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Pew Research Center’s Religion department seeks to promote a deeper understanding of issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs. We are looking for five recent grads or current students to join us for a 14-week long paid internship (with the possibility of a four-week extension) beginning October 4, 2021. Due to the nature of the work, you will need to commit to 37.5 hours per week for the entire period, during regular business hours. Interns will be paid $15/hour.
You will work as a Coder and research information on government restrictions on religion as well as religious hostilities and violence, and assist Pew Research Center in updating a dataset measuring these phenomena around the world. Coders will comb through major international reports such as the U.S. State Department’s annual International Religious Freedom reports and conflict databases.
Working under direction, Coders will have the following duties:
Coding & Data Entry
- Apply Pew Research Center’s codebook to comb through lengthy reports and databases from 18 set sources and code information following Pew Research Center’s methodology.
- Enter codes and supporting evidence into a database as countries are coded.
- Compare current coding with partner and with previous coding to spot discrepancies, and reconcile differences appropriately in consultation with researchers.
- Recently graduated or currently in undergraduate studies with an interest in religion, world affairs, and/or other topics relevant to the study of government restrictions on religion and social hostilities involving religion.
- Previous coding experience, qualitative research experience or work in similar research projects is an advantage, but not required.
- Basic familiarity with Excel is required.
- Detail oriented with exacting standards to maintain accuracy and impartiality in all work products.
- Ability to work well in a team setting.
- Ability to take instructions and follow through well.
- Ability to work diligently under deadlines.
- Ability to communicate clearly in a remote work environment, including documenting coding notes, questions and decisions appropriately and clearly.
- Ability to read through lengthy reports and code relevant information.
- Previous experience working with a team remotely is an advantage, but not required.
This position will be fully remote and will require a functioning Internet connection. Equipment to complete the internship will be mailed to candidates and will need to be returned at the end of the internship. Interns must be available during established business hours.
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Number of openings: 5
Although this position is remote, Pew Research Center can only employ candidates in the following states- California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Wisconsin.
Applicant should use the link above to apply online. Please include a resume and cover letter indicating where you learned of the opening.
Pew Research Center is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.
In addition to competitive pay, Pew Research Center’s employees enjoy a robust total rewards package that includes:
- Affordable, comprehensive health, dental and vision plans
- Generous paid time off, including paid holidays, vacation, sick, personal and family leave
- Up to a 12% employer 401(k) contribution, with vesting at the end of the first year.
- A robust wellness program that includes an annual allowance.
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