Career Opportunities

Research Internship

About Woodstock Institute

Woodstock Institute is a leading nonprofit research and policy organization in the areas of fair lending, wealth creation, and financial systems reform. Woodstock Institute works locally and nationally to create a financial system in which lower-wealth persons and communities of color can safely borrow, save, and build wealth so that they can achieve economic security and community prosperity. Our key tools include: applied research; policy development; coalition building; and technical assistance. Woodstock Institute has been a recognized economic justice leader and bridge-builder between communities and policymakers in this field since it was founded in 1973. We work with community and philanthropic groups, financial institutions, and policymakers. We conduct research on financial products and practices, promote effective state and federal policies, convene a coalition of community investment stakeholders working to improve access to credit, and help people use our work to understand the issues and develop and implement solutions.

Internship Description:

The research intern’s primary duties will be to assist the research staff in ongoing research projects. As necessary, the research intern will compile databases, conduct preliminary analysis on data, run quality assurance checks, perform basic mapping with GIS, and provide technical assistance to community-based organizations. The work will take place in Woodstock’s Chicago Loop office location for approximately three days per week.


  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university;
  • Computer skills including Microsoft Excel, SPSS, Microsoft Access, and ArcGIS;
  • Ability to work with large data sets. Experience and interest in working with housing market, foreclosure, mortgage lending, and financial industry data a plus;
  • Ability to work well in a fast paced environment where colleagues communicate frequently by email;
  • Ability to work independently, must be a self-starter capable of managing time and commitments in an organized manner;
  • Ability to prioritize work among simultaneous projects

Compensation: Position will be paid. Rate will be consistent with candidate’s experience and education.

Expected Start Date and Days per Week: September 2014, three days per week

Contact Person:
Name: Patricia Woods Hessing
Phone: 312.368.0310 x2022