2017 Undergraduate Research Opportunities

  1. Undergraduate Research Opportunities (Multiple openings)

Interested in nonprofit organizations? Want hands-on experience in social science research? The Network for Nonprofit and Social Impact (NNSI) at Northwestern University is looking for multiple talented, smart, and passionate undergraduate students to join our team.

Job responsibilities:

Students will work on the NNSI Army Research office (ARO) funded project titled: “Collective impact and common goals: Planned vs. emergent networks as tools for leveraging community outcomes.”

Eligible students will work with the NNSI ARO team on the following:

  • Data cleaning: to both code and structure the dataset at different levels.
  • Conducting descriptive analysis: to use SPSS to run descriptive analysis to examine collaboration patterns, overall resource sufficiency, and perceived coalition effectiveness.
  • Writing reports: to translate our preliminary research findings in a white paper/reports for local communities that are participating in the research project.

Additionally, the student will participate in the weekly NNSI lab meeting to learn about other research project NNSI members are conducting. They will also read and discuss articles on nonprofit management.

Anticipated benefits and specific qualifications:

NNSI, a research lab in the School of Communication at Northwestern University, aims to provide a rich learning environment for students interested in pursuing academic careers. The students will gain valuable experience working on an ARO funded project on education reform, learning technical skills on data cleaning and analysis, and learning about procedures of conducting scientific research.

Preferred undergraduate candidates will have taken a research method class. One letter of recommendation is required.​ ​Candidate with appropriate experience will be paid $10/hr and should anticipate working 8 hours per week. Find out more about NNSI.

Please direct questions to nnsi@northwestern.edu. Applications consisting of a resume and letter of interest should be received no later than Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at 11:59pm EST.

2. Social Entrepreneurship Project RA (1 opening)

Are you passionate about social entrepreneurship or interested in establishing your own venture to catalyze some social change? Do you want to learn more about social innovation organizing and management?

The Network for Nonprofit and Social Impact (NNSI) Lab in the School of Communication at Northwestern University is looking for talented, smart, and passionate Northwestern undergraduates to join our research project on social entrepreneurship and social innovation.

Project Description

Funded by the National Science Foundation, this project seeks to (1) understand the differences between social entrepreneurship vs. commercial entrepreneurship and (2) examine the factors that contribute to social ventures’ innovation creation.

Job Responsibilities

Supervised by the graduate students and faculty members (Prof. Michelle Shumate), students will assist in

  • Recruiting and contacting entrepreneurs
  • Conducting interviews with entrepreneurs
  • Collecting data on social ventures
  • Following up with interview and survey participants
  • Cleaning data
  • Attending weekly NNSI lab meetings

Anticipated Benefits

  • Receive training and extensive experience in mixed-methods social science research
  • Gain valuable insight into social entrepreneurship organizing and management
  • Learn more about how to create social innovation to address social problems

Eligibility

Preferred undergraduate candidates will have taken a research method class and an entrepreneurship class.

Candidate with appropriate experience will be paid $10/hour and should anticipate working 8 hours per week.

How to Apply

Please submit your resume and a brief description (max 300 words) stating why you are interested in this position and send them to nnsi@northwestern.edu. Please indicate in the subject line “NNSI Social Entrepreneurship Project RA.” Applications should be received no later than Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at 11:59pm CST.

Please direct questions to sophiafu@u.northwestern.edu

3. Social Media Position (1 opening)

The Network for Nonprofit and Social Impact (NNSI) Lab in the School of Communication at Northwestern University is looking for talented, smart, and passionate Northwestern undergraduates to share our research efforts via social media.

Job Responsibilities
The qualified student will:

  • Manage NNSI’s Hootsuite account
  • Build and maintain an annual editorial calendar
  • Develop social media content
  • Build and maintain NNSI social network (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MailChimp)
  • Develop social media best practices for NNSI researchers

Eligibility
Preferred undergraduate candidates will have experience managing or developing social media content in an organizational or lab context.

Candidate with appropriate experience will be paid $10/hour and should anticipate working 3-5 hours per week.

How to Apply
Please submit your resume and a brief description (max 300 words) stating why you are interested in this position and send them to nnsi@northwestern.edu. Please indicate in the subject line “NNSI Social Media.” Applications should be received no later than Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at 11:59pm CST.