CALL FOR APPLICATIONS Participatory Action Research (PAR) Internship

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Intern Title: Participatory Action Research (PAR) Intern

Internship Organization: City University of New York (CUNY)

Supervisor: Professor Juan Battle (and others) 

Location: Remote 

Stipend: $50 per month ($30 stipend + $20 airtime) 

Hours: 15 hours/week

Duration: 3 months (September – November 2021) 

Application Deadline: Sunday, August 8th 2021 

Internship Description: 

The Global Education Movement (GEM) is an initiative of Southern New Hampshire University that brings accredited university degrees to refugees and vulnerable populations affected by forced migration. GEM has partnered with Professors Juan Battle and Richard Ocejo from the City University of New York (CUNY) to train GEM students to conduct participatory action research to investigate the impact of the GEM program and its students/graduates in their communities. 

Participatory Action Research (PAR) is an approach to research in communities that emphasizes participation and action. It seeks to understand the world by trying to change it, collaboratively and following reflection. PAR emphasizes collective inquiry and experimentation grounded in experience and social history. Interns will work in localized teams to learn about PAR, then conduct research and present their findings. Professor Ocejo is seeking up to 50 interns to participate in this internship. 

The internship will have three segments: 

Part 1: training on professional skills needed to successfully complete the internship 

Part 2: training on how to conduct participatory action research 

Part 3: conducting research and presenting findings 

Interns will be responsible for attending multiple virtual team calls each week, as well as completing and submitting significant independent and group work throughout the three month internship. 

Three of the fifteen hours of work per week will be on Zoom calls. Attendance at all calls are mandatory. During the team calls, all students are expected to use Zoom with their videos on, so please plan your Internet access and calendars accordingly. 

Upon successful completion of the internship, students will receive a certificate of completion in Advanced Social Science Research and Data Analysis from the City University of New York (CUNY). 

Desired Skills: 

  • Committed to completing the entire 3-month internship 
  • Excellent command of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
  • Desire to learn about and conduct research
  • Interest in a career in research 
  • Desire to work with people from multiple countries
  • Self-motivated and innovative 
  • Extremely well organized and punctual  
  • Excellent teamwork skills 
  • Experience with conducting interviews or reviewing research is an advantage 

How to Apply: 

Please submit your application through the linked Application Form by Sunday, August 8th 2021. You will need to answer the required questions and upload your resume and cover letter. 

Your application will be assessed by the Gem Employment Team against this Resume Rubric and this Cover Letter Rubric. Applicants scoring 18+ on both documents are considered highly competitive. All applications will be sent to employers, with the highest scoring applicants being highlighted to employers as recommended candidates. The employer will then decide who to interview and select for the position. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.  

If you would like feedback on your resume and cover letter before submitting, please send your documents via this linked Application Editing Form so that a GEM Employment Editor may provide you with feedback. Editors will provide feedback within three working days, so please plan your submission accordingly.