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We are looking for five students to participate in the internship within the Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project, which seeks to promote a deeper understanding of issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs. The Religion & Public Life Project conducts surveys, demographic analyses and other social science research on important aspects of religion and public life in the U.S. and around the world. It also provides a neutral venue for discussions of timely issues through roundtables and briefings.
The Interns’ primary work will be researching information on government restrictions on religion as well as religious hostilities and violence, and assisting the Pew Research Center in updating a dataset measuring these phenomena around the world. Interns will work from major international reports such as the U.S. State Department’s annual International Religious Freedom reports and International Crisis Group Reports (more details are provided in a separate Codebook, Methodology and Coding Notes). Due to the nature of the work, the Interns will need to commit to 37.5 hours per week for the entire period and participate in a paid mandatory orientation week, May 27-30, 2014. Additional training will be provided during regular work hours throughout the project, which concludes Aug. 15, 2014.
Working under the direction of Research Associate Dr. Peter Henne and Research Assistant Angelina Theodorou, the Interns will have the following specific duties:
Participate in orientation and task-specific training
- Orientation at the Pew Research Center May 27-30.
- On-going training: Meet weekly for additional training during the first four weeks of the project with Peter Henne and/or Angelina Theodorou.
- Ongoing Calibration: Meet daily throughout the project with other coders to ensure continued calibration between coders.
Coding & Data Entry
- Use the Pew Research Center Codebook to code information from 19 primary sources following the Pew Research Center’s methodology.
- Enter codes 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 Peter Henne and/or Angelina Theodorou.
Project Feedback and Development
- Ongoing: Provide notes for all questions that will be used by coders in future rounds of coding to ensure consistency over time.
- Ongoing: Provide suggestions that can help improve the efficiency of the coding process.
- The Interns will regularly report progress made and hours worked to Angelina Theodorou.
The Interns should be an undergraduate or graduate student with an interest in religion, world affairs, or other topics relevant to the study of government restrictions on religion and social religious hostilities. The ideal candidates should be able to articulate how this research can contribute to his/her developing academic interest in religion and world affairs. Experience in similar research projects is an advantage, but not required. Basic familiarity with Excel is required.
FLSA Status: Non-exempt Number of openings: 5
Location: Conducted at the Pew Research Center (1615 L St., NW, Suite 700).
Pay: The position pays $13/hour and is subject to the employment policies of the Pew Research Center, including a confidentiality agreement.
Pew Research Center will accept applications on a rolling basis, beginning on the first day the job position is posted. For best consideration, applications should be submitted by Monday, March 31, 2014. Complete applications include the following:
- A cover letter highlighting your skills and stating why you are a good fit for the Center
- A resume
- Three professional references with contact information
Applicant should send complete applications to email@example.com. Responses can also be mailed to:
Human Resources Department
Pew Research Center
1615 L Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
We are an equal opportunity employer.