College Intern - Board on Mathematical Sciences and Analytics

Washington D.C.
Oct 09, 2017
Nov 02, 2017
Full Time

The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and National Academy of Medicine work together as the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conduct other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions. The National Academies also encourage education and research, recognize outstanding contributions to knowledge, and increase public understanding in matters of science, engineering, and medicine.


The Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (DEPS) is broadly concerned with expanding basic knowledge in the physical sciences and engineering and applying science and engineering disciplines in the service of humankind. DEPS works to ensure the effective application and progress of its science and engineering disciplines to provide timely scientific and technological advice to the government, the corporate sector, the professions, and the public in an effort to address problems of national and international significance.


The Board on Mathematical Sciences and Analytics (BMSA) provides expertise drawn from a wide range of mathematical sciences to conduct independent and rigorous assessment of science, engineering, medical, and policy issues in the service of national interest. The Board’s Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics (CATS) addresses the same goals with a specific focus on the statistical sciences.


The main activities of the BMSA and CATS are conducting studies, issuing and disseminating reports on their findings, and organizing symposia, colloquia, and workshops. Many of the studies originate with the BMSA or CATS, occasionally in concert with other National Academies units, identifying issues of national or professional concern.


BMSA and CATS are also a resource for the federal agencies and conduct studies that are responsive to their concerns. The dissemination of these studies, through publishing reports, presentations, and briefings, is the main route of communication with the bodies that should be informed of the findings and can act to implement the recommendations.




The college intern performs a number of basic research functions and activities that facilitate the research efforts of staff researchers. Conducts searches and compiles information or data and may assist in analyzing basic research results.  Interns typically undertake one or more short-term projects designed to assist with or to enhance ongoing study projects. 


A primary responsibility of this internship would be assisting with activities relating to data analytics, including identifying policy applications, coordinating public events, drafting background documents, and assisting with public outreach.


To apply, applicants should fill out the National Academies job application on this site and send the following (1) a resume; (2) a brief statement (not to exceed one printed page) indicating academic interests and experience, and some indication of how the internship relates to the applicants long-term career plans; (3) letters of reference from three college/university faculty members familiar with the candidate's background and abilities; and (4) an official copy of an academic transcript to be sent from the college/university registrar.  Items 1 and 2 may be sent by email to Michelle Schwalbe at  Items 3 and 4 must be sent by mail to:  Board on Mathematical Sciences & Their Applications, Keck 960; 500 Fifth Street, NW; Washington, DC 20001; Attention:  Michelle Schwalbe.

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