Before each term the IBRC recruits and interviews undergraduate applicants for semester long volunteer research assistantships with various social science faculty and graduate students. 

The IBRC Research Assistant program exists to accommodate undergraduate students who wish to get experience as research assistants in the social and behavioral sciences. Typically, research assistants are undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and seniors majoring in psychology, sociology, or another social or behavioral science at Duke. However, outstanding Duke freshmen and students at other local universities have occasionally participated in the program.

Generally speaking, as research assistants, students may:

  • Learn to organize and conduct research studies involving human participants
  • Network with graduate students and faculty  who share similar academic interests
  • Learn to use research technologies and software programs
  • Learn how to enter, check, code, and run basic analysis on data
  • Sharpen communications skills
  • Gain exposure to new ideas and knowledge in the social and behavioral sciences
  • Explore existing academic interests and develop new ones

To participate as a research assistant, students should:

  • Be available to volunteer at least 6 hours per week
  • Be able to commit to volunteer for an entire semester (16 weeks)
  • Have a strong interest in the social and behavioral sciences
  • Have a willingness to contribute to all aspects of research projects
  • Be able to communicate with people from all walks of life
  • Have a positive attitude

IBRC staff interviews each potential research assistant in advance of his or her involvement. Interviews are usually held during the first two weeks of each semester.

To ensure availability of positions, please apply at least two weeks prior to the semester in which you would like to volunteer.

Deadlines to Apply

Two weeks prior to the semester in which you would like to volunteer. We accept volunteers Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.

Please note the positions are unpaid; instead, students agree to volunteer their time in exchange for research experience.

To apply for a research assistant position at the IBRC, please send the following to Tia Tyndal:

  • Brief letter of interest
  • Resume
  • Schedule of weekly availability (if possible at this time)