What does an Intern Researcher do?

Researchers work in almost every industry and are hired to recognize patterns and locate, analyze, and interpret data. They work in fields including academia, science, medicine, finance, and other sectors. Their workload depends upon and is influenced by their research goals. They cultivate information and gather data using the internet, books, published articles, surveys, and interviews. They interpret research specifications and develop a work plan that satisfies requirements.

Researchers analyze and interpret patterns and trends and record findings through written notes and appropriate software. They conduct desktop research and using books, journal articles, newspaper sources, questionnaires, surveys, and interviews. They maintain and protect electronic databases, write proposals, and deliver presentations. They report problems that arise to relevant stakeholders and follow a strict code of ethics by protecting confidential information at all times. A researcher needs a bachelor's degree in research or similar field-proven experience in a research field and a sound understanding of research methodologies.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.9 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.8 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Intern Researcher Salaries

Average Base Pay

$57,502 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $58K
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Intern Researcher Career Path

Learn how to become an Intern Researcher, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Intern Researcher Insights

Read what Intern Researcher professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
McGill UniversityMcGill University
Graduate Student Researcher
Oct 6, 2020

“I personally had a research supervisor that was supportive of future career plans and was instrumental in my professional development”

University of DelawareUniversity of Delaware
Research Intern
Sep 2, 2020

“I got to choose my own schedule and my PI and grad student were really nice”

Princeton UniversityPrinceton University
Research Intern
Sep 25, 2019

“It is a fantastic place to work and learn from the best and brightest minds.”

All Across AfricaAll Across Africa
Apr 7, 2021

“The team was fantastic and I really saw how many lives were being changed because of AAA’s work.”

University of New South WalesUniversity of New South Wales
Nov 19, 2019

“I was a beginner and the team was very helpful to me as a foreign intern.”

Iowa State UniversityIowa State University
Graduate Student Researcher
Dec 10, 2020

“Rotations are a great way to find out what kind of project and professor you want to work with.”

Downriver Commercial Real Estate
Jul 30, 2019

“the pay was good for doing computer work and the owner is a really nice guy.”

UC DavisUC Davis
Summer Undergraduate Researcher
May 26, 2021

“Fantastic P.I.s in the biomedical engineering department who push you for well structured research while supporting your career development.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a researcher intern

When working as a researcher intern, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Computer Network Operations, Algorithms, Machine Learning, PHD, and Systems Programming.

The most similar professions to researcher intern are:
  • Research Investigator
  • Research Fellow
  • Investigator
  • Research Assistant

The most common qualifications to become a researcher intern include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.