Friday, April 11, 2014

Research and Communications Research Summer Intership in NYC

Public Opinion Research and Communications Summer Internship Program 2014

The Opportunity Agenda is dedicated to building the national will to expand opportunity for all in America through communications, research, and advocacy. We are seeking a spring intern with a demonstrated commitment to social justice and equal opportunity, good research skills and understanding of communications, and the initiative to take on new and innovative assignments. A sense of humor and a dose of modesty are essential. The internship is open to graduate students and professionals with a specific interest in public opinion research and media content analysis around social justice issues including poverty, criminal justice, economic opportunity, racial equality, and human rights in general. The intern will work under the supervision of the Public Opinion and Media Research Coordinator in the communications department of the organization.

The precise nature of the work varies by project and is based on the office's needs, but examples of work include:

Project management Facilitating communications with consultants and other third partiesMonitoring the public opinion research landscape for new research;Assisting in collecting and analyzing existing public opinion research;Creating visual presentations of data (charts, table, graphics);Blogging on public opinion topics;Assisting with survey development, implementation and analysis of results for feedback on workshops, presentations or events;Working with the communications team and highly acclaimed research consultants; Creating power point presentations of public opinion data; Assorted administrative duties

Qualifications: Candidates for this position should have a strong desire to work in public opinion research and public policy. The ideal candidate will have some experience working in a professional environment and therefore bring to the position analytical, organizational, and general office skills along with strong verbal, written, and interpersonal skills. Good statistical skills and strong Microsoft Office skills, especially Excel and PowerPoint, are required. Experience with SPSS is preferred. The candidate must be comfortable taking initiative and should be detail-oriented, energetic and a quick learner with strong writing, editing, and research skills. Applicants with previous political or consumer opinion research experience will be given preference.

The intern will ideally commit to 40 hours a week for 10 weeks starting on June 2nd. School credit or a stipend are available.

About The Opportunity Agenda:

The Opportunity Agenda was founded in 2004 with the mission of building the national will to expand opportunity in America. Focused on moving hearts, minds and policy over time, the organization works with social justice groups, leaders, and movements to advance solutions that expand opportunity for everyone. Through active partnerships, The Opportunity Agenda synthesizes and translates research on barriers to opportunity and corresponding solutions; uses communications and media to understand and influence public opinion; and identifies and advocates for policies that improve people's lives. To learn more about The Opportunity Agenda, go to our website at

The Opportunity Agenda, a project of Tides Center, values a diverse workplace and encourages students with non-traditional experiences and from historically underrepresented groups to apply. To apply, please send a cover letter (necessary to be considered) and resume to with "Public Opinion Research and Communications Internship Summer 2014" as the e-mail subject. No phone calls please.

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