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 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 to apply.
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.
Financing the Welfare State or Enabling Market Integration? The Introduction of the Value Added Tax in the European Community Revisited (together with D. Schulz, University of Victoria) START ASAP
We plan a historical case study of a crucial moment in European tax policy from a political science perspective. This critical moment is the introduction of the Value Added Tax in the European Community in 1967. This meant the breakthrough of this form of consumption taxation, which today has been adopted by all OECD member states except for the US. In contrast to the existing literature, we want to argue that the key political conflict in the reform debate did not revolve around welfare state expansion, but rather around the issue of greater market integration in Europe (as fostered by introducing the VAT).
Description of Tasks:
The main empirical material for our study will be primary sources from the political process in the European Community in the late 1960s, perhaps supplemented with national sources, in particular from Germany. The task of the RA will be to survey what sources are available and to help us develop a strategy for how to approach these sources.
As some of the necessary sources are probably in French, we are looking for a RA who speaks French fluently. Knowledge of German would also be an asset but is not required. Similarly, prior experience with archival research would be an asset.
Personal Networks of Chinese International Students: A Structural and Comparative Analysis START ASAP
This project will conduct a systematic and comparative analysis of international Chinese students’ personal networks in Germany and in the US. The main aim of this study is to investigate the composition and structure of international students’ personal networks and whether and how those networks have an influence on their decision-making to study abroad in general and where to study in particular. It will shed new light on the relationship between educational mobility and social networks, as well as their regional dynamics. Through a mixed-methods research design including policy analysis, egocentric network analysis, and qualitative interviews with a comparative logic, a number of theoretical issues explaining the nexus of social networks and educational mobility will be unveiled.
- Description of tasks to be performed by the RA
- Finding international student interviewees and scheduling interviews
- Conducting literature review on migration and higher education policies of Germany and the US
- Any special skills needed (language, statistical analysis, graphic/presentation skills, etc.)
- Experience in conducting qualitative interviews and/or personal network analysis
- Experience with statistical software packages (e.g. R, STATA) preferred
- Experience working well independently and in collaboration
- Any other requirements (hours and days to work, flexibility, etc.)
- Flexible working hours, attention to detail, and a positive attitude are appreciated.
How to Apply
Applicants for the Research Assistantships should submit the following:
- A current CV
- A one-page CL explaining interest in the specific position and outlining any relevant qualifications and experience
Completed applications should by sent in one finished 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.