The Judith Gueron Scholars Program

The Gueron Scholars Program offers paid internships for undergraduates and master’s-level students and doctoral fellowships (with stipends) for students engaged in dissertation research. The program is designed to introduce students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the education and social policy research communities to MDRC

All interns and fellows participate in the intellectual life of MDRC by attending seminars and project meetings, and have the opportunity to attend trainings to develop specific skills and knowledge areas. At the end of the eight-week program, interns and fellows also have an opportunity to give a presentation on their summer experience at MDRC.

About the Program

Judith GueronThe Gueron Scholars Program was established in 2004 by MDRC and six founding partners, the Annie E. Casey, Rockefeller, Jerry Lee, Spencer, William T. Grant, and Grable Foundations, in honor of Judith Gueron, president of MDRC from 1987 to 2004.

A widely published, nationally recognized expert on employment and training, poverty, and family assistance, Gueron directed many of the largest federal and state evaluations ever undertaken of interventions for low-income adults, young people, and families and was a pioneer in developing research methods that have made it possible to base social programs on rigorous evidence of effectiveness. She has trained a generation of policy researchers and has always been committed to expanding opportunities for young professionals from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the education and social policy research communities.

The Gueron Scholars Program seeks to promote her enduring legacy in diversifying the field.

“The skills that I acquired during my doctoral fellowship have helped me become an expert in research design and multi-site formative, impact, and cost-effectiveness evaluations in housing and asset development programs.”

Delia Kimbrel, 2012 MDRC Doctoral Fellow

Internship Opportunities

The GSP Undergraduate Internship invites rising undergraduate seniors of diverse backgrounds to be part of multidisciplinary teams developing evaluation research on current social policy issues at our NYC office.

The GSP Operations Internship is open to master’s degree candidates who have work experience in a non-research field and who would like to be exposed to working in a research setting.

The GSP Doctoral Fellowship brings Ph.D. candidates pursuing independent, self-directed research on economic and social problems affecting low-income Americans to both our NYC and California offices.

In the Spotlight

  • Francis Estrada, 2020 Undergraduate Intern

    Francis Estrada is a senior at Baruch College majoring in economics with a minor in law and policy. She is passionate about educational access for low-income students and how local education funding becomes a barrier for low-income districts. She plans to pursue a PhD in economics or public policy.

  • Ismerlyn Gonzalez, 2020 Undergraduate Intern

    Ismerlyn Gonzalez is a senior at Hunter College majoring in sociology with a minor in public policy. She coaches incoming freshmen as a Scholar Peer Leader and is interested in pursuing a master’s degree in public policy to address inequities in education policy.

  • Maria Alicea, 2019 Undergraduate Intern

    Maria is a senior at the University of North Florida (UNF) majoring in sociology and minoring in digital marketing. At MDRC, Maria worked on projects across multiple policy areas and departments, as well as with the MDRC Diversity Council.

  • Amanda Martin-Lawrence, 2019 Undergraduate Intern

    Amanda is a senior at Pitzer College, majoring in sociology with a minor in legal studies. She plans to pursue a career as an education policy researcher and spent her summer learning contributing to several projects across the education pipeline.

  • Mohammed Alkurd, 2019 Operations Intern

    Mohammed is a Fulbright Foreign Student Scholar pursuing a master’s in special education at East Tennessee State University. At MDRC, Mohammed worked on projects in our Youth Development, Criminal Justice, and Employment Policy Area and Postsecondary Education Policy Area, as well as with our field liaisons in the Operations Work Group.

MDRC’s Commitment to Diversity

To advance our mission, we must recruit and retain staff that encompass a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives, ensure equity in our policies and practices, and build a culture of inclusion, in which all of our staff feel welcome and valued. Promoting these values at MDRC improves the quality and relevance of our research, as well as the daily experiences of our staff. Read the full statement