Student Research Assistant Positions

Build your portfolio as a research assistant at the Shorenstein Center. Research assistants receive $14/hour and are expected to work 10-12 hours/week.

Apply using the form below by Sunday, September 11, 5pm.

Research Assistant for a Shorenstein Fellow

Work one-on-one with a leader in journalism assisting with library and online research, content analysis, fact-checking, literature searches, and other tasks associated with the preparation of the Fellow’s paper on a media/politics topic. Please read the bios of our Fall 2016 Joan Shorenstein Fellows before submitting your application. Research assistants are expected to work up to 10 hours per week. Four positions are available. Only current HKS students are eligible to apply.

Research Assistant, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy

Journalist’s Resource is an award-winning website run by the Shorenstein Center with an audience of journalists, scholars and the public. The mission of JR is to bridge the gap between academic knowledge and the mass media by encouraging reporters to incorporate peer-reviewed research into their work. Content is promoted via social media and a weekly email with 43,000 subscribers.

Job description: Research assistants for the Journalist’s Resource project read peer-reviewed research on a range of public policy issues and write summaries for the website. They are expected to spend 10 to 12 hours per week on the project and will work closely with experienced reporters and editors to enhance their work product and develop superior writing skills.

Job requirements: Must be a graduate student at Harvard UniversityMust be completely fluent in English. The job requires exceptional writing skills, extraordinary attention to detail and an understanding of public policy issues. Applicants must be able to read, understand and clearly explain academic studies and their key findings to a broad audience. Applicants should be able to locate online government reports and databases with little guidance. Ideal candidates will have subject matter expertise in one or more policy areas such as criminal justice, education, public health and economic development. A background in social science research methods is a plus.

What students get out of this job:

  • $14 an hour, with the possibility of raises after 3 months of excellent performance.
  • Bylined articles published regularly on a journalism-related website affiliated with Harvard.
  • The opportunity to help journalists worldwide improve their understanding and coverage of key policy issues.
  • Experience working one-on-one with the veteran journalists and staff who run the project.

Key staff at Journalist’s Resource:

  • Denise-Marie Ordway (Managing Editor) has won several national journalism awards and was named as a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2013. She was also a fellow at Harvard’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism.
  • David Trilling (Research Reporter) was the Central Asia correspondent for The Economist. He has reported extensively from the former Soviet Union and Middle East and was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University.
  • Nicco Mele (Director of the Shorenstein Center) is a former Senior Vice President and Deputy Publisher of the Los Angeles Times and a leading digital media strategist.



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