Undergraduate Program

Events and Opportunities

Events and Opportunities 3.27.2015

 

 

Undergrad Research Assistants needed

Professor Ryan Enos and a team of graduate students are conducting an experiment on civic engagement in the Boston area.  As part of this experiment, we are conducting surveys during the week of April 6.  We are looking for undergraduates volunteers to help conduct this research.  The time commitment will be about three hours in the early evenings. 

After participating, if you are interested in the larger project, there may be further opportunities in the following months. 

If you are interested, please indicate by going here: http://goo.gl/forms/R4vZJd9fxr

 

Summer research opportunity

Professor Melissa Dell (Economics Department, Harvard) is seeking an undergraduate or masters student to work during the summer on a project analyzing data about violence and the economy in Mexico.  Both part-time (20 hours per week) and full-time opportunities are available. The pay rate is $14/hour. Strong programming skills in either R or Stata, as well as careful attention to detail, are required. Spanish language skills are not required.  Interested students should send a CV and unofficial transcript to melissadell@fas.harvard.edu.

 

Summer research opportunity [Spanish or Portuguese reading skills required]

Professor Melissa Dell (Economics Department, Harvard) is seeking undergraduate or masters students to work on a project about long-run comparative development and industrialization in Latin America and East Asia. The research seeks to shed light on why some economies were able to sustain high rates of economic growth until they were amongst the richest countries in the world, while other economies grew rapidly for awhile but eventually stagnated, stuck in the so-called “middle income trap.” The research assistant will work on harmonizing industrial data from major economies in Latin America and East Asia. The East Asian industrial data typically have column headings in English as well as the langue of the country in question. However, this is not the case for the Latin American countries, so we are seeking a Spanish speaker as well as a Portuguese speaker who can work together in harmonizing the Latin American data with the East Asian data. Careful attention to detail, strong programming skills in R or Stata, and a passion for better understanding the forces that drive economic development are required. The applicant should be able to reside in Cambridge during the summer. Both part-time and full-time opportunities are available, and the pay rate is $14/hour. Interested students should send a CV and unofficial transcript to melissadell@fas.harvard.edu.

 

Summer research opportunity [Chinese reading skills required]

Professor Melissa Dell (Economics Department, Harvard) is seeking an undergraduate or masters student to work on a project about how institutions and local civil society have constrained politicians historically in China and Taiwan. The student will assist in collecting information about members and activities of the Kuomintang in Mainland China prior to its defeat and in Taiwan after the KMT had fled there from Mainland China. The student should plan on being resident in Cambridge during the summer, as access to the collections at Widener is necessary. Both part-time and full-time opportunities are available. The pay rate is $14/hour. Fluency in reading Chinese, including traditional Chinese, is required. Knowledge of the 20th century history of China and Taiwan is helpful but not required. Interested students should send a CV and unofficial transcript to melissadell@fas.harvard.edu.

 

Another summer research opportunity

Professor Melissa Dell (Economics Department, Harvard) is seeking an undergraduate or masters student to work during the summer on a project about trade policy and long-run economic development in Latin America and East Asia. The student will work on constructing a detailed database of trade policies in these regions during the second half of the 20th century, and will then combine these data with disaggregated data on industrial and agricultural production that we have compiled for a variety of countries. Finally, the student will work closely with the PI to analyze the data. Careful attention to detail, strong programming skills in R or Stata, and a passion for better understanding the forces that drive economic development are required. The applicant should be able to reside in Cambridge during the summer. Both part-time and full-time opportunities are available, and the pay rate is $14/hour. Interested students should send a CV and unofficial transcript to melissadell@fas.harvard.edu.

 

CIA Crisis Simulation during International Relations Week

Think you have what it takes to solve a global crisis? Would you like to meet and work with real analysts from the CIA?

Participate in a crisis simulation with CIA policy analysts on Wednesday, April 1st from 4-7pm! You will have the chance to work in small groups of 5 students with a real CIA analyst to come up with innovative solutions to a pressing international issue. Because the CIA uses this as a recruitment technique, they also encourage you to bring your resume to the event!

Only 25 slots are available, so enter the lottery here (http://goo.gl/forms/kBKH3Qrk4L) by Monday, 3/30. We will notify those selected to participate by Tuesday, 3/31. Pizza will be served.

This event is a part of IR Week, presented by International Relations on Campus. Check out our other events on our poster below!

 

2015 Undergraduate STS Essay Prize Competition

For the fourth year, the Program on Science, Technology, and Society (STS) based at the Harvard Kennedy School will hold a competition for Harvard undergraduates doing independent, original research on social, cultural, historical, or policy issues at the intersection of science, technology and society. Term papers and stand-alone thesis chapters (please note: not entire theses) are eligible for consideration. Thematically appropriate projects in non-textual media, such as films, documentaries, and design projects, will also be considered.

Interested students should submit their work via the online form by Friday, April 3rd. Since this prize is for already completed work, interested applicants should be in a position to meet this deadline easily.

Submissions will be evaluated by Fellows in the STS Program. The winner will receive a small cash award; two honorable mentions will also be selected.  We will announce the results at a reception for those who have entered the competition on April 30th.

 

Job Posting: Political Data Analyst

About us

Political Data Analyst



The Analyst Institute is a research organization with deep roots in the world of political data. Formed to organize and serve the progressive community, we conduct experimental research to develop best practices for campaigns and organizations, and have an active outreach and training program to ensure our findings benefit the entire community.

Your role

Analysts are at the heart of the Analyst Institute's work. You'll be part of a close-­‐knit and capable team, working to apply your love of data and politics to some of the biggest campaigns and elections in the world. Your coworkers, clients and partners will be among the best in the business. If you're passionate about data, statistics, and technology, and if you believe political activism can make change for the better, we want to talk to you.

As an Analyst, you can expect to be involved in AI's many fields of research. You'll prepare and analyze experiments with a direct impact on the success of campaigns. You'll work with nearly 10 years of past experimental results to draw broad lessons for the progressive community, and help communicate the results to decision makers. If you're technically inclined, you can even help build the tools we use in our day-­‐to-­‐day work -­‐ the Analytics team is responsible for the technology and systems behind all of AI's efforts.

Qualifications

Analysts should have

  • Experience  with  data  analysis  in  an  academic  or  professional  setting,  preferably including experimental design and experimental data
  • Experience with a statistical package -­‐ we use both Stata and R
  • Excellent writing skills
  • An interest in progressive politics and political activism
  • The ability to learn new skills quickly on the job

Preferred qualifications, but not required

  • Experience managing large-­‐scale field experiments or political field programs
  • Proficiency in SQL and relational databases
  • Experience programming in a scripting language (Python, Perl, Ruby, etc.), and using version control systems
  • Familiarity with machine learning algorithms and advanced techniques for predictive analytics.
  • Preferred location: Washington, DC

 

To apply: please send an email with resume and cover letter, either attached or as the body of your email, to jobs@analystinstitute.org with "Analyst" in the subject line.

 

DC Policy Internships + Scholarships – April 7 Extended Deadline

Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems in Washington, DC
www.DCinternships.org/ICPES
June 6 – July 31
Extended Deadline: April 7, 2015
**Scholarship Funding Available**


Are you still deciding what to do this summer? Want to take a big step in your political or public policy career? There are numerous quality internships still available. It’s not too late to spend 8 weeks in Washington, DC completing an internship, earning credit, and expanding your professional network.

GUARANTEED POLICY INTERNSHIPS
Unlike many other Washington, DC internship programs, we guarantee you an internship placement with a federal agency, policy group, think tank or non-governmental organization. Our staff works to place you with an organization that fits your skills and career goals. You’ll gain real-world experience that will set you apart when it’s time to find your first job after graduation. Click here for a list of sample internship sites.

Check out this video to hear from some of our program alumni on why interning in DC is an experience worth having!

HOUSING
Live in the heart of Washington, DC on George Washington University’s campus, just steps from the White House and Department of State. Roommate matching with other program participants is included. Click here to learn more about housing accommodations and the neighborhood.

COURSES FOR CREDIT
Maximize your summer by also taking courses for between 3 and 9 credits from George Mason University. Take courses designed for political science, economics, and related majors and choose from a variety of engaging electives. Click here to read more about the courses.

SCHOLARSHIP FUNDING
We award over $1 million in scholarship funding each year, and there are generous scholarships still available. Students receive awards based on financial need and merit which typically range from $1,000 -$4,500.

APPLICATION
Students are encouraged to visit www.DCinternships.org/ICPES for more information and to begin an online application. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through the April 7 extended deadline. Students will be notified of their admission decision within two weeks of completing an application. Questions may be directed to admissions@tfas.org or 202.986.0384.

CONNECT WITH US
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Environmental Campaign Jobs for Graduating Seniors

Fellowship to Stand Up for the Environment


Your job: tackle the most profound environmental challenges of the day and win meaningful results. Apply now at jobs.environmentamerica.org.
 
Climate change looms as the most pressing issue of our generation; yet there is enough wind, solar and other pollution-free energy to power the entire nation. It’s not the lack of solutions to solve this challenge; it’s the lack of will from too many of our politicians. That’s why at Environment America we’re running grassroots campaigns to bring people together to convince our leaders to stop pandering to big polluters and climate deniers and start getting behind the solutions.
 
We’re looking for someone with the passion, commitment, talent, and experience to carry out this mission.

Environment America's last spring application deadline is Monday, March 30. Learn more and apply today: jobs.environmentamerica.org.

 

United Nations Summer Study in NYC, June 1 - July 17 2015

The New School’s Graduate Program in International Affairs is offering a new seven-week study program on the United Nations system. Unlike other UN study programs, some of which last as little as a week, we offer a full term program based in New York City. Students take an intensive class, participate in talks and meetings with UN officials and professionals from other international organizations, tour the UN and other international organizations, and explore connections between local and international issues through social justice tours. An additional optional component of the program includes internships or practicums with an organization in or working alongside the UN system. The program earns academic credits, though applicants are advised to confirm their ability to transfer New School credits to their home academic institution, and a non-credit option is also available.
 

http://www.newschool.edu/united-nations-summer-study/

 

Looking for Summer Internships around the Environment or Activism? 

Sign up here to receive bi-weekly opportunities from Green Corps and our alumni!

We have over 350 alumni working with groups like Greenpeace, Food & Water Watch, the Sierra Club, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, National Wildlife Federation, Union of Concerned Scientists and more.Many of these alumni will be looking for spring and summer interns and are participating in the Green Corps Alumni Internship Network. 

Click here to add your name to our mailing list about these opportunities that will be happening across the country.

Email Dylan & Dylan@greencorps.org with any questions!

 

Overseas volunteer opportunities

For nearly 20 years QUEST OVERSEAS has been striking a balance between responsible team volunteer projects, experiential learning and cultural immersion; all the while raising money to support local community development initiatives. Not least are our Projects exciting adventures to South America and Africa, our past volunteers have viewed their time with Quest as being of massive benefit to their CVs and understanding of elements of their courses, as well as providing an interesting topic of conversation at job interviews.

 

 

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