Date posted: April 16, 2021
Closing date: May 14, 2021
Term: A 10-week contract, with an approximate start date of May 25 (dates flexible)
Reports to: Associate Director for National Engagement Programs
Public Agenda, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research and public engagement organization focused on strengthening democracy, is currently seeking two (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 initiative. Students may come from a range of disciplinary backgrounds including Communications, 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.
Healthier Democracies is a new initiative by Public Agenda to gather promising global examples of democratic innovation, assess their strengths and weaknesses, and identify practices and reforms that improve democracy in the United States. The goal is to identify examples of innovative participatory democracy practices embedded in local and state government systems, then bring back learnings and strategies to American public officials as examples of what can—and should—be done to strengthen democratic practice in the U.S. Supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the initiative seeks to help us understand how to establish more equitable, deliberative and collaborative relationships between citizens and governments.
- 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
- Master’s Degree required (communications, 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 attend some virtual meetings in Eastern Standard Time (EST)
- Bilingual fluency in Spanish or Portuguese is preferred, but not required
- Please highlight if you speak any other languages
Compensation and Opportunities
- 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 chance to explore working in a grant-funded research nonprofit environment
How to Apply
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, email@example.com, no later than May 14, 2021.
Students from international or U.S. based universities are eligible to apply.
About Public Agenda
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/
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
Our organization 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: veteran status, uniform service member status, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information or any other protected class under federal, state, or local law.