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Spring 2020 Undergraduate Work Study internship: O-Lab

Opportunity Lab Communications Intern

Application deadline: Position will remain open until filled (early applications are encouraged).

Background: The Opportunity Lab (O-Lab) is a research center at UC Berkeley addressing poverty and inequality through rigorous, data-driven research. It is an interdisciplinary effort led by professors Hilary Hoynes, Jesse Rothstein, and Ben Handel. The O-Lab generates high-quality and policy-relevant evidence across multiple domains, including criminal justice, climate, education, taxation, the social safety net, and health. 

Overview: We are seeking a 25% Communications Intern who can help O-Lab share our research and policy impact. The position will work with O-Lab staff and faculty to develop and disseminate social media content, monitor press coverage, and manage website operations. We are looking for someone with some demonstrated interested in poverty and inequality and/or social science research more generally, and with the ability to comprehend and clearly explain academic work for a public audience. Strong writing skills, attention to detail, and time management will be very important in this position. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Oversee social media for the lab, including drafting tweets and managing twitter account;
  • Develop and/or revise text for the website, brochures, and other O-Lab materials;
  • Coordinate with graduate students and faculty around the production of short policy briefs and opinion pieces;
  • Conduct web searches and other desk research to identify potential funders for O-Lab initiatives and for individual faculty members. 
  • Provide administrative/management support for O-Lab events, including conference planning, coordinating faculty meetings, managing invitations and scheduling, and conducting outreach to speakers and visitors 


  • Work-study student at UC Berkeley (enrolled for Spring 2020) with a focus in public policy, economics, political science, sociology, international development, health policy, or a related field. 
  • Available to work 25% time for the full Spring 2020 semester
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0

Required Skills

  • Communications experience and a demonstrated interest in public policy and economic research. You should have strong writing skills with precise, clear, and vibrant language. 
  • Strong ability to anticipate, plan, prioritize, and meet deadlines. Capacity to handle multiple projects at once and manage a time-sensitive workflow while maintaining absolute accuracy with details.
  • Experience with web development and social media platforms a plus.
  • Professionalism, discretion, and good judgment when sharing news and information publicly. 
  • Eye for design and style, both online and in print. Experience with InDesign or other design programs a plus. 
  • Self-motivated, hard worker who enjoys working in teams.
  • Quick learner and entrepreneurial problem solver who can identify areas for improvement to make critical systems run more smoothly.
  • Strong organizational skills and close attention to detail. 

Funding & Logistics: This is a 25% work study appointment (10 hrs/week) for the Spring 2020 semester. The intern will be hired by the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) and will have access to the Center’s administrative staff (for help with event logistics, grant proposal development, web services, etc). S/he will be expected to meet regularly with the O-Lab Program Manager and with key staff within CEGA.

Application Information: Please send a resume and a short (1-page) cover letter explaining your interest in the position and any relevant experiences to 

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