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Undergraduate Coder Application

The McCourtney Institute for Democracy is hiring undergraduate coders for the Mood of the Nation Poll. Unlike traditional public opinion polls, the Mood of the Nation Poll allows respondents to answer open-ended in their own words.  

Job Responsibilities and Qualifications

Coders read poll responses and code them for later analysis. This provides a unique opportunity to learn how Americans from all walks of life feel about issues in politics and current events. Student coders may also use the data for their own research.

Applicants should be available to work in Pond Lab for at least five hours per week starting at $12 per hour. Both daytime and evening hours are available. No experience or particular skills are required, but you must be willing to learn new software and to work collaboratively with other student coders. 

Students from any Liberal Arts major are welcome to apply. Preference will be given to sophomores, but we will consider applications from freshmen and juniors.  This is a multi-year opportunity that will not conflict with study abroad or other plans to be away from campus. Some availability during the summer is a plus.  

How to Apply

To apply, send a resume and short cover letter about why you are interested in this assignment to Jenny Harchak at Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Direct questions to Michael Berkman, Director of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy at or stop by during office hours in 318 Pond on Wednesdays 1:30-2:30 p.m.