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Summer 2013 Research Assistant Position

The Oregon Center for Public Policy is now accepting applications for an internship position for summer 2013. This position is open to undergraduate and graduate students. OCPP accepts applications from any academic discipline; however, the policy analysis internship requires strong quantitative analysis skills.

OCPP is a non-profit organization conducting in-depth research and analysis to advance policies and practices that improve the economic and social opportunities of all Oregonians.

Responsibilities

The intern will work with OCPP policy analysts on a variety of projects:

  • gathering research information from traditional and electronic sources
  • analyzing data using various software packages
  • developing charts, graphs, or informational pieces
  • developing written materials
  • editing the work of others
  • other duties as assigned

A minor amount of time (less than 5%) may be spent on administrative tasks.

Requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • have completed the sophomore year as an undergraduate
  • be comfortable with Windows-based software and be able to spend extended periods at a computer
  • have completed quantitative analysis coursework such as statistics, econometrics or data analysis and be comfortable working with quantitative data
  • have excellent written and oral communication skills
  • be able to protect confidential information
  • be committed to the goals of the Oregon Center for Public Policy

The position is based in Silverton. Telework arrangements can be negotiated. The research assistant position is approximately 40 hours per week; however we will consider part-time applicants. The position pays $10-$11/hr. depending on level of education and experience. Starting and ending dates are flexible, with a maximum term of approximately 15 weeks.

How to apply

Application Packet: To apply for an internship, please submit the following:

  1. A cover letter (see below).
  2. A current resume.
  3. If you are a current student, the name of a faculty contact with whom OCPP may periodically communicate about the internship.
  4. A list of three current references (a faculty contact may be one).
  5. A short (3-5 pages) writing sample that demonstrates your writing ability.

The cover letter should include the following:

  1. An explanation of why you want to intern with OCPP.
  2. A description of your areas of interest. Please be specific.
  3. A description of your quantitative analysis experience and skills, including proficiency with software.
  4. A description of what you hope to achieve during your internship.
  5. How many hours per week you would like to work and your preferred start and end dates.
  6. If relevant, a description of the academic requirements this internship will fulfill.
  7. Any other information you feel is relevant to your candidacy.

Deadline: This is an ongoing recruitment until the position is filled. First-round review of applications will begin May 13, 2013.

Process: OCPP will conduct interviews with applicants. OCPP internships are competitive.

Address: Submit application by email to intern (at) ocpp.org

Questions: Contact Jason Gettel, jgettel (at) ocpp.org.

 

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