iselin


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