RAND's Summer Associate Program introduces outstanding graduate students in public policy, public health and medicine, education policy, science and technology policy, criminology, anthropology or other related fields to the RAND Corporation, an institution that conducts research on a wide range of domestic and international social policy issues as well as national security problems. Summer Associates experience the following at RAND:
- Typically work at RAND for a 12-week period during the summer;
- Receive a bi-weekly paycheck during their assignment with RAND;
- Conduct research that can be completed during their time at RAND and present the results of this research to the RAND community via a 15-30 minute briefing at the end of their three-month assignment;
- Are closely mentored by one to two established RAND researchers;
- May be located in Santa Monica, CA, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, PA, or Boston, MA depending on the match with mentors;
- Are highly encouraged to network and interact with other researchers outside of their primary mentorship team and area of expertise;
- Are invited to attend a number of seminars from researchers both within and outside of RAND.