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Research Intern

Heartland Forward

Heartland Forward

Bentonville, AR, USA
Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2024

Research Intern

Job Locations US-AR-Bentonville
Posted Date 1 month ago(4/24/2024 4:25 PM)
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Research Intern
Position Description
Heartland Forward is seeking a skilled individual to join the organization as a research intern in Bentonville, Arkansas.

About the Position

Conditions of Contract

- This is a temporary contract with a possible extension, subject to performance review
- Intern is expected to work approximately 15-20 hours per week during the academic year and up to 40 hours per week during the summer
- Location of work is negotiable, though intern will be expected to be in the office during the internship
- Start date to be determined after selection


We provide compensation dependent upon experience; wages start at $17 per hour.
Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis as qualified applicants are identified. We will accept applications until we fill the position.

About Heartland Forward
Heartland Forward is a 501 (c) (3) nonpartisan, nonprofit “think and do tank.” Heartland Forward's mission is to improve economic performance in the center of the United States by advocating for fact-based solutions to foster job creation, knowledge-based and inclusive growth, and improved health outcomes. We conduct independent, data-driven research to facilitate action-oriented discussion and impactful policy recommendations.

Heartland Forward is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building and maintaining a culturally diverse workplace. We encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status of protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability.



As a Research Intern, the incumbent’s primary responsibility will be to advance Heartland Forward’s research program across a range of high-profile and time-critical projects through data collection, analysis, and visualization. The intern will assist with active research projects focused on transforming the Heartland’s economies through our four pillars of economic development:

  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Human capital and workforce development
  • Health and wellness
  • Regional competitiveness

As a member of the research team, the intern will be expected to participate in Research team and Heartland Forward staff meetings, meetings with partner organizations (as appropriate), and other events.


Who we are looking for:

Basic qualifications required for the role:

  • Undergraduate student in relevant subject (e.g., social sciences, economics, data science, mathematics, statistics) or equivalent qualifications or experience in a research capacity with qualitative and/or quantitative data collection and analysis
  • Excellent writing and computer skills, especially with Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Ability to analyze and summarize data efficiently and compellingly
  • Independent worker and a team player

Additional preferred qualifications and helpful experience includes:

  • Enrollment in a graduate field of study
  • Previous research experience
  • Experience coding in STATA, R, or Python
  • Experience with GIS and mapping programs


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