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1530 Survey Statistician (Data Science), GS-7-9, Vacancy Now Open! Expiration date is July 17, 2023, 11:59p.m. (EST).
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Economic Measurement and Research Internship (EMRI) Program


The Census Bureau's mission is to serve as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy. We honor privacy, protect confidentiality, share our expertise globally, and conduct our work openly.

We are guided on this mission by scientific objectivity, our strong and capable workforce, our devotion to research-based innovation, and our abiding commitment to our customers.

Programs & Activities

The Census Bureau is the largest statistical agency of the federal government. Its work has expanded commensurate with the nation's population and economy, keeping pace with the demand for current facts and figures. The Census Bureau's many programs include censuses, sample surveys, estimates, and projections. These are invaluable planning tools for citizens, businesses and government officials.

EMRI Internship

The EMRI program seeks to hire interns in economics, accounting and related fields to support the nation’s growing demand for information. The Census Bureau conducts statistical programs, supported by research and is continuously developing new programs or products under a portfolio of approved projects.

The EMRI interns will work on or facilitate one or more approved projects – the Census Bureau benefits from the progress and completion of projects and the interns experience employment in federal service and gain a better understanding of how the federal statistical system measures the population, business activity, and the economy. Also, interns can potentially benefit through the development of their own research agenda and data analysis skills using administrative, census, and survey datasets from Decennial, demographic, economic, and methodological areas at the Census Bureau.

Interns with their own research agenda benefit from opportunities to interact with permanent staff about their ideas and from opportunities to present their work at workshops, seminars, and brown bags.

The EMRI program is available for recruitment to all areas of the Census Bureau and was established in 2018. The Center for Economic Studies has hired economists to work as research assistants on projects supporting improved measurement of our economy. The Center for Enterprise Dissemination has hired survey statisticians and economists to work with external researchers to facilitate the benefits to the Census Bureau of the external research program primarily conducted at the Federal Statistical Research Data Centers. The Economic Indicators Division has hired accountants to better understand the evolving role that accounting practices play in the ability of respondents (i.e. firms and establishments) to report on current economic surveys. Other units within the Research and Methodology Directorate have also leveraged the program.

Prospective Candidates

We seek interns who have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's, master's or Ph.D. degree to provide research assistance to Ph.D. economists with research projects using confidential microdata. Relocation expenses may be paid. Please review the detailed information on the Qualification Standards page for additional information on the position title, series, and educational requirements for an Economist (0110 series) or a Survey Statistician (1530 series).

Candidates who are considering joining EMRI should submit with their application a one-page summary of broad statistical research topic areas and programs. U.S. citizenship is required. The periods of internships are dependent on the underlying projects or funding supporting them but may last up to four years. The grade of the position is also subject to funding and the positive education requirements, qualifications and experience of the applicant.

When new positions are available the Census Bureau may actively recruit for interns in a number of ways:

  1. reaching out directly to local universities, departments and academics, and
  2. reaching out to FSRDC executive directors (see Federal Statistical Research Data Center locations), and
  3. participation in the American Economic Association’s Summer Economic Fellows Program, and
  4. participation in the American Association for the Advancement of Science - Science and Technology Policy Fellows program that matches and places mid-career academics at federal agencies to give the academics better knowledge of federal agency issues, practices, and work life, and it gives the agencies the chance to learn from the academic world.

Vacancy Now Open!

The Census Bureau’s Office of Survey and Census Analytics (OSCA) leads the agency in applying near real-time prescriptive analytics to transform field data collection operations. OSCA’s mission is to apply expertise in data analytics to better inform decisions that improve surveys and census field operations.

Summary: This vacancy is for a 1530 Survey Statistician (Data Scientist), GS-7-9 ($53,105 - $84,441) position in Office of Survey and Census Analytics. The base salary is before locality adjustment.  Locality is determined by location. This is an excepted service appointment for 13 months, initially, and may be extended for an additional 1-year (upon supervisory approval). Appointments may not exceed 4 years. Excepted service appointments do not confer permanent status. 

If hired for this full-time position, the location will be determined upon selection. You will be expected to temporarily telework to the maximum extent while the headquarters building is being renovated. Once the Census Bureau is permitted to return to the office building, you will be expected to do so within 30 calendar days of receiving notification. At that time, you may be eligible to continue to telework or work remotely two or more days a pay period consistent with the Census Bureau's flexible telework and remote work policies and approval from your supervisor.

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The application must include the following application documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae (should denote any specialized research skills or experience)
  • Unofficial Transcripts - candidates should include all relevant transcripts (i.e. Bachelor, Master and Ph.D.); conferred dates and college or university must be listed on the unofficial transcript(s).

Foreign Education Requirements:

  • Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities.
  • Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree.
  • A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the U.S. Department of Education's website.
  • You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application.

NOTE: You will not be considered if you fail to provide the required application documents.

We have a new email address:  HRD.Schedule.A.Expert.Intern.Fellows.Hiring@census.gov.

If you are interested in an internship, email your application to HRD.Schedule.A.Expert.Intern.Fellows.Hiring@census.gov.  Please include EMRI Intern Application in the subject line.

Should you have any questions on the program application process, please email them to the Program Coordinator at: HRD.Schedule.A.Expert.Intern.Fellows.Hiring@census.gov.

Page Last Revised - June 29, 2023
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