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Undergraduate Coder Application: Fall 2021

Undergraduate Coder Application: Fall 2021

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 at least 3-5 hours per week, with more hours possible when new poll results come in. There are no set hours and remote work is possible if circumstances require.  The starting wage is $12 per hour. 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 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