Research Internship Statistics in the US

The average employee age for research interns is 36 years. The research internship workforce reached a whopping 202,081 in 2020!

Among research interns, we discovered that 46.2% of them are women, while 43.3% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among research interns is White, which makes up 68.7% of all research interns. Comparatively, there are 12.9% of the Asian ethnicity and 10.1% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity. Research interns are also more likely to work at education companies in comparison to public companies. Taking it a step further, research interns are more likely to find a job in the education industry.

From where do we know all information about research internship demographics? We analyzed 48,157 research interns resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Research Internship Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as research interns. Keep reading to find out what the results for research interns were.

Research Internship Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among research interns is White, which makes up 68.7% of all research interns. Comparatively, there are 12.9% of the Asian ethnicity and 10.1% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

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  • White, 68.7%
  • Asian, 12.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 10.2%
  • Black or African American, 5.0%
  • Unknown, 3.0%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.2%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Research Internships

The chart below shows that 34.2% of research interns speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 13.2% and Chinese is the third-most popular at 9.4%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 34.2%
  • French, 13.2%
  • Chinese, 9.4%
  • Mandarin, 9.0%
  • German, 4.7%
  • Other, 29.5%

Most Common Degree for Research Internship

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for research interns. The most common degree for research interns is bachelor's degree. In fact, 68% of research interns earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 22% and rounding it off is doctoral degree with 5%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors degree, 70%
  • Masters degree, 14%
  • Certificate degree, 7%
  • Associate degree, 5%
  • Other Degrees, 4%

Research Internship Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among research interns.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Research Internship Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the research internship position over time.


Research Internship Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of research interns changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

We determined the average age of research interns based on ethnicity and gender.


Number Of Years On The Job For Research Internship

By looking over 48,157 research interns resumes, we figured out that the average research internship enjoys staying at their job for Less than 1 year for a percentage of 79%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Research Internship Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of research internship employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of research interns is 40+ years old, which represents 35% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Research Internships with Other Job Titles

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, grain elevator worker and chief estimator have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Human Resources Administrative Assistant11%85%
Wedding Coordinator11%83%
Assistant To Human Resources Director12%83%
Research Internship43%46%
Timber Buyer88%7%
Chief Estimator91%6%
Grain Elevator Worker91%8%
Grain Elevator Worker
Chief Estimator
Timber Buyer
Research Internship
Assistant To Human Resources Director
Wedding Coordinator
Human Resources Administrative Assistant

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Research Internships with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to research interns.

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Job Titleascdesc
General Purchasing Agent12.70%
Research Internship14.22%
Employee Relations Coordinator16.05%
Retail Buyer16.98%
Damage Appraiser19.42%
Economic Consultant20.62%
Booking Agent23.56%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Research Internship?

Male Income
Female Income

Research Internship Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that Asian men and Asian women make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino

Research Internship Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Bachelor's Degree$32,826
Master's Degree$49,536
Doctorate Degree$52,023

Research Internship Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

Research Internship Heatmaps

Where Do Research Internships Earn The Most?

The map here shows where research interns earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Research Internships Located?

By looking through more than 48,157 resumes, we found that the most popular places for research interns are NY, New York and DC, Washington.

Number of Research Internships

Where Are Research Internships In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country research interns are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Research Internship Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ research interns. We found that the most common company type is education. In addition, the industry that employs the most research interns is the education industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire research interns.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Research Internship Work In

Employees with the research internship job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most research interns prefer to work at education companies over public companies.

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Industry Concentration

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ research interns. Those industries include education, health care and non profits.

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Health Care

Fortune 500

Non Profits


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