Research Intern

Job Title

Research Intern

Job Description

Heartland Forward is seeking a skilled individual to join the organization as a research intern in Bentonville, Arkansas.

As a Research Intern, the incumbent’s primary responsibility will be to advance Heartland Forward’s research program across a range of high-profile and time-critical projects. The intern will assist with active research projects focused on transforming the Heartland’s economies through our four pillars of economic development:

As a member of the research team, the intern will be expected to participate in Research team and Heartland Forward staff meetings, meetings with partner organizations (as appropriate), and other events.

Conditions of Contract


We provide a stipend dependent upon experience.

Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis as qualified applicants are identified. We will accept applications until we fill the position.


Basic Qualifications

Minimum Requirements:

Preferred Requirements:

About Heartland Forward

Heartland Forward's mission is to improve economic performance in the center of the United States by advocating for fact-based solutions to foster job creation, knowledge-based and inclusive growth and improved health outcomes. We conduct independent, data-driven research to facilitate action-oriented discussion and impactful policy recommendations. Recently, it launched its inaugural program – an idea accelerator, in Oxford, Mississippi, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, as part of Heartland Forward’s Community Growth Program and Toolkit (CGPT). The CGPT is providing communities with the resources needed to help inspire new ideas, build upon existing programs and connect with resources to achieve success. In addition, Heartland Forward has launched an initiative called Connecting the Heartland to help spread the word to millions of people in the Heartland about available federal funding available to expand access to high-speed internet. It also hosts a flagship event in Bentonville, Arkansas, called Heartland Summit.

Heartland Forward defines the central United States to include the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.


Heartland Forward is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building and maintaining a culturally diverse workplace. We encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status of protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability.

Basic Qualifications