Summer Internships: Structured, Hands-On Learning

About the Internship Program

Mathematica’s structured, paid summer internship program welcomes college and graduate students interested in improving public well-being through evidence to spend 10 weeks at one of Mathematica’s office locations, or intern remotely. During the internship, students are paired with a mentor and work closely with Mathematica staff while gaining hands-on experience with real-world projects. Throughout the summer, Mathematica’s talent acquisition team organizes programs and events to provide interns with a positive and productive experience, such as brown bag learning sessions, career mentorship from current Mathematica employees (including former interns), and meeting with Mathematica’s President and CEO, Paul Decker. Based on the intern’s career interests, prior work experiences, and skills, the talent acquisition team places interns within Mathematica’s Health, Human Services, International, and administrative units.

In the past, summer interns have created an interactive online dashboard for a Mathematica client, used programming software to clean data files for regression models, and drafted an executive summary for a report and issue brief. Read how two interns spent their summer embedded within the web development team in Mathematica’s Health unit.

About Mathematica

Mathematica is dedicated to improving public well-being by bringing the highest standards of quality, objectivity, and excellence to bear on information collection and analysis for our partners and clients. The company has been at the forefront of assessing the effectiveness of policies and programs for more than four decades. Our studies and analysis have yielded information to guide decisions in wide-ranging policy areas.


  • The internship is designed primarily for full-time students who are completing their bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree and will not graduate before beginning the internship.
  • Interns should be interested in Mathematica’s mission and willing to participate and contribute to activities that support evidence-based decision making.

Mathematica takes pride in its commitment to diversity and inclusion. Minority students, students with disabilities, military veterans, and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.


Mathematica accepts internship applications in the winter. Applications should be submitted through the Mathematica careers portal.

Completed applications will include the following:

  • A cover letter that describes your interest in Mathematica and an office preference (if any)
  • A resume or CV
  • Two letters of recommendation, including one from an employer or faculty member