An alum of our program sent us information about a paid internship opportunity working for a polling firm in Columbus. This is what she wrote: Our company is looking for interns for the upcoming Fall semester, as well as the Spring and Summer semesters. I wanted to send along our internship listing in case you knew of anyone looking for an internship (they don’t have to currently be an enrolled student). Since many History majors are normally also interested in politics, I thought this internship may be a good opportunity for some students that are interested in the polling/research side of the political world. Our company doesn’t exclusively work for political clients; we also have worked for transit authorities, businesses, school districts, etc. I would greatly appreciate your help passing this along to potential applicants!

The announcement:

EMC Research, Inc. has openings for paid summer, fall semester, and spring semester interns. Located in downtown Columbus, EMC Research is a full-service research firm specializing in polling, focus groups, and public opinion research consulting.

Tasks and duties include:

  • Assisting with background research on projects
  • Utilizing programs like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to draft and edit client deliverables
  • Helping draft, edit and create graphic elements for client presentations
  • Supporting data processing
  • Providing administrative support to staff as needed

    Additional tasks may be assigned based on skill level, interest, and expertise.

    This is an opportunity to investigate a career in market research, consulting, and polling. We are open to all majors and fields of study, but prefer a candidate who has completed at least one year of college coursework and has an interest in the political process and/or data analytics. A candidate must be available 10 to 30 hours per week, for at least a 10-week period. This position pays $10.00/hour, and candidates do not have to be currently enrolled in school to apply.

    Please provide a resume and a cover letter that includes the days and hours you will be available during the semester. Email all application materials to with the subject line “Columbus Internship.”

    EMC Research is an equal opportunity employer.