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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Internship Participants

Center for Behavioral Science Methods (CBSM)

  • Marcus Berger, Social Science Analyst
  • Shelley B Feuer, Research Psychologist

Center for Economic Studies (CES)

  • Katherine Harris, Economist
  • Edward Olivares, Economist
  • Luke Pardue, Economist
  • Zach Kroff, Economist

Center for Enterprise Dissemination (CED)

  • Chris Hess, Survey Statistician
  • Samuel Bondurant, Economist
  • Shirley Liu, Economist

Center for Optimization and Data Science (CODS)

  • Justin C Smith, Mathematician

Economic Indicators Division (EID)

  • Kardesa Lowe, Accountant

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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 or higher degree to provide research assistance to Ph.D. economists with research projects using confidential microdata. Relocation expenses may be paid. Please review the Qualification Standards for additional information on the occupation title, series, and educational requirements.

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.

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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. 

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The application must include the following application documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae (should denote any specialized research skills or experience)
  • Unofficial Transcript (undergraduate and graduate, if applicable) must include conferred dates and college or university name must be listed on the transcript

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


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If you are interested in an internship, email your application to Please include EMRI Intern Application in the subject line.  

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