Summer Associate

New York, NY; Boston, MA; Washington DC; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA; Menlo Park
Dec 15, 2020
Feb 13, 2021

Who We Are

Cornerstone Research is a leading economic and financial consulting firm with more than 700 staff members across eight offices. Together with an extensive network of internationally prominent faculty, we conduct rigorous, objective research applying the highest standards from  academia  to  address complex  financial,  economic,  accounting,  and  marketing  issues  that arise  in  litigation  and regulatory investigation.

Cornerstone Research is involved in a broad variety of high-profile legal cases and disputes. Current matters focus on such topics as capital markets, business and securities valuation, M&A and corporate events, risk management, market competition, high frequency trading, the impact of marketing on consumers, and patent infringement. For example, we address issues affecting the ongoing development of financial markets, such as applying frameworks at the intersection of finance and industrial organization economics to evaluate price setting in derivative markets. Beyond the financial markets, we address financial economics issues arising in a range of sectors, from such innovation-driven industries as life sciences and high technology to energy, telecommunications, and industrial markets. We address economic  issues  when  evaluating  potential  mergers, claims  of anticompetitive  conduct,  and  the  impact  of  intellectual  property infringement. We also address marketing and economic issues arising in cases with allegations of misleading marketing or false claims. More detail can be found on our website at

Summer Associate at Cornerstone Research

Cornerstone Research offers candidates pursuing doctoral studies in finance, economics, econometrics, accounting, or marketing the opportunity to join the firm for six to twelve weeks to gain first-hand experience in our work in the role of a Summer Associate. The role is designed to mirror the experience of a first-year Associate and includes case assignments as well as formal training.

Summer Associates work closely with senior staff, clients, and experts to define objectives, guide research efforts, manage deadlines and mentor junior staff. Daily responsibilities typically include assisting with developing project strategy, conducting research, directing analysis, understanding and summarizing data and key findings, and proposing effective solutions to problems faced by their teams. This is a great opportunity for doctoral candidates to use theoretical and empirical research skills gained through their graduate-level training to devise and apply innovative and rigorous analytical approaches to interesting real-world issues. The outcomes of our cases can have a direct and immediate impact on public policy and corporate strategy.

While many Summer Associates choose to spend their summer with us, the timing and duration of this position is flexible and can be arranged any time over the summer or during the academic year.

Candidate Profile

We seek candidates who are pursuing doctoral studies in finance, economics, econometrics, accounting, or marketing, and who will be graduating in 2022 or 2023. Candidates must have the ability to apply academic research to real-world issues. We are currently hiring in our Boston, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley (Menlo Park, CA), New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC offices. We will be interviewing at our local offices on a rolling basis.

Visiting Summer Associate candidates must be eligible to work in the United States. Cornerstone Research will consider international candidates with F-1 status who can independently obtain work authorization.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter (including a statement describing your interest in economic and financial consulting and location preferences), and a resume here:


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Cornerstone Research

599 Lexington Avenue, 40th Floor

New York, NY 10022-7642


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