Undergraduate Opportunities

On-campus Internships

The Baker Institute offers numerous on-campus internship opportunities to Rice University undergraduates and graduate students.

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Intern Marc Sabbagh discusses Conflict Resolution Forum policy research with Baker Institute supporters at the Fall 2011 Roundtable Reception.

In addition to policy-focused coursework, the Baker Institute offers an internship program designed to provide Rice University undergraduate students with public policy experience and exposure to a nonprofit environment. The institute also seeks to engage graduate-level students with meaningful research and academic opportunities.

Undergraduates

The Baker Institute intern program offers Rice undergraduate students paid internships for up to 10 hours per week in research or administration. Research interns work directly with institute fellows and scholars on critical national and international policy issues. Administrative interns work with senior staff in a professional office environment, providing essential support in a security-sensitive setting. The work may involve research, writing, editing, event planning and office work including copying, filing, maintaining office supplies, light cleaning, etc. Motivation and dependability are essential requirements.

On-campus internships are available on an as-needed basis. Many of our interns are retained from one semester to another and some remain with us through graduation. Often, we will not know which positions may be required until near the beginning of the semester and not all programs need interns every semester. Applications may be submitted at any time and consist of:

  • Cover letter stating area(s) of interest and why you would like to intern for the Baker Institute
  • Résumé emphasizing your skill sets
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Transcript

All applications and questions should be directed to Jason Lyons at MS-40 or by email to jelyons@alumni.rice.edu.

 

SUMMER 2017 PAID INTERNSHIP 
Science and Technology Policy Program 

Research interns work directly with institute fellows and scholars — Neal Lane, Kirstin Matthews, and Kenny Evans — on science policy issues including stem cell policy, clinical trial regulation, patenting, public understanding of science, federal funding of science and neglected tropical diseases. The work may involve research, writing, editing, event planning and office duties. Motivation and dependability are essential requirements. No experience is required, but we are accepting applications from Rice undergraduates only.

The mission of the Science and Technology Policy Program is to engage policymakers and scientists in substantive dialogue with the hope that policy will more accurately reflect and be more consistent with current scientific knowledge. We believe in fostering a genuine interest in policy early on by engaging our interns in meaningful work and providing feedback along the way.

Internship requirements 

  • Work at least part-time (20 hrs/week) during the summer for at least six weeks 
  • The internship can be scheduled around other activities but you must work at the institute during business hours (M-F, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
  • Applications must include:
    - Cover letter stating area(s) of interest in science policy and why you would like to intern for the Baker Institute
    - Resume emphasizing your skills
    - One letter of recommendation
    - Official or unofficial transcript

Deadline for applications: March 31, 2017.
Please direct all applications and questions to Sharon Tsao at st39@rice.edu.

Take a look at the Science and Technology Program webpage for its projects and publications. 

 

Graduate Students

The Science and Technology Policy Program offers unpaid internship opportunities to graduate students in the Houston area. Graduate interns assist fellows and program staff in the publication of research publications, policy reports and conference proceedings, as well as gain valuable experience hosting events and representing the Baker Institute to our sponsors. For more information, please email the Science and Technology Program.