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Job Summary

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan at the central campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan seeks undergraduate students to work as Assistants in Research.  ICPSR encourages and facilitates research and instruction in the social sciences and related areas by acquiring, developing, archiving, and disseminating data and documentation relevant to a wide spectrum of disciplines, and by conducting related instructional programs.  ICPSR acquires and preserves data in the areas of history, sociology and political science, as well as other social sciences. The data is processed to promote effective research use, and is disseminated to researchers through our website ( 

People in this position will work in the Linux/UNIX and Windows environments and use SAS, SPSS, and Stata to review and prepare social science data collections for permanent archiving and dissemination to secondary researchers. Attention to detail and accuracy are required.

The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to ground our research in varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

Students who are part of an established cooperative or internship education program are welcome to apply.  If chosen, we will work with your institution to fulfill the requirements of your program.


  • Checking variable labels, values, and formats
  • Preparing and compiling collection documentation
  • Perform disclosure reviews to ensure respondent anonymity
  • Composing descriptions of data collections

Required Qualifications*

Current enrollment in college in a social science discipline. General proficiency in computer usage; experience with or general knowledge of statistical processing software such as SPSS, SAS, or Stata; experience with or general knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word; demonstrated attention to detail skills; must be able to prioritize tasks, and work independently as well as in a team environment. Experience with command line computing, such as UNIX or Linux, is desired.

Work Schedule

15 to 20 hours a week Monday through Friday, during normal business hours. The ideal candidate will be able to start immediately.


U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.