Vinod Aggarwal, Professor

Closed (1) Linking Trade, Traditional Security and Human Security - Cyber Industrial Policy; Disaster Management

Applications for Fall 2017 are now closed for this project.

The Berkeley Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Study Center (BASC) brings together scholars from various disciplines, institutes, and centers from Berkeley and around the world to foster collaborative research on APEC and other trade-related issues. Our activities include research projects, business leadership conferences, international conferences, colloquia, policy briefings, and newsletter, policy papers and book publications. We also publish a leading quarterly academic journal, Business and Politics, as well as a semi-annual newsletter. Our new research projects include those on industrial policy, cybersecurity, and disaster management. BASC's traditional research projects concentrate on three main areas: (1) business-government relations; (2) international trade and investment; and (3) international institutions.

Over the past decade, BASC has trained a number of exceptional undergraduate students as research assistants for the Center, offering them an opportunity to develop their research skills while learning more about international political economic and business developments. Students work closely with graduate students as well as with Professor Vinod K. Aggarwal, and learn to conduct primary and secondary research, develop analytical skills, and write research papers for publication. The skills and recommendation letters from BASC have helped past students gain admission to top-tier law schools, graduate schools, and private firms.

BASC Research Assistants work constantly on a variety of research tasks. They may assist with editorial tasks associated with the journal, Business and Politics. They will conduct background research cybersecurity, disaster management, on trade, APEC, and other topics as needed. Finally, RAs will contribute original opinion pieces to the BASC blog (http://basc.berkeley.edu) and the BASC annual newsletter.

Qualifications: BASC produces finished research products for various consumers, including government agencies, international organizations, and the academic community. BASC projects are often subject to hard deadlines and require rapid, professional-quality results. Because of these requirements, we demand the highest standards of our staff, including undergraduate research assistants. The following is a list of minimum requirements: 1) Superior writing skills. Consistent grades of "A-" and above in courses with significant writing components are strongly preferred. 2) Excellent research skills. We strongly recommend that applicants have written at least one research paper for a college-level class (preferably in political science, economics or related fields) and received a grade of "A-" or higher. 3) Strong interest in Asian political, security and/or economic issues as demonstrated by familiarity with current regional trends, performance in related courses, previous work/internship experience and (to a lesser degree) language work. 4) Familiarity with international relations theory through at least PS 120A level and familiarity with basic macroeconomic concepts (e.g. supply/demand, comparative advantage, GDP, effects of tariffs) are STRONGLY recommended. Students with a background in PEIS or economics are encouraged to apply. 5) Facility with Microsoft Word and Excel. Familiarity with online databases such as LEXIS-NEXIS, J-STOR, and Google Scholar is a plus. We are especially interested in candidates with strong backgrounds in web design and desktop publishing, particularly facility with Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks, Photoshop, and InDesign. 6) Editorial experience is a plus because so much of our work involves the research, preparation, and copyediting of publishable materials. 7) Reading knowledge of an East Asian language, while certainly not required, would be a huge asset. 8) Ability to think creatively, meet tight deadlines, and remain cool under pressure in a high-energy work environment is essential! We seek to engage 1-2 new URAP students. Most URAP students at BASC have been in their junior and senior years. However, we will make exceptions to the above requirements for promising first- or second-year students who can demonstrate extraordinary capabilities and a willingness to learn on the job. For all candidates, a willingness to work for at least one year is especially advantageous. Students with research-level foreign language skills should note these on their applications. In addition, we are specifically looking for a research assistant to take charge of our computing and web and desktop publishing needs. This RA may participate in research activities as desired, but he or she would primarily be in charge of various technological aspects of BASC. Candidates should have strong backgrounds in Office, Photoshop, and InDesign. They should also be able to troubleshoot basic computer issues and provide occasional support to BASC staff. This position would be excellent for students looking to build portfolios or gain experience in this area. Candidates who are interested in this position (or feel that they may be qualified) should indicate this in their URAP application. If you have a burning interest in Asian politics or economics, love a high-energy work environment and are a resourceful researcher and excellent writer, then we invite you to apply. We look forward to hearing from you!

Weekly Hours: 9-12 hrs

Related website: http://basc.berkeley.edu

Closed (2) Web Page and Publication Design

Applications for Fall 2017 are now closed for this project.

The Berkeley Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Study Center (BASC) brings together scholars from various disciplines, institutes, and centers from Berkeley and around the world to foster collaborative research on APEC and other trade-related issues. Our activities include research projects, business leadership conferences, international conferences, colloquia, policy briefings, and newsletter, policy papers and book publications. We also publish a leading quarterly academic journal, Business and Politics, as well as a semi-annual newsletter. BASC research concentrates on three main areas: (1) Business-government relations; (2) International trade and investment; and (3) International institutions.
For more on our recent projects, please visit our website at http://basc.berkeley.edu

Over the past decade, BASC has trained a number of exceptional undergraduate students as research assistants for the Center, offering them an opportunity to develop their research skills while learning more about international political economic and business developments. Students work closely with graduate students as well as with Professor Vinod K. Aggarwal, and learn to conduct primary and secondary research, develop analytical skills, and write research papers for publication. The skills and recommendation letters from BASC have helped past students gain admission to top-tier law schools, graduate schools, and private firms.

Qualifications: We are specifically looking for a research assistant to take charge of our computing and web and desktop publishing needs. This RA may participate in research activities as desired, but he or she would primarily be in charge of various technological aspects of BASC. Responsibilities would include design and maintenance of the BASC website, design of the BASC yearly newsletter, and helping to create a new alumni web presence for all of our past BASC affiliates. Consequently, candidates should have strong backgrounds in Office, Photoshop, and InDesign. They should also be able to troubleshoot basic computer issues and provide occasional support to BASC staff. To be clear, this is not a mere technical support position; this RA would have a great deal of flexibility to be creative in his or her use of technology at BASC. This position would be excellent for students looking to build portfolios or gain experience in this area. Candidates who are interested in this position (or feel that they may be qualified) should indicate this in their URAP application.

Weekly Hours: 9-12 hrs

Closed (3) Assistant Managing Editor, Business and Politics

Closed. This professor is continuing with Spring 2017 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Fall 2017.

Business and Politics is an internationally ranked, peer-reviewed international political economy journal. This is a fantastic opportunity for students who desire social science writing and editing experience. This URAP also provides a unique inside look at the academic publishing process.

As the Assistant Managing Editor at Business and Politics, your responsibilities will include copyediting manuscripts to prepare them for the preflight process, contributing to theme selection for the journal’s special issues, and identifying and recruiting new submissions and reviewers. You will also be asked to provide critical input for submitters on how to improve their papers, ranging from suggestions regarding clarity and readability to argumentative structure and coherence. The Assistant Managing Editor will also be tasked with maintaining and improving the Business and Politics website to generate new readership and increased submissions.


Qualifications: Strong proofreading skills and attention to detail are the keys to success in this position. Prior editing experience is useful, as is coursework in political science, economics, and political economy. As with other BASC positions, the Assistant Managing Editor must produce work of the highest quality, often under tight deadlines. Because of these requirements, we demand the highest standards of our staff, including undergraduate research assistants. The following is a list of minimum requirements: 1) Superior writing skills. Consistent grades of "A-" and above in courses with significant writing components are strongly preferred. 2) Excellent research skills. We strongly recommend that applicants have written at least one research paper for a college-level class (preferably in political science, economics or related fields) and received a grade of "A-" or higher. 3) Familiarity with international relations theory through at least PS 120A level and familiarity with basic macroeconomic concepts (e.g. supply/demand, comparative advantage, GDP, effects of tariffs) are STRONGLY recommended. Students with a background in PEIS or economics are encouraged to apply. 4) Facility with Microsoft Word and Excel. Familiarity with online databases such as LEXIS-NEXIS, Expanded Academic Index ASAP, J-STOR, Ingenta, and Google Scholar is a plus. We are especially interested in candidates with strong backgrounds in web design and desktop publishing, particularly facility with Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks, Photoshop, and InDesign. 5) Ability to think creatively, meet tight deadlines, and remain cool under pressure in a high-energy work environment are essential!

Weekly Hours: 9-12 hrs

Related website: http://basc.berkeley.edu
Related website: http://basc.berkeley.edu