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About the position

The School of Government is seeking a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student(s) with interests in budgeting and living wage ordinances in local government. The person in this position will work with data on living wage ordinances and finances, as well as develop a literature review on living wage (and minimum wage) policies. The position is flexible, and the work can be accomplished remotely.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Data. This position(s) will require collection, cleaning, and merging of data.
  • Literature Review. Gather relevant literature, synthesize previous theories and findings, create an annotated bibliography, and write a memo on the existing research.

Skills and Experience Needed:

  • Knowledge of Excel is required. The student must also be able, or willing to learn how to navigate collecting data from sources like the US Census Bureau. There may also be a need to use software other than Excel to merge the datasets (such as R). If the student is not already familiar with these programs, they must be willing to go to resources like the Odum Institute to develop these skills and get assistance.
  • Literature Review. The student must be comfortable with developing an annotated bibliography and developing a literature review memo. This entails identifying, reading, and synthesizing literature from peer-review journals from numerous disciplines such as economics, public administration, and public policy.
  • The student must be responsive and prompt. They must have a good attitude and interest in budgeting and/or living wage policies. Attention to detail and the ability to work independently are necessary.

Compensation and Work Commitment:

  • This assistantship pays $20 per hour
  • 15 hours/week during the Fall (and Spring) Semester.
  • This assistantship does not cover health insurance or tuition.

Duration of Appointment: Fall Semester (12 weeks) with possibility for renewal in Spring and Summer

Required Work Hours: 15 hours per week which equates to 180 hours per semester


How to apply

Submit resume/CV to Whitney Afonso ( Include a brief statement in your email about your suitability and interest. Consideration of candidates will begin July 18th, 2022. Position is open until filled.

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