Research Assistant Application

Student Research Assistant Positions

Shorenstein Center Student Research Assistants


Current Openings:

Technology Policy Research Assistant

The Harvard Shorenstein Center is seeking Research Assistants at the intersection of Technology, Policy, Regulation, and Consumer Protection. The RA will work closely with Shorenstein Center Faculty and Staff, as well as advising government agencies.  

Research Assistant Tasks:

  • Help drive investigative efforts for projects related to technology.
  • Develop reports, memos and briefing material, taking into account various expertise
  • Collaborate across different organizations and stakeholders on initiatives and research related to protecting consumers in the technology sector.
  • Provide leadership insights at the intersection of technology, policy, and protecting consumers and competition.

Qualities and Skills:

  • Analytical problem solver
  • Self-motivator who takes the initiative on new ideas
  • Ability to manage ambiguity
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral; experience managing down, laterally, and up for successful outcomes
  • Experience building, regulating, or studying technology
  • Strong in systems thinking
  • Advocates for consumers
  • Ability to lead or contribute to investigative research, and conduct in-depth user interviews and usability studies

Priority consideration will be given to current Harvard Kennedy School students. Because this job involves working directly with the U.S. government, research assistants must be United States citizens. RAs can expect to work 10-20 hours per week. 

Please apply via this form by Friday, December 18th, 2021. 

Editorial Research Assistant

The Shorenstein Center is seeking a detail-oriented research assistant with strong editing skills for two research projects. The RA will support the development of a book manuscript on interracial couples in the United States and may also assist with the development of a qualitative research project about African-American engagement with political online misinformation. The position will require 10-20 hours a week. There is also the possibility for full-time (40 hours) employment over the summer. Harvard students will be given first priority. (For non-Harvard applicants: In-person applicants are preferred, but remote applicants are acceptable as well.)

Position responsibilities will include:

  • Conducting secondary research and compiling annotated bibliographies
  • Editing and formatting of articles and book chapters
  • Interview data cleaning (i.e., correcting any mistakes from transcription software)
  • Composing research briefs and meeting summaries
  • File organization
  • Assisting in development of presentations in PowerPoint or Canva

There is also the potential for opportunities to:

  • Conduct primary research (e.g., interviews, focus-groups)
  • Assist in developing interview guides
  • Assist in research participant sample screening and recruitment
  • Contribute to qualitative data analysis

 Preference will be given to applicants with the following characteristics:

  • Background in the social sciences (e.g., sociology, political science, psychology, etc.) and/or African-American studies
  • Experience with Atlas.ti software
  • Previous experience with interviewing and/or conducting thematic analysis of qualitative data

Research shows that women and people of color are less likely to apply to job ads where they do not meet all of the requirements – even if you do not meet all of these requirements, you are encouraged to still apply.

Please send your CV and statement of interest by Dec. 15th to for review. Applicants may also be later asked to provide references.


Data and Content Tagging RA 

The Shorenstein Center is seeking detail-oriented research assistants with strong skills in data entry and editing for an exciting new project. The RAs will assist the Technology and Social Change and Public Interest Tech Lab teams in building the fbarchive repository through filtering and tagging images and ensuring the privacy and integrity of the content. This is a great opportunity for students to get familiar with the project.

This position is for approximately 14 hours per week. Harvard students will be given first priority.

Please send your CV and statement of interest by December 8th to for review.