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Public Opinion Strategies Junior Research Analyst

Overview of Organization:
Public Opinion Strategies, headquartered in historic Old Town Alexandria near Washington, D.C., is a national political and public affairs research firm which has been described by the New York Times as “the leading Republican polling company” in the country. The firm offers an internship opportunity at the heart of the nation's government and politics. Renowned for accuracy and meticulous attention to detail, the company prides itself on going the extra mile for clients and colleagues, taking on complex tasks to ensure exceptional outcomes.
Public Opinion Strategies prides itself on knowing that its work is accurate. The firm places a premium on paying attention to every detail and showing concern for all aspects of the job, no matter how small. The firm is committed to going the extra mile for their clients and colleagues. As a company, Public Opinion Strategies does not shy away from difficult tasks and dedicates itself to doing whatever it takes to get the job done well.

Internship Summary:
Join Public Opinion Strategies as a Survey Research Intern, working directly with influential pollsters to synthesize results and create research reports for political and public affairs clients. This hands-on internship places you at the forefront of assisting clients in solving complex questions through data-driven solutions.
The intern will work directly with partners, some of the most influential pollsters in the country, and the intern will have the opportunity to assist in synthesizing results and creating research reports for political and public affairs clients. The intern will be at the forefront of helping clients get answers to their most complex questions and develop data-driven solutions to the challenges they face.

Interns will work directly assist partners, research analysts, and project directors in various survey research projects, encompassing:
- Creating charts and data tables using PowerPoint and Excel.
- Proofreading and editing memos and reports.
- Contributing to diverse project-related activities.
- Variety of other project-related activities.

Preferred Qualifications:
- Motivated self-starter with a strong attention to detail.
- A keen interest or background in Republican politics, public policy, campaigns, data, and survey research.
- Knowledge of analytical techniques.
- Data driven person with desire to work with numbers.
- Strong writing and communication skills.
- Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently.
- Aptitude to collaborate within a team-oriented environment.
- Proficient computer skills.

About The Supervisor:
Neil Newhouse is a partner and co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies, a national political and public affairs research firm which has been described by the New York Times as “the leading Republican polling company” in the country. Neil has been named “Pollster of the Year” by the American Association of Political Consultants a record-tying three times for his work on political and public affairs campaigns.

Neil is a former IOP Pritzker Fellow and has worked in public opinion research for more than 35 years and has helped elect dozens of Members of Congress, U.S. Senators, and Governors. He has served as the Republican partner in the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, and he has twice been named as one of the “Money 20″ political consultants in the country who make a difference.

Neil has polled for four Presidential campaigns – Senator Robert Dole, President George W. Bush, Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and he was the lead pollster for Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign.

Location, Modality:
In person: 214 N. Fayette Street Alexandria, VA 22314

Start and End Date:
Summer internships will take place during the period of June 10-September 27 with specific dates to be determined by the employer partner and intern during the interview process

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