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Summer Research Assistantship Opportunities

One of the strongest indicators of success in a predoctoral position is previous research assistant experience. Several organizations and institutions offer research assistantship programs during the summer term. These research positions are ideal to gain experience and thus learn what research in economics and business is all about. 

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Leadership Alliance

The leadership alliance is a consortium of over 30 institutions—many overlapping with the PREDOC consortium—aimed at training, mentoring, and inspiring students to pursue doctoral studies. 

Leadership Alliance
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Columbia Business School Summer Internship

This program provides interns an opportunity to work with Columbia Business School's faculty on a research project in economics, accounting, finance, management, marketing, or the behavioral sciences. The work may include literature reviews, data collection and cleaning, web scraping, and statistical analysis, and advanced analytics such as machine learning and NLP.

Columbia Business School Summer Internship

Summer Schools

Several institutions and organizations run summer school programs. Scholarships to access such programs are often available. 

Information and Workshops about Doctoral Studies

Several organizations provide information and workshops about doctoral studies in business and economics:

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IDDEAS

The Introduction to Diversity in Doctoral Education and Scholarship (IDDEAS) program is a two-day immersion workshop to introduce students to doctoral studies in economics and business.

IDDEAS
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PhD Project

The PhD Project’s expansive network helps Black/African-Americans, Latinx/Hispanic-Americans and Native Americans attain their business PhD and become the business professors who will mentor the next generation of leaders.

PhD Project

The Sadie Collective

By empowering and equipping Black women in quantitative sciences, The Sadie Collective addresses the pipeline and pathway problem in economics, finance, data science, and public policy through curated content creation, programming, and mentorship.

The Sadie Collective
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The PhD Excellence Initiative

The PhD Excellence Initiative drives diversity in the field of economics by offering rigorous, post-baccalaureate fellowships to high-achieving scholars of color, setting them on the path to pursue doctoral degrees and research careers at the nation’s top institutions.

The PhD Excellence Initiative

Other Programs and Resources

  • NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates: The National Science Foundation provides a list of sites with NSF-funded undergraduate research opportunities.  These part-time opportunities span the social sciences.  Apply at individual site websites.
  • Pre-Doctoral Program in Policy: The Pre-Doctoral Program in Policy is an opportunity for a diverse set of policy school master's students to be mentored and to develop the skills and experience needed to prepare for doctoral studies and an academic career in policy.  
  • University of Virginia Bridge to the Doctorate: UVA’s Graduate School seeks to support post-baccalaureate students from groups that are underrepresented in their disciplines and who have not had sufficient training and research experiences to prepare them for admission to doctoral programs.