Student Opportunities

External Organizations: Educational, Professional, and Scholarship Opportunities

The following organizations offer resources for students interested in political science and data science.

The American Political Science Association (APSA) is a professional organization dedicated to political science research. Students can become APSA members.

Data Science Programs provides data science education guides to help job seekers, professionals, and students understand the changing landscapes of data science programs and their impact on careers and employment.

Pi Sigma Alpha is the National Political Science Honor Society. Their website provides information about opportunities in political science, as well as undergraduate and graduate scholarships. 


SSRMC Student Positions [NEW]

Want to join the SSRMC team? The SSRMC is seeking a Science Writer and Omnibus Director.  Follow these links to apply via Tribe Careers.

Science Writer   

The SSRMC Science Writer generates and disseminates information about the SSRMC to the broader public. They work closely with the SSRMC Co-Directors, the SSRMC Director of Operations, faculty and student members of the SSRMC, and other members of the University community to solicit story ideas and write content. The science writer will write both short and long-form content, and create podcasts.  

The Science Writer position will begin as soon as the position is filled and continue through the 2021-2022 academic year.  

Deadline: Apply via Tribe Careers by March 8, 2021.   

Omnibus Director   

The Omnibus Director works with researchers to implement lab and survey-based political science and international relations research. This includes working with researchers to develop effective survey designs, programming the survey instrument in the W&M Qualtrics surveying platform, managing in-person lab scheduling and operations, and managing back-end processes.  

The Omnibus Director position will begin in August 2021 and continue through the 2021-2022 academic year.  

Deadline: Apply via Tribe Careers by March 15, 2021.

Job Opportunity: Junior Research Analyst, American Strategies

American Strategies is seeking a strong candidate to fill its Junior Research Analyst position. The position is full-time with benefits. The American Strategies office is based in DC, and the position will be at the DC office (once it reopens) or permanently online.  

The position’s primary responsibilities include:  

  • Proofing questionnaires, toplines, crosstabs, and reports 
  • Preparing PowerPoint presentations  

An ideal candidate should: 

  • Have strong attention to detail 
  • Willingness to learn 
  • Experience working with data 
  • Graduate at the end of the Spring 2021 term

Questions? Please see the full job description (attached), as the position is not posted on the American Strategies webpage.

MIT Research Support Associates

MIT seeks two, full-time research associates in its Political Science department: 1) One position will start immediately, and 2) the other position will start in Summer 2021. According to the job listing, the positions include, “assisting with data management and research by collecting and cleaning data, performing data analysis, creating graphs and figures, visualizing data, drafting results and preparing tables for papers that are in the process of publication; assisting with the fielding of surveys; and performing general administrative duties including file organization, participating in meetings, and other miscellaneous tasks.” 

Applicants must have a minimum of a high school diploma, as well as experience in social science research, and data collection and analysis. For complete details, view the job descriptions for each position:  

Immediate Start: https://careers.peopleclick.com/careerscp/client_mit/external/en-us/gateway/viewFromLink.html?jobPostId=19656&localeCode=en-us  

Summer 2021 Start: https://careers.peopleclick.com/careerscp/client_mit/external/en-us/gateway/viewFromLink.html?jobPostId=19658&localeCode=en-us  


Past Opportunities

 For a list of past opportunities, visit the archive here