Howard University's Founders Library is seen in the distance.
Howard University's Founders Library is seen in the distance. Howard is hosting AEASP “in support of increasing the pipeline of underrepresented minority economists.”
Oscar Merrida IV

Amazon to sponsor Howard University summer program aimed at increasing pipeline of minority economists

Howard University is the first Black college to host the American Economic Association Summer Training and Scholarship Program.

Howard University recently announced that it will host the American Economic Association Summer Training and Scholarship Program (AEASP) “in support of increasing the pipeline of underrepresented minority economists.” The program will be hosted at Howard for the next five years, and Amazon is sponsoring next summer’s program. Amazon first began discussions with Howard University about sponsoring AEASP about two years ago. The program, which aims to prepare “talented undergraduates for doctoral programs in economics and related disciplines,” will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2024 at Howard.

"The lack of diversity in economics becomes self-reinforcing"

Four economists from diverse backgrounds shared how economics can address its diversity problem and talked about how their lives have shaped their work as economists.

That Howard, an historically Black college and university (HBCU) which produces more Black economics undergrads than any other institution, is hosting AEASP for the first time serves as a reminder of the progress the economics profession still must make.

The Caucus of Black Economists (later called the National Economics Association) first began exploring the issues of underrepresentation of minorities within the economics field in 1969. More than 50 years later, the economics profession is still grappling with structural issues. In fact, last January’s AEA conference in San Diego featured a panel titled, “How Can Economics Solve Its Race Problem.”

Rhonda Vonshay Sharpe and Omari H. Swinton standing in front of Howard University.
Rhonda Vonshay Sharpe, left, and Omari H. Swinton, right, are seen posing on the campus of Howard University. They discussed why economics still struggles with diversity.
Oscar Merrida IV

Omari H. Swinton, the chair of Howard University’s Department of Economics, who is both an alumni and the current director of the AEA summer program, as well as the past president of the National Economics Association, has observed that, “The vast majority of institutions in the US have never had a Black economist on staff, and the vast majority of schools have never graduated a Black PhD economist.”

Rhonda Vonshay Sharpe, the founder and president of the Women's Institute for Science, Equity, and Race (WISER), which is also a partner in next summer’s AEASP program, authored a research paper in 2019 that found that from 1966 to 2015, “the number of undergraduate economics degrees conferred to Black women was stagnant, and there was a decrease in the number of doctorates conferred to Black men.”

So why does the economics field still have such a massive disparity in minority representation? What needs to happen for systemic progress to be made? Amazon Science sat down with Sharpe and Swinton to ask those questions, as well as why Howard hosting the summer program is so significant, and what advice they would give to students considering economics as a major or profession. We also talked with Amazon chief economist Pat Bajari to find out why Amazon is sponsoring next summer’s AEASP program, and why he thinks diversity within the economics profession is essential.

A Howard University sign on the Howard campus
The AEASP will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2024 at Howard University.
Oscar Merrida IV

Why does economics still have such a significant diversity problem?

Omari H. Swinton: I don't know that economics, as a profession, has really agreed that there's a problem. I think that's one of the big issues—we’ll say there's a problem, but nothing ever changes. You oftentimes hear people say things like, ‘We want to increase diversity’ but don't actually make any changes. They just say that that's something that they want to do.

It’s not as if these things haven't been out there. There are people out there who have dedicated their lives to bringing these types of issues to the forefront. I go back to Sandy Darity as an example. If you read from his earlier work, he's talking about these issues. Gregory Price has chronicled which institutions have Black economists in them. Rhonda has been looking at these issues for years.

Whether the economics profession is really ready to change is the issue. There have been a lot of people who have been talking about these issues for years. Others have come out and mentioned these problems more recently, but they ignore the fact that people have been talking about issues of underrepresentation for years.

Rhonda Vonshay Sharpe on the campus of Howard University
Rhonda Vonshay Sharpe says economics needs to define what diversity means. "If you don't define it, you can't measure it, or hold folks accountable."
Oscar Merrida IV

Rhonda Vonshay Sharpe: I narrow the problem down to be three things: 1) Economics has never defined what diversity means, and if you don't define it, you can't measure it, or hold folks accountable; 2) We don't have accurate data to track progress. We need to collect data that can be disaggregated by characteristics that have been used to limit participation in the profession. For example, when you talk about women, that usually means white women, and when we talk in terms of race, then you're really talking about men, and both of those descriptors are biased; and 3) As Omari said, there's enormous erasure happening. People have been doing this a long time, yet newcomers who have recently gotten tenure suddenly feel bad. They are handed a mic as if they are now the authorities. They don’t bother to understand whose shoulders they're standing on.

What needs to happen to address this problem? What role can academic institutions and companies like Amazon play?

Sharpe: I don't think the answer is to hire more Black economists. I really don't. And here is why: Because I think that when people say, ‘hire more Black economists’, people do just that, they hire Black economists. They do not think about whether or not those Black economists are bringing lived experiences that are going to help you craft policies to better interact with your customers.

One of the things I've been saying to folks recently is we need to talk more about structural classism and the ways in which we treat folks who are poor. So, it's not just about hiring Black economists, it's not about hiring Hispanic economists. It's about hiring folks who have lived experience in the US that will get at the inequality and related issues. That's not going to be solved just by hiring an economist because they are non-white.

Omari H. Swinton, the chair of Howard University's Department of Economics, on Howard's campus.
Omari H. Swinton says the AEASP program coming to Howard "is important because this is what our program is designed to do: increase minority participation in the economics profession."
Oscar Merrida IV

Swinton: If you say you want to diversify the profession, then stop looking at things that are not really problems. For example, there's not really a pipeline problem. You can ask almost any economics professor who teaches Principles of Economics, and most will tell you that is probably one of the worst classes to use if you want somebody to be interested in economics as a profession. But it really hasn't changed in years.

One change that we're making in the summer program is the experiential internship, or experiential learning. We’re going to place students with think tanks and corporations to actually see what an economist outside of the academy does. Everybody that gets a PhD in economics isn't going to be able to get a job as a professor. What does it look like to be an economist at Amazon? What does it look like to be an economist at the Census Bureau or at Brookings? Those are entirely different experiences. We’re trying to partner with as many different organizations as possible.

Hopefully we'll see change at those institutions, because students will come to the summer program, have that experience, and want to go back to those institutions. Rather than wanting to be a professor, they will, for example, say, ‘I want to be an economist at the Census Bureau, because I believe this research is important.’ It’s important for organizations, public and private, to be available to students, so they can see the type of experiences they can have if they work for you.

Pat Bajari
Pat Bajari, Amazon vice president and chief economist
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Pat Bajari: As an economist, I have always thought of this is in terms of diminishing returns. If you always have the same type of viewpoint, and keep hiring replicas of that viewpoint, the returns you get from that eventually decrease. Having different viewpoints allows you to do better work. And because we serve a large and diverse base of customers, we have a large and diverse base of problems. We want to take a leading role in supporting a new generation of economists from underrepresented minorities—it is not only the right thing to do, but it will also help bring strong and diverse voices that will create an even more inclusive customer experience.

When individuals come from different backgrounds, they bring different perspectives to the table. You do better work when you have different perspectives.
Pat Bajari

Swinton: One thing organizations can do is find programs that are actually successful at achieving the types of goals they’re pursuing. For example, some of the research done by Becker et al. shows that about 20 percent of Blacks that have PhDs in economics have attended the AEASP program. By helping support Howard in hosting AEASP in this first year, Amazon is doing that. Without Amazon’s support, Howard wouldn't be able to host the AEA summer program at all. We certainly hope others will follow Amazon’s lead.

What is the significance of the summer program coming to Howard?

Swinton: The summer program is extremely important in my path as an economist. My first cohort of economists were the people that I met through the summer program. Howard is the number one producer as an undergraduate feeder of Blacks who go on to get PhDs in economics. This is our mission and one of our goals as an institution and as a department, and I think the AEA summer program coming to Howard is important because this is what our program is designed to do: increase minority participation in the economics profession.

The National Economics Association summer program came out of Marcus Alexis’ mind as a program to help get minorities interested in economics. For the AEASP program to come to Howard at this point in time is a great honor. It’s an honor to be the first HBCU to host the summer program.

Sharpe: I'm excited to see a program that's going to be led by Blacks, which I think is incredibly important, as the program will celebrate 50 years while it's at Howard in 2024. It just feels full circle in terms of thinking about Marcus Alexis, who was a Black economist, and then having the program 50 years later be at an institution that is the number one producer of Black economists. That's incredibly exciting.

Finally, what advice would you give to someone considering whether to pursue a degree in economics? Why is economics such an important field?

Bajari: A lot of economics is understanding people's material wellbeing. Who has low wages? Who has high wages? If you take a given policy, whether that's central bank policy or interventions into labor markets, etcetera, these things deeply, deeply, deeply affect people's lives, people's material outcomes. What they can purchase and where they can live and where they can send their kids to school and so forth. It's an important set of questions, and they range from micro things about what happens to the individual, to macro things, such as how the whole world is evolving and changing in response to things like COVID-19.

Howard University's Founders Library
Howard University's Founders Library is seen here. Howard is the first Black college to host AEASP.
Oscar Merrida IV

If we change policy or somebody goes to college versus doesn't go to college, what are the implications of those economic variables? I know this is what attracted me to economics. As a young person, growing up pretty poor in rural Minnesota, I was interested in the world and how it worked. And I liked economics because it brought math and data and scientific formalism to those questions. That's not the only way you can look at those questions, or the only way you should look at them, but it’s one way that's highly useful.

Sharpe: For students pursuing a PhD in economics, my main advice is to pick a PhD program that's a good fit for you. Many students think that if you don't go to a top program, you can't have a successful career. That’s not true. I went to Claremont Graduate University, not highly ranked, but I had an amazing time as a graduate student. I loved it. My mentee when I was in graduate school was Olugbenga Ajilore who’s at CAP (Center for American Progress) now, who is a rock star right now in terms of being in the news and asking people to think about rural communities. He and I didn't go to top economics departments, but we went to places that were good fits for us, and that's incredibly important.

Bajari: “Technology economics” is a booming field. The largest conference held by the National Association of Business Economists is now the tech economics conference. It’s larger than their annual conference now, because it's been an explosive area of job growth for young people. We are one of the larger private sector employers of economists. When you're in that role, you have an obligation to demonstrate leadership. We saw sponsorship of AEASP as an opportunity to expose young PhDs to this emerging field. I thought Howard was very thoughtful about their proposal, and I'm hoping AEASP can help us establish a pipeline of highly qualified candidates.

Swinton: I talk to students about this all the time. You want to make a change, and you want to be a policy maker? Be an economist. You want to go into business and work on Wall Street, make a lot of money? Be an economist. Economics is one of the most useful majors because it allows you the opportunity you to go out and do a wide variety of things based on the basic training you obtain.

Applications for the summer program are open and the deadline to apply is January 31, 2021. To apply, visit economics.howard.edu/aeasp. The program will be held May 27 to July 25, 2021, and be offered in Washington, D.C., contingent upon COVID-19 restrictions.

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Amazon is focused on protecting the health and safety of our employees while continuing to serve people who need our services more than ever. Regular testing on a global scale across all industries would both help keep people safe and help get the economy back up and running. But, for this to work, we as a society would need vastly more testing capacity than is currently available. Unfortunately, today we live in a world of scarcity where COVID-19 testing is heavily rationed.To help solve this problem, Amazon has begun building incremental testing capacity and conducting research and development to apply cutting-edge technology advances to solve testing bottlenecks. We are seeking a Bioinformatics Lead to help define new approaches and execute against scaling them. You will work with a unique and gifted team developing these and collaborate with cross-functional teams. Our team rewards intellectual curiosity while maintaining a laser-focus in bringing products to market. Competitive candidates are responsive, flexible, and able to succeed within an open, collaborative, entrepreneurial, startup-like environment. At the cutting edge of both academic and applied research in this product area, you have the opportunity to work together with some of the most talented scientists, engineers, and product managers in the field.
US, MA, Cambridge
Want to transform the way people enjoy music, video, and radio? Come join the team that made Amazon Music, Spotify, Hulu, Netflix, Pandora, available to Alexa customers. We are innovating the way our customers interact with entertainment in the living room, on the go, and in the car. We are at the epicenter of the future of entertainment.Alexa Entertainment is looking for an Applied Scientist as we build a team of talented and passionate scientists for ASR (automatic speech recognition) and NLU (natural language understanding). As an Applied Scientist, you will participate in the design, development, and evaluation of models and ML (machine learning) technology so that customers have the magical experience of entertainment via Alexa. You will help lay the foundation to move from directed interactions to learned behaviors that enable Alexa to proactively take action on behalf of the customer. And, you will have the satisfaction of working on a product your friends and family can relate to, and want to use every day. Like the world of smart phones less than 10 years ago, this is a rare opportunity to have a giant impact on the way people live.You will be part of a team delivering features that are highly anticipated by media and well received by our customers.
US, WA, Seattle
Are you passionate about leveraging your economics/econometrics skills and data to deliver actionable insights that impact daily business decisions at Amazon? Do you like getting "scrappy" with data and applied economics tools to answer challenging product and customer behavior questions? Do you enjoy building flexible, performant, and global solutions for complex financial, risk, and causal inference problems? If so, here is a great opportunity to consider!A day in the lifeAmazon B2B Payments is seeking a thoughtful Economist who combines their causal inference expertise with business intuition to generate critical insights that will set the strategic direction of the business. As an Economist on the Credit Systems Research team, you will design and build systems/solutions that support financial products, working closely with business partners, product partners, and engineers. Your work will focus on Amazon Lending, which offers loan products to help small and medium-sized businesses grow on Amazon. You will utilize causal inference and experimentation methodologies, data and coding skills, problem solving and analytical skills, and excellent communication to deliver customer value.About the hiring groupThe mission of B2B Payments is to create trusted paying experiences and financial services that empower any business to engage with Amazon from anywhere in any way. Within B2B Payments, the Credit Systems team builds models and systems to maximize business growth and customer experience/value while achieving risk constraints.Job responsibilitiesYou will support our causal analysis and experimentation workstreams. You will use novel and advanced causal economics/econometrics techniques to answer questions on a number of challenging business questions related to credit systems products, focusing on Amazon Lending. You will be responsible for researching insights as well as educating the business, product, marketing, and business development teams on the implementation of those insights to enable data-driven decision making. You will partner with our product management, finance, marketing, engineering, and operations teams to:· Contribute to the development and enhancement of business payment products and features.· Use observational as well as experimental data to develop empirical econometric analysis and models to drive the business and improve our causal inference workstream.· Understand business and product strategies, goals, and objectives and help set the causal and experimental roadmap.· Analyze and solve problems at their root, stepping back to understand the broader context.Amazon is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Amazon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected status. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.amazon.jobs/en/disability/us.
US, CA, Glendale
The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Center for Quantum Computing in Pasadena, CA, is looking to hire a Quantum Research Scientist with expertise in implementing, characterizing and validating coherentcontrol techniques for quantum information processing. Working alongside physicists and engineers, you will use your coherent control knowledge to help develop and implement novel multi-qubit control protocols. You will then use your experimental experience as you characterize, verify and validate their performance on qubit processors. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:· using control theory, device physics, and quantum information concepts as necessary to develop and debug control/characterization protocols· numerical simulation of protocols on multi-qubit systems to inform experiments· converting protocols to experimental reality using a mixture of commercial and custom hardware· contributing experimental routines and data analysis to the control software codebase· developing statistically valid data analysis routines to distill the data into plainly communicable results to a multi-disciplinary teamWork/Life BalanceAt the AWS CQC, we understand that developing quantum computing technology is a marathon, not a sprint. Mental and physical wellness is encouraged within our team and throughout AWS. The work/life integration within Amazon encourages a culture where employees work hard and have ownership over their downtime. We are exploring more structured wellness elements including meditation scheduling, running group meet-ups, and a culture of sharing wellness tips.Mentorship and Career GrowthWe are committed to the growth and development of every member of the Center for Quantum Computing. You will receive career-growth-minded management and mentorship from a software and science team and also have the opportunity to participate in Amazon's mentorship programs. You will work closely with quantum research scientists and have opportunities to learn about quantum computing technology and contribute to the development of scientific software for quantum computing at AWS.Inclusive and Diverse CultureThe AWS CQC is intentional about attracting, developing, and retaining amazing talent from diverse backgrounds to build a world class team. We’re looking for a new teammate who is enthusiastic, empathetic, curious, motivated, reliable, and able to work effectively with their peers. With quantum computing being a new and growing initiative within AWS, you would have an opportunity to make an impact on our budding team culture.Amazon is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation
US, NY, New York
The Automated Reasoning Group in AWS Platform is looking for an Applied Scientist with experience in building secure, scalable solutions that delight customers. You will be part of a world-class team building the next generation of automated reasoning tools and services. You will apply your knowledge to propose solutions, create software prototypes, and productize prototypes into production systems using software development tools and methodologies. In addition, you will support and scale your solutions to meet the ever-growing demand of customer use. You have strong verbal and written communication skills, are self-driven and deliver high quality results in a fast-paced environment.Each day, hundreds of thousands of developers make billions of transactions worldwide on AWS. They harness the power of the cloud to enable innovative applications, websites, and businesses. Using automated reasoning technology and mathematical proofs, AWS allows customers to answer questions about security, availability, durability, and functional correctness. We call this provable security, absolute assurance in security of the cloud and in the cloud. https://aws.amazon.com/security/provable-security/As an applied scientist on team, you will play a pivotal role in shaping the definition, vision, design, roadmap and development of product features from beginning to end. You will:· Research algorithms in code-level automated reasoning involving the Rust and C languages to scale automated proofs of AWS code· Design, implement, test, deploy and maintain innovative software solutions to transform service performance, durability, cost, and security· Use software engineering best practices to ensure a high standard of quality for all of the team deliverables· Prove properties of business-critical software and systems software· Work in an agile, startup-like development environment, where you are always working on the most important stuff· Work with the team to help drive business decisionsAWS has the most services and more features within those services, than any other cloud provider–from infrastructure technologies like compute, storage, and databases–to emerging technologies, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, data lakes and analytics, and Internet of Things. AWS Platform is the glue that holds the AWS ecosystem together. Whether its Identity features such as access management and sign on, cryptography, console, builder & developer tools, and even projects like automating all of our contractual billing systems, AWS Platform is always innovating with the customer in mind. The AWS Platform team sustains over 750 million transactions per second.This role can be based in Boston, NYC, Seattle, Bay Area, and other major cities.Mentorship & Career GrowthWe have a formal mentor search application that lets you find a mentor that works best for you based on location, job family, job level etc. Your manager can also help you find a mentor or two, because two is better than one. In addition to formal mentors, we work and train together so that we are always learning from one another, and we celebrate and support the career progression of our team members.Inclusion and DiversityOur team is diverse! We drive towards an inclusive culture and work environment. We are intentional about attracting, developing, and retaining amazing talent from diverse backgrounds. Team members are active in Amazon’s 10+ affinity groups, sometimes known as employee resource groups, which bring employees together across businesses and locations around the world. These range from groups such as the Black Employee Network, Latinos at Amazon, Indigenous at Amazon, Families at Amazon, Amazon Women and Engineering, LGBTQ+, Warriors at Amazon (Military), Amazon People With Disabilities, and more.Work/Life BalanceOur team puts a high value on work-life balance. It isn’t about how many hours you spend at home or at work; it’s about the flow you establish that brings energy to both parts of your life. We believe striking the right balance between your personal and professional life is critical to life-long happiness and fulfillment. We offer flexibility in working hours and encourage you to find your own balance between your work and personal lives.This position involves on-call responsibilities, typically for one week every two months. We don’t like getting paged in the middle of the night or on the weekend, so we work to ensure that our systems are fault tolerant. When we do get paged, we work together to resolve the root cause so that we don’t get paged for the same issue twice.
US, WA, Seattle
Amazon is looking for an outstanding Data Scientist to join the AWS Product Analytics team. This is your opportunity to be a core part of the team that has direct impact on affecting the long term roadmap of the AWS EC2 Product Team. This role is within a larger Data science, Business Intelligence & Data engineering team that focuses on broad data exploration, quantitative methodology, and statistical modeling to drive actionable data intelligence in AWS.Since early 2006, AWS has provided companies of all sizes with an infrastructure platform in the cloud. AWS is a high-growth, fast-moving division within Amazon with a start-up mentality where new and diverse challenges arise every day. On the AWS Product Analytics team you will be surrounded by people that are exceptionally talented, bright, and driven, and believe that world class Data Science is critical to our success. To help build this growing team, you must be highly analytical and possess a strong passion for analytics and accountability, set high standards with a focus on superior business success. We take working hard, having fun, and making history seriously. AWS sets the standard for functionality, cost, and performance for many cloud based services, but it’s still early days for cloud computing, and there are boundless opportunities to continue to redefine the world of cloud computing - come help us make history!As a Data Scientist, you will discover and solve real world problems by analyzing large amounts of business data, defining new metrics and business cases, designing simulations and experiments, creating models, and collaborating with colleagues in business, software, and research. You will get the exciting opportunity to work on some of the world’s largest and diverse datasets. The successful candidate will have a strong quantitative background and can thrive in an environment that leverages statistics, machine learning, operations research, econometrics, and business analysis.Here at AWS, we embrace our differences. We are committed to furthering our culture of inclusion. We have ten employee-led affinity groups, reaching 40,000 employees in over 190 chapters globally. We have innovative benefit offerings, and host annual and ongoing learning experiences, including our Conversations on Race and Ethnicity (CORE) and AmazeCon (gender diversity) conferences. Amazon’s culture of inclusion is reinforced within our 14 Leadership Principles, which remind team members to seek diverse perspectives, learn and be curious, and earn trust.Work/Life BalanceOur team puts a high value on work-life balance. It isn’t about how many hours you spend at home or at work; it’s about the flow you establish that brings energy to both parts of your life. We believe striking the right balance between your personal and professional life is critical to life-long happiness and fulfillment. We offer flexibility in working hours and encourage you to find your own balance between your work and personal lives.Mentorship & Career GrowthOur team is dedicated to supporting new members. We have a broad mix of experience levels and tenures, and we’re building an environment that celebrates knowledge sharing and mentorship. Our senior members enjoy one-on-one mentoring and thorough, but kind, code reviews. We care about your career growth and strive to assign projects based on what will help each team member develop into a better-rounded engineer and enable them to take on more complex tasks in the future.
US, NH, Virtual Location - New Hampshi
The Amazon Device and Services Design Group (DDG) creates revolutionary products used by millions of customers around the world every day - including Echo, Fire TV, Alexa Communications, and more. Within DDG, the DDG Research team is one of the behind-the-scenes teams that enables Amazon’s Devices’ leaders to make informed decisions based on sound mixed-method research and analytics. We are seeking an exceptional Research Scientist to join our team to help us derive insights that serve our customers. If you are inquisitive, passionate about how research can improve decision making, enjoy weaving data into a telling story, and like your research to have real world impact, we want you on our team.As a successful Research Scientist, you:· Are enthusiastic about collaborating with a cross-functional team of UX designers, researchers (qualitative and quantitative), business partners, design technologists, and developers to provide actionable insights.· Demonstrate excellent statistical skills and are excited about learning new methods.· Are naturally curious about people, especially their motivations, attitudes, and behaviors.· Excel when interacting with business and technical partners whether you are chatting, sending a written message, writing a technical report, or conducting a presentation.· Enjoy working with stakeholders to define their key business needs and deliver on those commitments.· Innovate on behalf of your customers by proactively implementing improvements and taking steps to address challenges that they had not yet identified.· Are drawn to ambiguous, complex problems.· Surface and question both your own and others’ underlying assumptions.· Persuade decision makers at all levels of the organization to take aligned action on research findings – inspire and help them internalize opportunities to delight our customers and differentiate our service.· Define, execute, and invent research methods appropriate to the questions at hand, including but not limited to field research, surveys, lab studies, remote testing, and A-B tests.
US, PA, Pennsylvania
The Amazon Economics Team is hiring Interns in Economics. We are looking for detail-oriented, organized, and responsible individuals who are eager to learn how to work with large and complicated data sets. Some knowledge of econometrics, as well as basic familiarity with Stata or R is necessary, and experience with SQL, UNIX, and Sawtooth would be a plus.These are full-time positions at 40 hours per week, with compensation being awarded on an hourly basis. You will learn how to build data sets and perform applied econometric analysis at Internet speed collaborating with economists, data scientists and MBAʼs. These skills will translate well into writing applied chapters in your dissertation and provide you with work experience that may help you with placement.Roughly 50% of research assistants from previous cohorts have converted to full time data science or economics employment at Amazon. If you are interested, please send your CV to our mailing list at econ-internship@amazon.com.Amazon is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation