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Full-Time Fall Internship at The Opportunity Agenda in NYC

Posted: July 27, 2010

The Opportunity Agenda (www.opportunityagenda.org) is seeking a student fall 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 with a specific interest in public opinion research and media content analysis around social justice issues including immigration, health care, racial justice, poverty and human rights in general.

The intern must be able to commit to a minimum of 35-40 hours weekly for ten weeks dependent on their availability. The internship will begin the third week of September.

Application Instructions: Please e-mail your resume and a cover letter (necessary to be considered) to jmizell@opportunityagenda.org. Please no phone calls.

Job Duties
- Monitoring new public opinion research
- Assisting in coordinating logistics of public opinion research projects (polling and focus groups)
- Assisting in analyzing existing public opinion research
- Creating visual presentations of data (charts, table, graphics)
- Blogging on public opinion topics
- Assisting in media content analysis including using LexisNexis and other databases to identify appropriate articles
- Working with the communications team and highly acclaimed research
- Creating power point presentations of public opinion data
- Assisting in communications projects based on the department's team
- Assorted administrative duties

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.

The hours are flexible, and some work may be completed off-site. School credit or a stipend are available. The intern will work under the supervision of the Public Opinion and Media Research Coordinator in the communications department of the organization.

The candidate must be comfortable taking initiative and is a detail-oriented, energetic and quick learner possessing writing, editing and research skills. Applicants with previous political or consumer opinion research experience will be given preference.


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