Eads Family Undergraduate Research Assistant Interns

Eads Summer 2020 Research Assistant Interns

The Eads Family Undergraduate Research Endowment Fund provides funding to encourage undergraduate public policy majors to become involved in faculty research projects. For the summer of 2020, research assistant positions are open to public policy majors who are residents of North Carolina who can work remotely from their homes. Interns will work 200 hours over the course of the summer (if done over 8 weeks, 25 hrs/week) and be paid $12.50/hr.

Please apply directly to the person listed in the position description, providing a resume and explanation of your interest in the position. Applications must be submitted by May 15.

Impact of Early Education Programs on Teacher Outcomes in North Carolina Elementary Schools

This study explores the impact of changes in the numbers of students served by high- quality Pre-K programs in North Carolina on school quality, as well as teacher satisfaction and turnover. The research assistant will compile general descriptive data on school districts to get a sense of working conditions and teacher turnover in districts and schools where there are few or many students who attended high quality Pre-K.  The research assistant also will work with the N.C. Teacher Working Conditions Survey to identify items that can be compared over time.  This work requires familiarity with Excel, and enough familiarity with programs such as R or STATA to be able to produce frequency tables, cross-tabulations, and basic charts/graphs.

Direct applications to:  Clara Muschkin, Associate Research Professor of Public Policy, muschkin@duke.edu

Center for Child and Family Policy Undergraduate Summer Research Assistant

The Center for Child and Family Policy (CCFP) is looking for a summer research assistant to help with projects across the center. The research assistant will work with CCFP faculty and staff to support current research projects through literature reviews, legislative analysis, and policy research. The research assistant will develop 2-3 policy briefs in collaboration with CCFP faculty and staff on topics related to child and family well being and education. Interns will perform substantive work to support and promote the work of CCFP.


  • Experience and/or interest in child and family policy
  • Detail orientation
  • The ability to work independently and the flexibility to handle multiple tasks
  • Experience conducting literature reviews and policy analysis

Direct applications to Berkeley Yorkery, Scientific Manager, byorkery@duke.edu

Child Maltreatment Prevention Lab Research Assistant

Dr. Beth Gifford at the Duke University Center for Child and Family Policy seeks an undergraduate intern to join the Child Maltreatment Prevention (CMP) Lab team remotely for Summer 2020. The interdisciplinary CMP team consists of researchers, pediatricians who focus on child maltreatment, medical students, fellows, residents, and data analysts collaborating on multiple research projects related to the prevention and identification of child maltreatment. Primary responsibilities for the summer intern will relate to the “EMR-related Strategies Project,” which investigates the use of electronic medical records in the identification and prevention of child maltreatment in the emergency department. The intern will assist with interviewing medical experts over the phone and in coding transcribed interviews. The intern will also review literature in relevant subject areas and will have opportunities to contribute to manuscripts that will be submitted for publication. This opportunity may be a particularly good fit for a student whose research interests lie within the realm of health policy, health services, and/or child maltreatment prevention.

Direct application to Megan Golonka, mgolonka@duke.edu

Parenting Across Cultures

Parenting Across Cultures is a nine-country longitudinal study of parent behavior and child development, now in its 11th year of data collection. Research assistants will have the opportunity clean data, manage online surveys, conduct literature reviews, and assist in keeping project website updated.  Depending on the impact of social restrictions, there may be the opportunity to participate in data collection remotely with participants, including assessment of executive functioning.  More information about the project is available at parentingacrosscultures.org.   Please contact Ann Skinner, askinner@duke.edu to apply.