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Research Assistant (Internship)

JOB TITLE: Research Assistant (Internship)

DEPARTMENT: Frontiers of Science

REPORTS TO: Director, Physical Sciences, Sustainability & Engineering


The Academy will be holding three high-level citywide roundtables in the spring of 2020 to define the charter for the Academy’s involvement in convening and mobilizing communities of experts implementing AI, as well as in producing and disseminating new knowledge on the use of AI to address real-world solutions to global challenges.   The intern research assistant will support:

  1. mapping of the existing ecosystem of organizations convening, educating, and connecting stakeholders in the AI space, including their leaders and stakeholders (examples: scientists, public officials, industry experts)
  2. mapping of the existing organizations providing research services to stakeholders in the AI space, including their leaders and stakeholders
  3. production of data/insights/materials to inform and trigger the AI roundtables
  4. the preparation of synthesis papers after each roundtable (the first draft of each paper must be submitted one week after each roundtable)


  • Applicants must have a BA or BS degree and have received or be working toward a Master of International Affairs (MIA), Master of Public Administration (MPA), Masters of Business Administration (MBA), or related Masters or PhD-level degree
  • Outstanding English writing ability
  • Research experience (including e.g., literature reviews, stakeholders mapping, web searches)
  • Experience in the preparation of policy briefs, white papers or similar
  • Desirable: experience in the preparation and conduct of steering committees, working groups, or stakeholder roundtables

Time commitment, duration of the appointment and compensation: $15/hour, 10hrs/week. Beginning on or about February 1 - May 31, 2020 with the possibility of extension until September, 30, 2020.


The intern can work remotely with occasional meetings at NYAS, including the roundtables.

When in the office, this job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, etc. This is largely a sedentary role; however, some movement is required. Examples world be lifting files, opening filling cabinets and bending or standing as necessary.


The New York Academy of Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer, adhering to the laws which prohibit discrimination in the terms, conditions and privileges of employment.  Academy policy expressly prohibits discrimination in employment because of any legally impermissible classification, including but not limited to actual or perceived race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.


Applications must include a resume, cover letter and writing sample (policy briefs, white papers, etc.)