Employment Opportunities

Upjohn Institute President

The W.E. Upjohn Institute seeks an inspiring and influential president for the critical role of providing strategic direction and leadership for our Institute. We require an executive with both the ability and desire to shape and disseminate the Institute’s work for maximum impact. For further information, please see our full listing.

Current Opportunities

Employment Specialist - Kalamazoo

Success Coach - Employer Resource Network

Research Intern

The Upjohn Institute is seeking a Research Intern to work with our Southcentral Michigan Planning Council (SMPC) Team on urban planning projects.

Our SMPC Team is one of 14 regions in Michigan that include Branch, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, and St. Joseph Counties. SMPC serves local units of governments, the Michigan Department of Transportation, and Road Commissions and Departments

Summary of Internship
This position will work closely with the Institute’s Southcentral Michigan Planning Council team and assist in conducting research for large-scale regional studies. Most notably, SMPC was asked to lead the creation of a regional housing plan. The plan will look to examine current housing development and utilization trends, analysis of market failures in the regional housing ecosystem, research best practices relative to regional housing, and development of strategies to overcome deficiencies in the housing system. This internship would contribute to the creation of the regional housing plan.
This position is under the supervision and guidance of the Southcentral Michigan Planning Council Director.

Responsibilities and Tasks
Assist in conducting research for, and drafting sections of, regional studies. Research activities will include: quantitative data assembly and analysis, qualitative data collection (assist with interviews and group discussions), analysis of case studies and best practice, and development of implementation strategies. Research applicable local, state and federal statutes. Other duties may vary by projects initiated during internship.

Learning Objectives
• Develop or enhance quantitative research and analysis skills including the use of statistical analytical software
• Develop or enhance qualitative research and analysis skills including interviewing, group discussions, and charrettes
• Gain an understanding research design and implementation
• Gain an understanding of project management

Competency and Skills
While a bachelor’s degree in urban planning, economics, mathematics, or a related field is required, this position will expose you to statistical analysis and related software, accessing publicly available data sources, regional planning, and the general understanding of municipal operations. Graduate level coursework would be beneficial. Must have excellent organizational, public relations, verbal and written communication skills and an interest in, and willingness to learn statistical analysis. Advanced knowledge of Microsoft and statistical analytical software products as well as other media tools is desired.

Length and Schedule of Internship
Internships are time limited, typically lasting three to six months. Length and schedule are negotiable based on the needs of the department and the candidates’ educational goals.

We Will Provide
• Challenging assignments and responsibilities
• Meaningful projects that complement academic programs and/or career interests
• A broad exposure to our organization
• Consistent feedback, supervision and mentoring
• Industry relevance and real-world application
• An encouraging, approachable and welcoming environment

How to Apply
To be considered, candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and list of references to HR@upjohn.org by July 31, 2018.

About the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

Since 1932, the Upjohn Institute has functioned as one of the world’s leading independent labor economics research organizations, seeking to research the causes and effects of unemployment and to devise ways and means of alleviating unemployment. The Institute has an outstanding research staff, and it houses the administrative arm of the local workforce development programs. The combination offers a rich source of data and opportunities for operational experimentation.  

Application Instructions

Submit CV/resume and letter of interest to hr@upjohn.org.

Equal Opportunity Employment

The Upjohn Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and as such, is committed to affirmative action steps to help achieve a goal of equality in the treatment of employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age height, weight, national origin, veteran or disability status in hiring, promotion training and development, compensation, transfer, termination, disciplinary action, and all other personnel actions and Institute related functions and activities. 

Current openings

      Employment Specialist- Kalamazoo
      Success Coach - Employer Resource Network
      Research Intern