Internships and Careers


High School and College students may apply for unpaid internships throughout the year. If your school has a structured internship program, we can work with you and your school to create an appropriate learning/work experience.


Are you passionate about Cleveland, its people and its neighborhoods? Are you looking to use your research, program development, and analytical skills in ways to help make our city even greater?  The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is a small, collegial, and multidisciplinary research group which uses data and research to aid organizations in institutions in Cleveland and throughout Cuyahoga County in improving programs and policies that aid its most vulnerable residents.   Come join us!

Open Positions 

Student Programming Assistant, Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University

About this Job

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development has an opening for a Student
Programming Assistant to work on the Child and Household Integrated Longitudinal Data
System (CHILD). This position offers a unique opportunity to build analytic skills while working
with a large and complex research data collection that has an impact on community policy. The
CHILD system incorporates administrative data from nearly 35 social service, educational, and
other agencies, providing integrated data on over 750,000 children and about 1 million adults.
The data are used to evaluate outcomes, drive decision making, target resources, and gain an
understanding of how the collective work of agencies and systems are addressing the needs of
the community. The CHILD system uses the SAS (Statistical Analysis System) software system
for the majority of data management and analysis work.

The Student Assistant will work closely with Programmer Analysts at the Poverty Center to:

  1. Improve documentation of CHILD data holdings and system processes.
  2. Run existing programs that clean and link routine datasets such as birth certificates, school records, lead testing, and public assistance data.
  3. Assist research staff with project-specific data management needs.

This position requires someone with strong quantitative skills and some programming
experience. The student must have the ability to work collaboratively in a small team
environment, be successful under general supervision, and seek out effective solutions for project
related issues.

Some training/experience with large databases is required . Experience in a social science,
public policy or public health research environment and/or experience with large social science
data files such as vital statistics, public assistance records and census data files is preferred. On-
the-job training in SAS will be provided.

The position is for Summer 2021 (30-40 hours per week over 12-15 weeks) with the potential of
continued employment (10-20 hours per week) throughout the next academic year.

Please forward all resumes to Stephen Steh at and Alena Sorensen at

All Other Inquiries

If you wish for us to have your resume with a cover letter on file for future job opportunities at the Center, please send to:

Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7167
Fax: 216.368.8592