Research Internship - Undergraduate/Graduate level

Hours per week

12 hours per week




44 School Street
Suite 415
United States


The Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice is seeking both graduate and undergraduate research interns for the 2019 spring semester. The Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice is a non-profit organization driven by a mission to promote equal rights and opportunities for Massachusetts residents by developing and advocating for systemic solutions to social justice issues. We strive to identify social injustices that have not been fully addressed by either public or private sectors and address those injustices by leveraging our own resources, partnering with pro bono attorneys, and working with strategic coalitions.

Research interns will engage in a variety of activities, which can be expected to include a selection of the following, based on project needs and the individual’s interests and skills:

  • Literature reviews and summaries
  • Survey development
  • On-site survey administration with range of participants
  • Participating in qualitative interviewing, field research, and/or focus groups
  • Coding qualitative data
  • Data entry
  • Online research
  • Acquiring, merging, and manipulating quantitative data sets
  • Quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis
  • Report writing
  • Policy analysis

Research interns at the undergraduate level are expected to have completed coursework in research methods.

Research interns at the graduate level are expected to have significant research experience.

Applicants must have strong writing and organizational skills and must be proficient in the Microsoft Office Suite. Experience with SPSS or other statistical software packages a plus. Students interested in qualitative methods, survey research, data analysis, and the justice system are especially encouraged to apply. A passion for social justice and applied research is essential.

While internships are unpaid, interns gain valuable experience in applied qualitative and quantitative methods, policy research, program evaluation, and have the opportunity to engage with prominent members of the justice community. The extent to which the intern is able to contribute to the research process will depend on both their previous experience and their time commitment to this internship.

Internships will begin in January and entail a minimum time commitment of 12 hours per week. Depending on the intern’s duties, this time will likely be divided between our office in downtown Boston, on-site locations in and around the city (accessible by public transit, though ability to drive to other cities might be advantageous) and working remotely. Exact starting date and work days/hours are flexible.


Academic credit may be available.

How To Apply

To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to Jake Hofstetter at Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Massachusetts Appleseed is an Equal Opportunity Employer, is committed to diversity in its workforce, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, disability age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, military status or any other status protected by applicable law.