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At CRA, you’ll be exposed to leading minds who use economic, financial, and business analysis to solve complex problems. Through a collegial environment, formal and informal training opportunities, and a broad array of professional development resources, the CRA experience opens doors. Hear from current employees about the work experience—from why they chose CRA, including the training and mentorship opportunities, to how CRA has grown their careers.

Economic Consulting—My Path to CRA

Throughout the summer, both friends and family have been persistently asking: “What are you up to, and where are you working?” It’s not exactly simple to explain what we do given the breadth and depth of all the work CRA does. So in a very poor attempt at explaining what it is we do at CRA, I try to analytically run them through our operations clients and deliverables. While my friends stare at me in confusion, I simply say as it is now custom in CRA—“We do math for lawyers.” Read more >

What I learned as a CRA Analyst Intern

My internship at CRA was 10 weeks long and went by much faster than I expected. Looking back, I’m startled by how much I’ve managed to learn in such a short time. I’ve become confident in my ability to write code in Stata and produce immaculate charts and tables in Excel. I even had the opportunity to learn about mapping in ArcGIS, which has been one of my goals for a few years. The fast-paced project work, thorough training, and Tech Lab allowed me to hone various skills in a very short time. Read more >

How to approach interviewing at CRA

It’s strange how one connection or one conversation could be the only reason you have ever heard of economic consulting, even as you’re on the job hunt. The data-driven nature of our work typically isn’t sexy enough to be featured in news headlines, so one’s first exposure to the industry often comes unexpected. Read more >

Insight into CRA’s analyst application process

Ah, interviewing—the great black box. Throw in the application steps that precede it, and the whole process can quickly become a morass that is often confusing, sometimes overwhelming, and rarely clear. Fortunately for me, and you too if you happen to be reading this, the CRA application process was none of the above. This clarity was one of the things that made CRA standout from the crowd, and in repayment of my good fortune, I will try to pass on that clarity to future applicants with a little light on the whole thing. Read more >

Six elements of a successful internship program

One of the founders of Charles River Associates (CRA) wrote, “Our goal for CRA was to build a bridge between academia and the world of business and government, where we would bring the developing technology of academia, especially in the then-burgeoning area of quantitative methods in economics, to the real world”.

Building upon that foundation, we have maintained deep relationships with academic institutions—including a long history of hosting undergraduate and graduate students as interns. Read more >

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