The Policy Research Collaborative offers unpaid Research Assistantships to individuals with a demonstrated commitment to evidence-based policy reform and community-based, collaborative research and advocacy.
Research Assistants contribute to the full range of research and advocacy activities at the Collaborative, providing essential support for our projects alongside staff, faculty, students, and community partners, engaging with transformative policymaking in Chicago and beyond.
We are particularly interested in applicants with previous experience in quantitative and qualitative research as well as geospatial analysis, but those with a commitment to learning will also be considered.
Applications are accepted at any time, though most Research Assistants join the Collaborative at the beginning of each semester at Roosevelt University. Research Assistants are expected to commit at least ten hours per week to working at the Collaborative. Applicants receiving school credit or compensation through another program are encouraged to apply.
If you are interested in joining the Collaborative as a Research Assistant, please send the following materials via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line, “Research Assistant – [Your Name]”:
- A cover letter articulating your specific interest in the Collaborative and its approach to applied research;
- A current resume or CV;
- A writing sample or an example of any previous research or advocacy work (written, audio, visual, etc.), and, if applicable, examples of design work and/or geospatial analysis.