Fourth Economy believes in supporting the next generation of leaders through our internship programs. We are looking for creative and driven individuals who want to learn while working directly on real world projects.

We make an effort to assign interns to work on projects that fits with their interests and skill sets. However, because we are a small and dynamic firm, interns are expected to be flexible and have general research and writing skills.

Application For Internship

Fall 2019 Research Associate Internship Program

Who: Open to graduate students or recent graduates. Area of focus in applied economics, business, human centered design, public policy, project management, planning or marketing preferred.

What: Fourth Economy will assign Research Associates to work on projects that fit with their interest and skill set. For Fall 2019, we are looking for candidates interested in:

  • Redevelopment strategies for small post-industrial communities
  • Neighborhood business district development
  • Resilience of and climate change impacts on community and economic development
  • Non-profit strategic planning
  • Public/private partnership models for social impact and investing

In general, Research Associate tasks include interviewing stakeholders, research, benchmarking, data analysis, preparing presentations, taking meeting notes, and drafting memos. Though Research Associates will be assigned to help with particular projects, they may be asked to assist with smaller tasks for other projects. Research Associates will also be given the opportunity to participate in other meetings or events that match their interests when appropriate. All interns are invited to write blog posts on a relevant topic of their choosing. For more information on the types of work we do please see our project portfolio.

When: Fourth Economy is seeking Research Associates for Fall 2019 to work 15-20 hours per week. Though we offer flexible schedules, we do demand reliability. We are a small firm, often working on tight deadlines, and need to be able to count on Research Associates fulfilling the time commitments to which they’ve agreed.

Where: Our office is located in Pittsburgh’s Chateau neighborhood. We serve a national client base so some travel may be required.

Why: This position at Fourth Economy offers individuals the chance to work with a dynamic firm that practices a holistic and progressive approach to economic and community development. No filing or making coffee for others – just great, real-world experience. We are also growing so this may be your pathway to your next job.

Compensation: We offer a competitive wage rate for our interns that is based on experience and ability to contribute.

Want to take the next step?

If you’re interested in joining our team as an intern, please complete and submit the form below. Please remember to attach your resume and cover letter to the form, along with a brief description of your background and areas of expertise as it relates to Fourth Economy’s activities. If you have any trouble with the application form, you can email your cover letter, resume and answers to the questions directly to Pia Bernardini at

Application For Internship