This position would be a great opportunity for recent college graduates and/or graduate students.
The Berkman Center’s Youth and Media project seeks full and part time research assistants for its Youth and Media Lab. Information about the full time role can be found below; read more about the part time positions here.
Looking to get your hands dirty in research? Are you in search of a full-time academic experience after college or some valuable experience and training before graduate school? Want to collaborate closely with top Harvard researchers and innovative partners in academia, government, and industry?
The Lab brings together young people, leading researchers and developers from the Berkman Center, and mentors from the Center’s broader network to engage creatively with the core challenges and opportunities of youth empowerment and digital citizenship. The Lab’s primary research efforts are focused on information quality, creative rights/content creation, online privacy, and kindness, meanness, and bravery among youth. More information about the Lab, which has grown out the research of John Palfrey, Urs Gasser, and collaborators across the world who have studied the ways in which young people are using digital technologies, can be found at: http://youthandmedia.org.
The Research Assistant’s primary responsibility will be to dive into the Lab’s core research efforts. Academic literature reviews will be fundamental to these efforts, as will the synthesis of material from across education, psychology, ethnography, the social sciences, and policy.
Secondary responsibilities will include activities that connect the Lab's broader research efforts to practice. In addition to conducting multidisciplinary literature reviews, the Lab also collects qualitative data through focus group interviews with young people. These interviews, in turn, inform the development of curricula that can be deployed in school and non-school settings. Enthusiasm for working with a team, building partnerships, and creating successful workshop or seminar experiences is desired for these activities.
Required Education, Experience and Skills:
Additional Skills/Interests Helpful for This Position:
The Research Assistant Will Have the Opportunity to:
General Academic Year Intern/Research Assistant Information and Eligibility:
Time Commitment & Payment:
The time commitment for this position will cycle between two different periods: it will start with 90 days of full-time (35 hours/week) work, transition to 60 days of part-time (17.25 hours/week) work, and then continue this transition back and forth for the term of the position.
At the current stage, there is no pre-determined end date to this position, and we expect the research to continue through the 2012-2013 academic year. Research assistants are paid $11.50 an hour. No other benefits are provided.
The start date is September 17th, or as soon as possible.
Please send your current CV or resume and a cover letter
summarizing your interest and experience to Sandra Cortesi at
email@example.com with “Application for Youth and Media RA”
in the subject line.
Last updated August 21, 2012