Interested in joining our team? Learn more about the hiring process through our FAQ and apply for one of our available job openings!
Are you hiring?
Our open positions are listed under the “Available Job Openings” section on this page. If you are interested in other positions outside of CABS at MDRC, you can view those positions here.
Are you hiring interns?
We are currently not hiring any interns, but if you are interested in being considered for future internship opportunities, please send a cover letter, résumé and writing sample to email@example.com.
MDRC’s Gueron Scholars Program offers paid internships for traditionally underrepresented undergraduate and master’s-level students every summer. Information about the Gueron Scholars Program can be found here.
Which position should I apply for?
If you are a recent grad with an undergraduate degree or have a BA/BS with 1-3 years of experience, we recommend you apply for the Research Assistant-level position(s).
If you are a recent grad with a graduate degree or have a BA/BS with 4-6 years of experience, we recommend you apply for the Research Analyst-level position(s).
If you hold a master’s or PhD with 7+ years of experience, we recommend you apply for the Research Associate and Senior Associate-level position(s).
What is the difference among the Technical, Hybrid, and General positions?
Technical staff members focus more on quantitative research activities, whereas general positions focus more on qualitative activities. Hybrid staff members tend to do a mix of both. However, there are professional development opportunities for all staff members to develop both quantitative and qualitative research skills. Review specific job postings for more information about the expected qualifications and roles and responsibilities for each position.
How do I apply?
You can apply for any of our job openings by clicking on the links listed under “Available Job Openings.” All applications will be processed through MDRC’s website, so please apply through the job opening listed there. You will typically be asked to provide a résumé, cover letter, writing sample, and coding sample (if you are applying for a Technical position(s)).
What is the hiring process like?
The hiring process consists of an application review, a phone screen, an in-person interview, and reference checks. For more information about each step of the process, please read “Hiring at MDRC” on MDRC’s website.
How should I prepare for my phone or in-person interview?
Our goal during the phone screen is to learn about you and your interest in working in CABS, and about how your experience has shaped your interest in applying behavioral science to public policy. We don’t expect you to be an expert in behavioral science, but we do expect you to have a demonstrated interest in the field. We would also love to answer any questions you may have about the position, so we recommend coming with your questions about us and the role you are applying for.
Here are some of our recommended behavioral science resources:
- Dan Ariely TED Talk: “Are We in Control of Our Own Decisions?”
- Eldar Shafir TED Talk: “Living Under Scarcity”
- Nudge – Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler
- Behavioral Scientist – online magazine for behavioral science enthusiasts
After the phone screen, select candidates will be invited to an in-person interview. Our goal during the in-person interview is to learn about how you would respond to different workplace scenarios and your experience doing tasks that are associated with the role. We recommend familiarizing yourself with our current projects and learning about how we work, information that can be found under the “Our Approach” section of our website. You may also want to read through some of our publications, which can be found under “Our Approach” › “CABS Publications.”
Does MDRC sponsor employment visas?
MDRC typically does not sponsor employment visas for Assistant and Analyst-level positions but will consider sponsoring visas for positions starting at the Associate level and above.
What qualities are you looking for in a candidate?
We are looking for curious, innovative, and detail-oriented individuals who are passionate about using behavioral science and social policy to improve the lives of low-income families. Our work is project-based, so being a collaborative team member is a must. We’re a close-knit team of behavioral scientists, data analysts, and designers — we hope you’ll join us!
Outside of work, we host monthly team lunches and have fun holiday traditions like our annual holiday playlist exchange. So, make sure you have a good taste in music before you apply (just kidding … kind of).
What is MDRC's stance on diversity, equity, and inclusion?
Diversity, equity, and inclusion have been integral values at MDRC since our inception, both in our research and in the management of our organization. You can learn more about MDRC's staff demographic characteristics and initiatives related to diversity, equity, and inclusion here.
Whom can I reach with additional questions?
Please fill out the form under the “Contact Us” page and one of our team members will respond to you as soon as possible.
Available Job Openings
We currently have no available job openings.