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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Research Assistant - The Center on Health Promotion Research for Persons with Disabilities at UIC (closes Aug. 13)

Who: UIC Center on Health Promotion Research

What: The Center on Health Promotion Research for Persons with Disabilities at UIC is hiring a research assistant to assist on projects related to health promotion, health policy, community inclusion, and the built environment. The position includes a tuition waiver and is for 50% time appointment (20hrs a week), although a smaller percent time may be considered.


  • Developing evaluation surveys online through Qualtrics 
  • Input, clean and organize data 
  • Summarizing qualitative data gathered from a pilot study 
  • Assisting with manuscript preparation 
  • Identifying sources of GIS data for new grant activities 
  • Collecting and organizing new secondary data sets 
  • Running preliminary statistics 
  • Assisting with additional office work related to the study


  • Must be a UIC student 
  •  Experience working in research 
  • Excellent writing skills 
  • Experience developing Qualtrics surveys 
  • Masters or Doctoral candidates 
  • Detail oriented 
  • Background in health promotion, health policy, disability, or related field 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office software Experience with GIS considered a plus

To apply, please fill out the application located here: Application for CHP RA by August 13, 2019 at the latest.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Graduate Hourly Assistant - Institute for Health Research and Policy (closes 6/14)

Who: Institute for Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago

What: The Institute for Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago is hiring a Graduate Hourly Research Assistant for the summer of 2019 with the possibility of extension. The position requires the ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time and the ability to commit to a minimum of 10 hours per week during normal business hours. The appropriate candidate will conduct literature and media searches around beverage taxation. Interested candidates should have familiarity and experience with search engines, literature databases (e.g., ProQuest), and software such as Microsoft Office and EndNote. Ideally, candidates will be organized, have high attention to detail, and possess good time management skills.

In this position, you will:

Internship - The Resurrection Project

Who: The Resurrection Project is a non‐for‐profit organization that strives to create healthy communities through education, organizing, and community development. The Resurrection Project’s mission is to build relationships and challenge individuals to act on their faith and values by creating community ownership, building community wealth, and serving as stewards of community assets.

What: The Resurrection Internship Program is a paid internship opportunity that provides full time college undergraduates an opportunity to be exposed to the intricate components to sustaining a non-for –profit entity. In addition, the program provides career readiness, leadership training, peer to peer network, and mentorship all while developing the soft and technical skills that will prepare them post graduation.

Who is eligible to participate in The Resurrection Internship Program?

Only full-time undergraduate students, who are 18 years and older, pre-qualifyshould complete a the Resurrection Internship Program Applicationand supply required documentation. To find out if you pre-qualify, be truthful in answering the following questions:

Note: If you answer yes to all of the questions, you pre-qualify to complete the Resurrection Internship Program Application. A complete application does not guarantee participation in the program..

Important Dates

At the Resurrection Project, the Academic Year begins mid-August 2019 and runs through mid-May 2020 (9 months). Our Academic Year is adjusted to match your university’s term.

*Note: Participation in the Pre-Work Orientation, Leadership Training, and the Career Readiness Workshop Series is required. Failure to participate will result in disqualification and/or removal from The Resurrection InternshipProgram.

Deadline for Application:  July 12, 2019
Interview (for finalists only): Week of July 29, 2019
OfferLetter:  August 12, 2019
Pre-Work Orientation*:  August 20, 2019
Start Date:  September2, 2019
WinterBreak:  SecondWeek of December
Spring Break:  March22-28, 2020
End Date:  May 20, 2020

Monday, June 3, 2019

Internships - Baker Tilly

Who: Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Baker Tilly) is a nationally recognized, full-service accounting and advisory firm whose specialized professionals connect with clients and their businesses through refreshing candor and clear industry insight. With approximately 2,700 employees across the United States, Baker Tilly is ranked as one of the 15 largest accounting and advisory firms in the country. Headquartered in Chicago, Baker Tilly is an independent member of Baker Tilly International, a worldwide network of independent accounting and business advisory firms in 147 territories, with over 33,000 professionals. The combined worldwide revenue of independent member firms is $3.4 billion.

What: Organizations today are facing an increasingly complex business landscape that's changing at an accelerated pace. New technologies are emerging rapidly, the quantity of government regulations is growing, the face of competition is changing and the workforce is more dynamic and empowered than ever.

Baker Tilly is looking for high performing, high achieving and passionate interns to make an immediate impact. If you want to have an experience that consists of a variety of projects, developmental opportunities, networking and social events, and being a part of a team that is recognized by their clients as being valued business advisers, then read on.

As a member of the 2019 Consulting Internship Program you will have the opportunity to:

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Planning and Development Intern - Village of Franklin Park

Who: The Village of Franklin Park, Illinois

What: The Village of Franklin Park located immediately northwest of the City of Chicago, seeks a Planning and Development Intern to undertake administration of the redevelopment of the Des Plaines River Trail and related planning and development projects in the Village. This position reports to the Director of Community Development and Zoning. The position will be full-time from June 1st to September 1st with potential for a part-time extension. The hourly wage for this position is $14 per hour.

Responsibilities include administration and research related to the Des Plaines River Trail (DPRT) and various planning duties assigned by the Director of Community Development. Working with the DPRT Intergovernmental Coalition (a coalition made up of 6 communities that Include the Village of Franklin Park, Village of Rosemont, Village of Schiller Park, Village of Melrose Park, Village of River Grove and Village of River Forest), the selected individual will be responsible for the effort towards developing the DPRT through planning strategies, applying for grants, networking, pro-forma development and research.

Duties of the Position:
  • Administration for the DPRT project 
  • Field survey work, research and data collection for the DPRT project 
  • Attend meetings with DPRT Intergovernmental Coalition, Christopher Burke Engineering, Cook County Forest Preserves, and Active Transportation Alliance 
  • Other Planning duties as assigned

Friday, May 3, 2019

Graduate Research Assistant - UIC Office for Research on Student Success

Who: UIC, Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and Academic Programs, Office for Research on Student Success

What: The Office for Research on Student Success is looking for a 50% Research Assistant starting August, 2019. The RA will work on undergraduate education research projects with the aim of increasing undergraduate student retention and graduation.

The ideal candidate will have quantitative research and IRB experience, as well as excellent writing skills, good organizational skills, office skills, and content knowledge in higher education, developmental/community/educational psychology, and/or student success. Data analytic skills is essential. Expertise with SPSS, Excel, and Word is required.

Graduate Hourly - The Illinois Prevention Research Center (closes 5/6!)

Who: UIC Institute for Health Research and Policy / The Illinois Prevention Research Center

What: The Illinois Prevention Research Center seeks a Graduate Hourly with strong writing skills to support communications about federally funded public health research. We're looking for someone with a warm and professional writing voice who is curious about the intersection of media and public health. This position will be an excellent introduction to both the academic research environment and professional health communications. This is an hourly position for 10 to 20 hours per week.

The successful candidate will execute an established communications strategy, curating content and writing messages for Twitter and Facebook; maintain and update a WordPress website; write monthly/biweekly newsletter; track audience benchmarks (Web traffic and social interaction); and contribute to blogs.

Summer Internship, Global Urbanization - OECD (Paris)

Who: The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. We work with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. We measure productivity and global flows of trade and investment. We analyse and compare data to predict future trends. We set international standards on a wide range of things, from agriculture and tax to the safety of chemicals.

What: The OECD’s Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities is hiring a summer intern to contribute to a research project on global urbanisation. The project aims at providing a comprehensive overview of global urbanisation since 1975 using a new and innovative dataset of all cities across the world. The selected candidate will support the work of a team of economists/policy analysts. In line with his/her qualifications, he/she will be expected to contribute to the project through:

  • Cleaning and processing data and developing indicators on urbanisation 
  • Collecting auxiliary data from varying sources 
  • Conducting econometric analyses describing the evolution of cities across the world over time 
  • Creating charts, figures and maps visualising the data 
  • Drafting short texts describing the results 
  • Preparing presentations, talking points and speeches describing the analyses 
  • Organising events related to the project 

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Scholarships Available - Conference of Minority Transportation Officials

Who: The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) was created to provide a forum for minority professionals in the transportation industry. COMTO’s membership includes individuals, groups, transportation agencies, private sector corporations, non-profit organizations, and Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs).

What: COMTO's National Scholarship Program supports our strategic goal of ensuring the continuing legacy of minorities in transportation.The organization awards $100,000 annually in national academic scholarships to minority graduate and undergraduate students from across the country. Scholarship awardees are represented in all academic backgrounds and pursuing various careers in the transportation industry.   

COMTO Chapters collectively award close to $500,000 annually in academic scholarships to local applicants.

Summer Graduate Research Assistant: Fair Housing - UIC

We are seeking a UIC graduate student with interests in housing, particularly as it relates to racial residential segregation and programs and policies related to it.  Specifically, we seek a graduate student who is interested in identifying programs and policies whose goal is to support racial residential integration and/or break the cycle of residential segregation. 

The work would involve researching existing programs (through online searches and reaching out to non-profits and their staff), documenting these efforts through a compilation of relevant websites and reports, as well as providing summaries of the programs and policies that are identified.  Additionally, the research assistant would have an opportunity to spend time at the Oak Park Regional Housing Center, a national model of housing integration programs, learning about the staff and how they do their work. 

The position is an hourly appointment ($24.50/hour) with the expectation of 20 hours/week for 10 weeks beginning May 15.  You would be working closely with Maria Krysan and Jay Readey, Esq. (Interim Executive Director of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center).