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Project Assistant

Bucky Badger
On Campus
Job #: 51597
Employer: WCER On Busline?: Yes
Pay: $1649.58/month Posted: 02/20/2018
Category:  Graduate Assistant Deadline: 03/05/2018
# of Positions: 2

Contact Information

Name: Gaonou Lo
Email Address:
Address: 1025 W. Johnson St. Madison, Wisconsin 53706
Primary Phone: 608-263-4221

Project Description

The Center for College to Workforce Transitions (CCWT) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking highly qualified applicants for two Project Assistant positions to work on a new mixed-methods study focused on college internships.  This research program will investigate how design features of internship experiences are related to student outcomes including employment, wages, vocational self-concept, and job satisfaction. One of the foci of this research program is to examine potential barriers to participation in work-based learning for low-income, first-generation and/or under-represented minority college students. The Project Assistants will work with senior staff from the Center to lead multi-site projects on the topic.  Possible study sites include both community colleges and universities in Wisconsin, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), and other institutions throughout the U.S.

The successful candidates will play a substantive role in all research activities including coordinating with institutional partners, securing Institutional Review Board permissions, assisting with the administration of an online survey, collecting and analyzing institutional data, and assisting with qualitative data collection activities. We are particularly interested in scholars with an interest in and experience with mixed methods research, work-based and experiential learning, and the analysis of policies to improve the academic and career outcomes of first-generation, low-income, and under-represented communities. These positions will require some travel.



CCWT seeks current UW-Madison graduate students to fill two positions beginning on June 1, 2018. The successful applicants will have a strong background in mixed methods research (data collection and analysis), vocational education, higher education and/or the sociology of work, and a proven background in technical writing and manuscript preparation.

     Specific duties include:

  • Assisting with the development of research protocols, IRB applications, and coordination with study site representatives;
  • Conducting literature reviews and writing summary reports for public and scholarly publications;
  • Assisting with the administration and management of an online survey;
  • Assisting with the collection of qualitative field data including focus group and interviews;
  • Assisting with the analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data to provide mixed-methods perspectives to answer research questions;
  • Writing policy briefs for policymaker, scholarly and practitioner audiences;
  • Working closely with other project staff to ensure integration of findings across the study's various research components


Required skills

  • Working knowledge of current issues in one or more of the following areas: work-based learning experiences (especially internship programs), workforce development at the postsecondary level, career advising and student affairs at the postsecondary level, and teaching and learning issues related to non-cognitive skills. In addition, a working knowledge of equity issues in higher education attainment and transitions to the labor force is essential.
  • Proven experience conducting independent research including development of research design, human subject protocols, data collection and analysis, and preparing results for dissemination through scholarly and practitioner outlets.
  • Experience collecting qualitative data including conducting focus groups and/or interviews, participant observation, and other forms of fieldwork.
  • Demonstrated experience with qualitative and quantitative analytic methods commonly used in the social sciences.  Methodological expertise may include proficiency with psychometric testing of research instruments, regression techniques and multilevel modeling, narrative and thematic analysis, grounded theory, and case study analysis.  Experience working with mixed methods designs and datasets is required.
  • Successful track record of drafting and revising technical reports and research manuscripts under deadlines.
  • Experience with public communications including blog posts, op-eds, and social media.
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.


Preferred qualifications include the following

  • Graduate level coursework or research experience related to education reform, work-based learning, teaching and learning, or student affairs in higher education.
  • Experience with data visualization techniques.
  • Knowledge of federal and state higher education and vocational education policy a plus.
  • Experience managing social media activities for a research or policy-oriented organization.
  • Ability and desire to work independently and as part of a larger research team.
  • Committment to social justice and equal opportunity for all students.
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Advanced proficiency in Stata, R, NVivo or MaxQDA.


To be considered for this position, please provide a letter describing your qualifications, a CV, and a list of 3 references to Gaonou Lo at

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