Internship, Career and Grad School Prep

  • Chicago Booth Research Staff Program

    This fall’s pre-doc hiring cycle at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business has begun!

    What is a Pre-Doc: Pre-docs (sometimes called Research Professionals or full-time RAs) are two-year appointments working directly for faculty on their research in the quantitative social sciences (QSS). 

    Who is a good fit for this program? Students who are interested in graduate study in QSS fields but do not yet feel ready for a PhD program, or who are uncertain whether they want to pursue a PhD, find these positions to be especially useful.  Students with rigorous quantitative backgrounds outside of the social sciences (e.g., physics, engineering) have used the pre-doctoral path to transition into QSS programs. 

    Why Pre-Doc? Through their work for faculty, pre-docs expand their research toolkit, learn more about the research process, and pick up important credentialing through faculty letters of reference. These are competitively paid positions with full benefits.

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    The PREDOC Consortium also provides a wealth of programming and information sessions, as well as guides to the pre-doc application process

    For more information, contact: Staff at Booth and PREDOC at

If you have any questions, please contact Economics Advising Office at 860-486-3022.