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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Job Openings - Undergraduate Research Assistant

The Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life seeks to hire two undergraduate research assistants for the academic year 2014-15. We invite applications from qualified and energetic undergraduate students of any major within the College of Arts and Sciences at Boston College who have an interest in the work of the Center.

To apply, please send the following via email to Associate Director Erik Owens: (1) a cover letter describing your relevant experience and your interest in the position; (2) a CV/resume with contact information for two BC references (at least one of whom should be a professor); and (3) a writing sample of less than 10 pages. We welcome applications starting now (April 15, 2014) and will begin interviewing qualified students as soon as they arrive on campus, as early as Monday, August 25. We expect to make a hiring decision by Friday, September 5 but will continue reviewing applications until the positions are filled.


About the position:

The Boisi Center’s undergraduate research assistants work closely with the Boisi Center staff and graduate research assistant on nearly all aspects of the Center’s work. Core job functions include (1) helping with the substance and logistics of the Center’s numerous public events and (2) writing and editing content for the Center’s web site, semi-annual newsletter and grant proposals. Additional tasks may include occasional research for director Alan Wolfe or associate director Erik Owens, work with the Center’s student-centered programs and other projects that may arise.

We will negotiate a work schedule that fits your class schedule, but candidates should be prepared to work an average of 8-10 hours a week at an hourly rate of $10.00/hour. Candidates must have excellent writing and editing skills, attention to detail, a solid work ethic and a good attitude. Event planning experience and some subject matter expertise related to religion and public life (e.g., in theology, political science, international studies, philosophy, history, sociology, healthcare or law) are preferred. Candidates should be technically proficient on the computer; experience with web design, Adobe InDesign and/or Photoshop is desirable but not necessary.


About the Boisi Center: The Boisi Center is a nationally recognized research center based at Boston College that brings together scholars, policy makers, media and religious leaders to discuss the moral and normative consequences of public policies in ways that can help us to maintain the common good while respecting our growing religious diversity. The Center is neither ideological nor partisan, nor does it advocate “for” religion as against something called “secularism”; its goal is to promote discussion and respect for conflicting positions. Each year the Boisi Center typically has three full-time staff members, several visiting scholars from around the world, a graduate research assistant and two undergraduate research assistants. To learn more about the Boisi Center, please visit