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Summer Associate Job Description

As a Summer Associate at NPD you will gain a winning advantage.  Our Associates learn through immersion, what it means to be innovative, client-centric, and continuously growing. 

The Opportunity

This is a ten-week program designed to give participants an opportunity to broaden their knowledge and develop a solid foundation in the field of market research through a variety of disciplines: consumer research, custom research, quantitative analysis, strategy, and broader market insights. The program consists of one week of classroom training followed by placement in a specific business unit, where you will learn the day-to-day responsibilities and activities of that department. The program features senior management speakers, networking events, a performance evaluation, a mentorship program, and a business project. 

On The Job

As a Summer Associate, you will be placed with an experienced business leader who you will work with side-by-side.  You will quickly become an integral member of the team, contributing to real world business challenges with your own day-to-day responsibilities.  Regardless of where you are placed, you will have the opportunity to work with both internal and external clients. 

Training Program

Your training experience will begin with a one-day orientation focused on getting you acquainted to the company and our business.  The remainder of your first week will focus on developing the essential knowledge and skills needed for a successful summer.  The curriculum includes basic product knowledge, business-specific overviews, technical and professional skills training and career development. 


  • You are pursuing an undergraduate or advanced degree as a junior with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • You have advanced knowledge of Excel (pivot tables, v-lookups & advanced formulas)
  • You are analytical, innovative and insightful, possess a growth mindset and are a collaborative team player with strong verbal and written communication skills. 
  • A market research background is not necessary as we are looking for distinguished students from various academic disciplines, and are interested in your potential, mindset, and passion for the industry.
  • Details on 2018 Application Coming Soon
    Please send your resume to talentacquisition@npd.com

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