Content Analysis Religion and World Affairs Fall Intern, Pew Research Center – Washington, DC

Organization Overview:

Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research in the areas of U.S. politics and policy views; media and journalism; internet and technology; science and society; religion and public life; Hispanic trends; global attitudes and U.S. social and demographic trends. Pew Research Center does not take policy positions. It is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts. The Center’s work is carried out by a staff of about 150.

Position Summary

We are looking for five recent grads or current students to participate in a paid research project within the Pew Research Center’s Religion department, which seeks to promote a deeper understanding of issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs.

The assignment will be researching information on government restrictions on religion as well as religious hostilities and violence, and assisting the Pew Research Center in updating a dataset measuring these phenomena around the world. Coders will work from major international reports such as the U.S. State Department’s annual International Religious Freedom reports. Due to the nature of the work, the Interns will need to commit to 37.5 hours per week for the entire period, during regular business hours. The internship begins on September 5, 2017 and will last for 12 weeks.

Primary Responsibilities:

Working under the direction of Research Associate Dr. Katayoun Kishi and Research Analyst Samirah Majumdar, the Coders will have the following specific duties:

Coding & Data Entry
Use the Pew Research Center Codebook to code information from 18 primary sources following the Pew Research Center’s methodology.
Enter codes into a database as countries are coded.
Compare current coding with partner and with previous coding to spot discrepancies, and reconcile differences appropriately in consultation with Research Associate/Analyst.
Knowledge and Skill Requirements:

The Coders should be an undergraduate or graduate student or recent graduates with an interest in religion, world affairs, or other topics relevant to the study of government restrictions on religion and social religious hostilities. Experience in similar research projects is an advantage, but not required. Basic familiarity with Excel is required.

FLSA Status: Non-exempt

Number of openings: 5

Location: Conducted at the Pew Research Center (1615 L St., NW, Suite 800).

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