2020 Paid Summer Fellowship Program

The Organization

The California Policy Lab (CPL) creates data-driven insights for the public good. Our mission is to
improve the lives of Californians by generating evidence that transforms public policy. We do this by
forming lasting partnerships between government and California’s flagship public universities to
harness the power of research and administrative data. We work on California’s most urgent
problems, including homelessness, poverty, crime, and education inequality. We facilitate close
working partnerships between policymakers and researchers at UC to help evaluate and improve
public programs through rigorous empirical research and technical assistance.

CPL launched in January 2017 and now has over 20 ongoing partnerships with state and local
agencies around California.

We have several exciting projects in the works, including:

• randomized trials to increase uptake of the EITC and of Cal Grants
• an assessment of San Francisco’s criminal justice diversion programs, including opportunities
for policy change
• helping Sonoma County stabilize the population of individuals repeatedly cycling through
jails, homeless shelters, and hospital beds
• an in-depth look into California’s gig economy

The Fellowship

We’re looking for one or more Fellows to join our Berkeley team this summer. 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 analyze large administrative

The Fellows could expect to do some or all of the following, depending on applicant skills and project
• 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 position is full-time for 10-14 weeks and would receive a stipend of $6,000-$11,000, depending on
length and experience.

How to Apply
Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, transcript (unofficial ok), and relevant writing
sample to christina.mckay@berkeley.edu.

The application deadline is Friday, April 3rd at 5pm Pacific.

Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

Job Location
Berkeley, CA

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