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Summer Research Fellowship at Public Agenda

NCDD Member Public Agenda is looking to hire two Research Fellows for the Healthier Democracies Project.  The Healthier Democracies Project, concentrates on identifying innovative participative democratic practices in foreign governments at the local and state levels to demonstrate back to American public officials examples of what can be implemented to fortify our own democratic processes in the United States.

The duration of the engagement is short term, approximately 25 hours a week for 10 weeks, to be completed remotely.  The position calls for a Master’s degree, bilingualism in English and Spanish/Portuguese, experience in civic engagement or public participation in participatory democracy to conduct international qualitative case study research.  Students from a varied range of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

This is an astounding  opportunity for those looking to broaden their network around the world with a community of public participation professionals, receive mentoring on conducting research in an international context, experience working in grant funded research environment and the chance to publish with Public Agenda!

Please send a cover letter, cv, writing sample and 3 reference letters to Ms. Mikayla Townsend, mtownsend@publicagenda.org,  by May 14, 2021.

Read more below on the needs, desired qualifications and compensation for the Fellowship and find the original post here.


Summer Senior Research Fellow: Healthier Democracies

Salary: $30/hourly, or about $7500 total for the summer

Job Type: Full-time/Part-time/Contract

Term: A 10-week contract, with an approximate start date of May 25 (dates flexible)

Reports to: Associate Director of National Engagement

Location: Remote

Introduction:
Public Agenda, a nonprofit organization that focuses on strengthening democracy, is currently seeking 2 graduate students with experience in civic engagement, public participation, or participatory democracy to conduct international qualitative case study research as a part of the Healthier Democracies project. Students may come from a range of disciplinary backgrounds including Communication, Political Science, Sociology, Public Policy, or other degree programs.

This is a remote, short-term, part-time position for summer 2021. Students will work a total of 250 hours, approximately 25 hours a week for 10 weeks, however hour allocation can be flexible according to students’ scheduling needs. Compensation will be $30/hourly, or about $7500 total for the summer.

The Healthier Democracies project is an international research endeavor

funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The goal is to identify examples of innovative participatory democracy practices embedded in local and state government systems in places outside the US, and then bring them back to American public officials as examples of what can, and should be done to strengthen democratic practice in the United States.

What Students Will Do:
– Schedule and conduct interviews with public officials in locations around the world

– Participate in thematic analysis of interview transcripts

– Compile, read, and provide reviews and summaries of existing literature

– Author case study documents for a professional/scholarly audience

Candidate Qualifications:
– Master’s Degree required (communication, public policy, political science, sociology, economics, or related fields)

– Some doctoral-level graduate work preferred

– Coursework or research experience in the civic engagement field, including around participatory democracy and public participation

– Experience in qualitative case study research, particularly with document review, semi-structured interviewing, data analysis, and writing

– Comfort conducting interviews and writing academic papers in English

– Ability to engage in some meetings on an Eastern Time Zone

Preferred Qualifications:
– Bilingual in English/Spanish, or English/Portuguese

– Please highlight if you speak any other languages as well

We Can Offer:
– Compensation of $7500 for the summer ($30/hourly)

– Mentoring around how to conduct qualitative research in international contexts

– Opportunities to publish work with Public Agenda, as well as in scholarly journals and national media outlets

– Networking opportunities with public participation professionals across the world

– A change to explore working in a grant-funded research nonprofit environment

Application Materials:
Please submit a brief cover letter, a CV, a writing sample, and the names and contact information for 3 references, via email, to Ms. Mikayla Townsend, mtownsend@publicagenda.org, no later than May 14, 2021

Statement About Candidates:
Equal employment opportunity etc. Students from international or US based universities are eligible to apply.

Public Agenda is committed to equal employment opportunity and diversity in the workplace. We will not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally-recognized basis [“protected class”] including, but not limited to: race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, uniform service member status or any other protected class under federal, state, or local law.

About Us:
Public Agenda is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and public engagement organization headquartered in New York City. We strive to strengthen democracy and expand opportunity for all Americans. Learn more about us at https://www.publicagenda.org/

Find the original version of this post on the Public Agenda’s site at: www.publicagenda.org/careers/

 

Isabella Guzman
Isabella Guzman is ecstatic to join the NCDD team as Blog and Social Media Curator. She studied International Relations and French Language and Literature at George Mason University. Her passions for expression, communication and connection led her to become a facilitator, translator and yoga teacher. She wants to keep learning, growing, supporting organizations and people who do the important work of Dialogue and Deliberation.

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