Research Opportunities

Summer Internships

The Berger Institute is partnering with the following organizations to offer exciting internships that aim to provide students with valuable, real-world experience:

Foothill Family Shelter (Upland, CA)

This internship opportunity aims to provide students with exposure to a variety of areas within the organization. Interns may be asked to work on projects including but not limited to: administration and application processes; food pantry and clothing closet; front desk; volunteer coordination and development; and activity planning.

Please click here for an application, due before May 20.

Kaiser Permanente (Oakland, CA)

Students will have a chance to work on the KP Women in Technology (KP WIT) and the KP Women Embracing Life and Leadership (KP WELL) initiatives, which are designed to educate, connect, and develop leadership at Kaiser Permanente. Kaiser is especially interested in students who are passionate and knowledgeable about technology.

Please click here for an application, due Wednesday, March 4th by noon.

Families and Work Institute (NYC)

Interns will support two teams. One is the Mind in the Making team, which is conducting research on the development of executive function skills and successful interventions in teenagers and young adults. The second is the Communications team, working to craft compelling videos and other material to show our work and its impact through multiple media channels. Lastly, interns will assist in creating an impact report for 2015. In addition to these main functions, interns will also assist with various administrative duties as needed.

Qualified applicants should have excellent research and writing skills, experience conducting rigorous lit reviews, and a track record of being creative, with experience shooting video and doing live interviews a plus.

Please click here for an application, due Friday, February 27th by 1:00pm.

U.S. District Court (Los Angeles, CA)

Students will gain exposure to human resources policy making and operations at the U.S. District Court.

Please click here for an application, due Monday, February 2nd by 1:00pm.

Grants & Fellowships

Research Assistants 2015-16

The Berger Institute is looking for Research Assistants who are interested in one of two separate research projects:

– Exploring the work-life-career concerns of adolescents and college students, and/or
– Examining developmental issues faced by Latino families and children.

Research Assistants will assist Professor Tomoe Kanaya (psychology) with literature reviews, data collection, data analysis, and report writing. Previous research experience is a plus but not required. For the project on Latino families and children, proficiency in Spanish is highly desirable. Research Assistants may also be asked to provide administrative and clerical support, including data entry, spreadsheets, telephone calls, photocopying, etc. Research Assistants often have the opportunity for writing, publishing, and presenting research.

(Application Deadline: September 25, 2015)

Berger Institute Research Grant

The purpose of the Berger Institute Research Grant is to support and expand the ongoing research of CMC students by helping to defray the costs of a specific, student-led project (e.g. travel, equipment, etc.). The recipient is required to conduct research under the supervision of, or in collaboration with, a faculty member. The proposed project should reflect the student’s current research interest and may include research for the student’s senior thesis. While the topic should address work-family-children issues (broadly defined), all disciplines and research methodologies are encouraged and welcome to apply. The award amount will vary according to the scope and subject of the project.

Upon completion of the project, the student must provide a summary of their research findings (1000-2000 words) to be included in the Berger Institute’s spring newsletter. In addition, the student may be asked to give a short oral presentation to Berger Institute board members. Finally, the student must acknowledge the Berger Institute in any professional publications or presentations that result from this project.

Applications are accepted throughout the year, but all projects must be completed by the end of the academic year of the application and must take place in the United States. An interview may also be required as part of the application process.

To apply, please submit:

  • An application
  • A one- to two-page proposal that outlines the theoretical importance of the research, the specific research methodology that will be used (including sample data and collection materials), and its connection to work-family issues;
  • A cover letter;
  • A one-page detailed budget;
  • Resume;
  • Transcript (unofficial is fine);
  • One faculty reference that we may contact who can speak to the feasibility of the student begin able to successfully complete the project.

Students will typically find out whether they have received the award 2-4 weeks after receipt of the application. For more information, please contact Gabi Grannis.

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