The Undergraduate Research Assistantship Program is the Center's initiative to internationalize undergraduate education at Harvard. It gives students the chance to work with CES resident faculty members and visiting fellows on a project related to Europe.
Students who have participated in this valuable program in the past have researched topics such as Policy Choices and Preferences of the New EU Member States: the Cases of Slovakia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic and Hitler’s Regiment in World War I, and Ideas and Institutions in the Field of Healthcare.
Many recipients of the assistantships have continued their work through the summer. Assistantships involve meaningful research and usually require between 5-10 hours per week. The hourly rate is $13.50.
Please note that only currently enrolled undergraduate students are eligible and must reside on campus when work is conducted.
Interested in a position with a focus primarily on history? The History Department at Harvard offers research and employment opportunities for undergraduate students focusing on political science and economics within the realm of history.
Resident Faculty Seeks Research Assistant - START SEPTEMBER: Uprooting Empire: France and the Atlantic World after the Haitian Revolution
This project examines French commerce and imperialism around the Atlantic after France lost its most valuable colony of Saint-Domingue (now Haiti) in the Haitian Revolution. Following this “uprooting” of its lucrative plantation colony, it looks at efforts to transplant it in various places around the Atlantic, including Senegal and Mexico, where French officials, investors, shippers and merchants hoped that the climates would be conducive to growing cash crops such as sugar, coffee, indigo and cotton. It considers the gradual realization that Saint-Domingue could not be transplanted and the shift from plantation agriculture to other forms of imperialism over the course of the nineteenth century.
Excellent ability to read French is required. Spanish a plus, but cannot replace French. Strong organizational skills, library skills (or willingness to learn them), ability to work independently and stay on task.
Visiting Fellow Seeks Research Assistant - START SEPTEMBER: Consensual, Equal, Universal? Danish Politics and Welfare in Comparative Perspective
Description of tasks to be performed by the RA
- Research and update country information and translate text from German to English
- Please see the description below for a bit more context on what I need help with
Any special skills needed (language, statistical analysis, graphic/presentation skills, etc.)
- Very good understanding of German texts (C1 or C2) and good written English.
- Stata or Excel experience is a bonus, as is some interest in country comparisons
Any other requirements or preferences (hours and days to work, flexibility, etc.)
- Ideally, I would like to use most of the 70 hours in 2019, but I am flexible.
Excerpt from visiting fellow: I am in need of help to gather comparative information on the politics and policies of four European countries. A prerequisite for the job is the ability to read and understand written German and a very good written English. At the heart of the project is the comparison of Danish politics and policies with Germany, the UK, and Sweden. I also compare the Danish case with developments in the EU and the OECD. Consensual negative parliamentarianism, the flexicurity model in the labor market, the universalist welfare state, and very low inequality are often considered part of a distinctive “Danish Model”. The project challenges this assumption based on empirical comparisons. What I offer is a very interesting project in which the student will learn a lot about Denmark and Europe, a cooperative style, and experience at comparing European countries via qualitative and quantitative means. If desired, I can offer regular discussions of the project content and I can teach the TA how to efficiently create state of the art graphics for comparing countries over time. I will fully acknowledge the support of the TA in the book that will result from the project. Prior knowledge of Denmark or certain Stats-programs is not needed.
How to Apply
Applicants for the Research Assistantships should submit the following:
- A current CV (including current and past research positions beneficial to know)
- A one-page CL explaining interest in the specific position, outlining any relevant qualifications and experience, and list availability
Completed applications should by sent in one clean document (Word or PDF format)
All currently enrolled undergraduate students of Harvard College are eligible to apply.
Your eligibility status for work-study is not a selection factor.