Volunteer, Research

Children Now’s Volunteer Research position is an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in learning more about research and policy analysis in health, education, and children’s media environment.  Reporting to the Director of Research, the Research Volunteer will work 15-20 hours per week on Children Now’s key research products including:

Tasks may include: literature reviews; compiling and configuring data from secondary sources such as California Department of Education, American Community Survey, and California Health Interview Survey; error checking data; compiling notes and sources; preparing mailing and media packets; assisting with research briefings and presentations.

The Research Volunteer will work closely with staff, but will manage his/her projects independently, exercising good judgment, problem-solving skills, and superlative time management. Successful volunteers have some work experience, are interested in policies and programs affecting children, and are resourceful, efficient, and reliable.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Interest in and familiarity with policies affecting children and their families, particularly in health, education, and/or media;
  • Strong analytic, research and writing skills;
  • Strong skills in data management and configuration using both excel and SPSS;
  • Knowledge of statistics, including at least one college-level stats course;
  • Organizational and time-management skills, including ability to meet tight deadlines;
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team. Preferably a graduate student in Public Health, Education, Public Policy/Administration, or related field.

Application Process

Please electronically submit a cover letter, resume, and 1-2 page writing sample (excerpts are fine) to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Please include your name in the file name for all documents (e.g.  g.smith – resume).