Jeroen Dewulf, Professor

Closed (1) European Studies Research Assistant

Applications for Spring 2020 are now closed for this project.

This is the ideal URAP for students interested in a career in international diplomacy and/or foreign affairs. The Institute of European Studies seeks to enrich America's understanding of Europe -- its people, culture, languages, and politics -- through the generation and dissemination of distinguished scholarship. As the University's focal point for the study of Europe, IES brings disciplines together to create new cross-disciplinary understandings of European issues and issues related to Europe and its constituent nations. IES currently accepts students interested in working at the institute as European Studies Research Assistants. The Research Assistants will work in close cooperation with IES director Jeroen Dewulf and IES administrative officer Julia Nelsen.

The tasks of a European Studies Research Assistant are multiple and provide experience in the management of an international research institute. The following tasks are required:
- Acting as a student ambassador for IES events
- Reporting on IES events throughout the year
- Researching IES core faculty scholarly activities
- Managing the IES social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.)
- Videotaping IES lectures and interviewing guest-speakers
- Organizing the IES undergraduate research conference in European Studies
- Organizing bi-weekly research discussions with visiting scholars
- Assembling and managing the IES newsletter

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Julia K. Nelsen

Qualifications: Preference will be given to students with a strong interest in European Studies and knowledge of at least one European language other than English. Good writing skills and social skills are important criteria in the selection of candidates since you will interact with international faculty, diplomats and officials. Since most events take place at noon (12-1pm), students should make an effort to keep this time-slot free for at least two days of the week when building their class schedule. Meetings will take place every week on Friday afternoon, 4-5pm, please make sure to avoid classes from 4-5pm on Fridays in order to be able to attend one of the weekly meeting sessions.

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs

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