Minerva Research Assistant

About this Job

The Chicago Project on Security and Threats (CPOST) is accepting applications for Minerva Research Assistants to support CPOST’s multi-year project on militant propaganda and recruitment as part of CPOST’s internship program.

The position is unpaid and requires an in-person commitment of 10 hours a week during the 10 weeks of the winter quarter.

Selected candidates will fill a crucial role in collecting and analyzing data propaganda videos produced by groups like ISIS, Al Qaeda, The Taliban, Jabhat al-Nusra, and al-Shabaab. They will work on a team of student researchers supporting Professor Robert Pape and CPOST’s senior staff in the production of academic articles and publishable reports. In addition to conducting research, research assistants will periodically prepare and present research findings to Professor Pape and the senior staff.

CPOST interns gain valuable research experience through participation in all facets of the research process. Daily interactions with senior staff and faculty, as well as conversations with their fellow interns deepen their understanding of international relations and contemporary security realities while refining their practical research skills. Throughout the quarter, CPOST will host special events with experts, professors, and research fellows working in policy, politics, and international security.

Additionally, CPOST offers interns valuable learning experiences through training opportunities and hands-on experience in software programs such as Excel, Access, and Tableau that CPOST regularly uses to store, compile, analyze, and visualize data.

There are no formal prerequisites for the position, though previous research experience and familiarity with Microsoft Office programs and databases is preferred. Candidates with native fluency in Arabic, French, and Russian are especially encouraged to apply.