Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice is seeking an undergraduate research intern for the 2021 fall semester.
Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice is a non-profit organization driven by a mission to promote equal rights and opportunities for Massachusetts residents by developing and advocating for systemic solutions to social justice issues. We research and identify the ways in which the justice system, schools, and government agencies are systematically failing our most vulnerable residents, such as through uneven access to the courts and unfair application of school discipline policies. Leveraging pro bono support, we collaborate with community partners to identify solutions and advocate for their implementation with policymakers, lawmakers, and through coalition- and relationship-building.
Research interns will engage in a variety of activities, which can be expected to include a selection of the following, based on project needs and the individual’s interests and skills:
- Literature reviews and summaries
- Report writing
- Policy analysis
- Legislative testimony
- Coalition building
- Survey development
- Participating in qualitative interviewing, field research, and/or focus groups
- Coding qualitative data
- Data entry
- Acquiring, merging, and manipulating quantitative data sets
- Quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis
Research interns are expected to have completed coursework in research methods or have basic research experience.
Applicants must have strong writing and organizational skills and must be proficient in the Microsoft Office Suite. Experience with SPSS or other statistical software packages a plus. Students interested in qualitative methods, survey research, policymaking, and the justice system are especially encouraged to apply. A passion for social justice and applied research is essential.
Interns gain valuable experience in applied qualitative and quantitative methods, policy research, program evaluation, and have the opportunity to engage with prominent members of the justice community. The extent to which the intern is able to contribute to the research process will depend on both their previous experience and their time commitment to this internship. For those not receiving class credit, a $250 stipend is also available.
Internships will entail a minimum time commitment of 10-12 hours per week.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are anticipating that the majority of this internship will be conducted remotely; however, there may be opportunities for in-person work should circumstances allow. During the period of working remotely, interns must have their own computer/laptop on which to work. Exact starting date and work days/hours are flexible.