Graduate Student Researcher

The California Policy Lab seeks multiple graduate student researchers for Summer 2023. The GSR(s) would work with CPL faculty affiliates and staff on several ongoing projects such as:

  • The Student Supports Project: this study is examining the relationship between participating in safety-net programs (like CalFresh) and outcomes (like graduation) for UC and community college students
  • A study of the impact of Housing Choice Vouchers on housing, safety-net, health, and criminal justice outcomes
  • Several projects using the UC Consumer Credit Panel

CPL’s 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 issues, including homelessness, unemployment, poverty, criminal justice reform, and education inequality. We have access to a broad array of powerful state and local administrative data.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent and understand the diverse racial and ethnic, gender identity, sexual orientation, educational, socioeconomic, cultural, and disability backgrounds present in California. When you join our team, you can expect to be part of an inclusive and equity-focused community. CPL recognizes the value of having a diverse staff at all levels of the organization.

The primary tasks for the GSR include data wrangling, cleaning, and analysis. They may also include literature reviews or other research tasks.

CPL is seeking candidates who are strongly quantitative and have a background in programming and data manipulation. Candidates should have experience coding in Stata, R, SAS, Python, or other similar language (experience with SQL is also a plus).

We seek GSRs for Summer 2023 and are open to keeping on strong candidates for subsequent terms. We have a track record of attracting and retaining talented early PhD students who appreciate having an institutional “home” where they can collaborate over several years. Prior research fellows for CPL have gone on to academic positions at Georgetown, Chicago Booth, the White House Council of Economic Advisors, UCLA, and the Census Bureau.

CPL Summer GSR positions are typically 100%. Positions are only open to U.C. students.

To apply, please send a CV and a short statement of interest (a half a page is sufficient) to Please be sure to indicate (a) when you could start, (b) your % availability, and (c) your relevant experience. We will begin reviewing applications on a rolling basis starting on February 15, 2023 and will review applications as long as the positions remain posted on our website.

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