Student Employment

WORKING AT THE SURVEY LAB

As part of its mission to train students in high-quality social science methods, the Survey Lab regularly employs University of Chicago graduate and undergraduate students. Employees get first-hand experience on active social science research projects and learn more about the practical decisions involved in carrying out thoughful investigations. We hire year-round for projects across a broad range of topic areas. Our studies employ diverse methodologies, from phone and in-person interviewing to field observation.

Job Opportunities

The Survey Lab hires employees on a temporary, part-time basis to meet the needs of specific projects. If an active job listing interests you, feel free to inquire. All hiring-related inquiries should be directed to surveylab@uchicago.edu.

Though each study requires something different, we are looking more generally for students with strong verbal, social and writing skills, as well as analytic and statistical backgrounds, to staff our research projects. We employ primarily graduate students but hire some undergraduates as well.

In addition to in-house research positions, our staff members also regularly receive information about career opportunities in social sciences research from a range of academic, nonprofit, for-profit and government institutions.

INTERVIEWER POSITION – 2020-2021 ACADEMIC YEAR

The University of Chicago Survey Lab seeks interviewers for work on several upcoming projects. Interviews for different projects may last anywhere from a few minutes to 2 hours and will be conducted remotely via telephone. Interviewers will receive training in standardized survey interviewing and research methodology. Additional project work may be available in the form of data entry or materials production.

We offer 10 – 20 hours of work per week. We expect most of this work to be done during normal business hours, although some evening/weekend hours may be required. Compensation ranges from $14 – $16 / hour depending on education level. Employment opportunities may continue beyond this academic year, with potential transition to upcoming projects after that time.

OPERATIONS ASSISTANT – 2020-2021 ACADEMIC YEAR

The University of Chicago Survey Lab is hiring Operations Assistants for the 2020-2021 academic year to help manage daily operations in our data collection center. Duties include supervising call shop operations, conducting survey interviews by phone and in person, helping assemble and distribute mail-outs, data entry, data cleaning, piloting questionnaires, training research assistants, and handling the miscellaneous tasks that arise during the course of business. 

Applicants must be available 10 hours a week. Compensation ranges from $14 – $16 / hour depending on education level and language proficiency. This position runs through the end of Spring Quarter 2021. Strong preference will be given to applicants that are eligible for work study and to graduate students in a related field.