MacroPolo, the think tank of the Paulson Institute, is seeking several student fellows with solid Python and quantitative skills to support our politics research projects working with our analysts. Key research areas include Chinese elite politics, policymaking, and bureaucratic politics. Candidates should have excellent analytical and research skills, especially knowing how to apply data analysis to examine the historical trend and make evidence-based predictions. This position is project-oriented. We will help you develop your domain expertise and offer you the time flexibility to ensure that you can balance your studies and work, as long as you can complete your tasks on time.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Assist analysts in conducting both quantitative and qualitative analysis on the Chinese elite politics, policymaking, and regulations, especially the political consequences on the private sector and global business;
  • Use Python to collect and clean data, perform statistical analysis, and visualize findings in clear and concise ways;
  • Monitor, track, and report on events related to key research areas;
  • Work cross-functionally with leadership and other team members in developing analytical products in various forms.


  • Currently enrolled University of Chicago undergraduate or graduate students with the authorization to work in the United States;
  • An academic or professional background in data analysis, data science, or computer science;
  • 15-20 hours of commitment per week;
  • Required proficiency with Python. Familiarity with web scraping, text analysis, data visualization, statistical analysis, and machine learning strongly preferred;
  • Excellent quantitative and qualitative research skills and the ability to write effectively and communicate clearly in English;
  • Ability to conduct research in Chinese language primary source strongly preferred but not necessary;
  • Based in Chicago strongly preferred.

Interested applicants should send a resumé, cover letter, writing sample, and academic transcript in one PDF document and a code sample to Annie Cantara.

( No phone calls please.