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Associate, Research – Milken Institute California Center

Location: Santa Monica, Calif.


The Milken Institute is looking for an Associate with experience conducting quantitative research and data analysis to join our California Center team.  The ideal candidate will have training and/or experience in econometric modeling, statistics, regional and/or urban economics, and an interest in public policy as it relates to California’s economy, jobs, and business environment. Primary areas of focus will include housing, infrastructure, and transportation, as well as other strategic industries to the state such as media, technology, and entertainment; manufacturing; and trade.

This role will report to the Associate Director of Policy, but in addition to research responsibilities, the Associate will also work collaboratively with the entire California Center team and Milken Institute staff at large to support Center and Institute-wide programming and events such as the annual California Summit and annual Milken Institute Global Conference. 

The Associate role will provide an outstanding opportunity to hone one’s skills and contribute to reports and materials that will be considered by state and federal policymakers, business leaders, and other high-profile policy and business influencers. 


  • Identify and acquire data, from publicly available sources (e.g., census bureau) to private sources (e.g., certain state, county, or municipal collections; academic institutions, and/or paid vendors)
  • Manage databases (e.g., creating data sets, cleaning and prepping data for analysis)
  • Analyze data and model economic outcomes 
  • Translate quantitative outcomes in writing and visually (e.g., a PowerPoint presentation) to integrate into larger research reports or for shorter, stand-alone products (e.g., op-eds, an industry presentation, etc.)
  • Support Center events and programming staff with substantive background materials and research. E.g., for a housing forum, prepare qualitative and quantitative background reading for forum participants summarizing the issue(s) and including with key data points and legislative action items


  • The idea candidate will be a recent graduate with a master’s degree in public policy, urban planning, economics, or a similar field with a specific focus on the application of quantitative research and analysis to his/her studies. An undergraduate degree with 2-5 years’ work experience in the desired skill set could suffice.
  • Proficiency with EViews or similar statistical, forecasting, and modeling software (e.g., SPSS, STATA).
  • Ability to contextualize data analysis for real-world public policy 
  • Strong, clear, and concise writer
  • Data visualization training or an interest in acquiring these skills (Tableau or similar software) is a nice-to-have.
  • Proactive with a flexible attitude 

Click here to submit your resume and cover letter. All materials must be in PDF format.