2020 SDSN USA Analyst Internship Program

Deadline: Ongoing

The SDSN USA endeavors to build pathways for achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the United States by mobilizing research, outreach, and collective action. This includes: facilitating the development of solutions to U.S. sustainability challenges; building sophisticated, practical systems for measuring progress and connecting with stakeholders who will utilize them; facilitating public awareness, education, and engagement; and linking these efforts with policymakers and community leaders throughout the U.S. to result in lasting change.

SDSN USA has released a number of indices investigating the progress of US states and cities towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. This internship would primarily support the data work that goes into designing, analyzing and developing those indices. Some SDSN USA projects include a US State Index on the SDGs and America’s Goals for 2030, a localization of the SDGs in collaboration with Future Now.


●The Analyst Intern will be expected to work up to 29 hours/week, and will be responsible for:

● Supporting preparation of the data for the index, which will require desk-based research,

developing and maintaining metadata, researching and downloading data

● Identifying experts in relevant fields for advice and review

● Development and research of relevant indicators and/or datasets

● Cleaning and preparing the data

● Keeping the team informed about relevant data definitions and their implications for inclusion,

exclusion, or comparison with other indices

● Drafting, editing and/or reviewing written material related to the index

● Managing and troubleshooting any issues related to the collection or distribution of databases

● Presenting findings and participating in research review during research meetings

● Supporting other SDSN USA activities, depending on interests and availability


● The position is open to both undergraduate and graduate students with the requisite skills

● Comfort with excel, including downloading excel files, reading and basic arranging of quantitative data within excel, required

● Experience with Stata, required

● Highly organized and responsive, ability to work independently

● Proactive communication skills

● Familiarity with the SDGs, sustainability, the Leave No One Behind Agenda, and other relevant disciplines, preferred but not required

● Unfortunately, SDSN is not able to provide work visas for this internship


Duration: 10 weeks, beginning ASAP, with possibility for continuation Compensation: $15-18/hour, depending on experience (up to 29 hours/week)


To apply, please submit a CV and cover letter with the subject: “SDSN USA Analyst Internship” to usa@unsdsn.org,



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