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Opportunity: Part-Time Research Assistants - The Institute for Rebooting Social Media

Opportunity: Part-Time Research Assistants - The Institute for Rebooting Social Media


Research Assistants (RAs) will support one of the Institute’s 2023-24 Visiting Scholars based on their skill set and experience. We are particularly interested in hiring students with one or more of the following backgrounds:

  • Law and governance
  • Platform regulation
  • Computational social science/data science, specifically social media scraping, social network analysis, and content and sentiment analysis
  • Social media/influencer studies
  • Foreign relations

RAs may also have the opportunity to contribute to new and ongoing projects for the scholars, and the Institute more broadly, as they arise.

Depending on specific projects, research needs, and backgrounds, RAs may be asked to collaborate with their Visiting Scholar on the following:

  • Conducting statistical analyses and quantitative research 
  • Conducting literature reviews
  • Conducting legal research
  • Identifying and tracking user and regulatory responses to specific social media-related incidents over time
  • Performing social media, social network and content analysis
  • Transcribing interviews and select/secure applicable quotes 
  • Writing memos on case law

Ideal candidates will be self-starters who are motivated to support visiting scholars in their research. Experience with content creation, particularly on TikTok, is a plus. 


  • Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to be considered for an RA role: 
  • Actively enrolled Harvard University student
  • Able to work in remote and/or hybrid format
  • Able to commit up to 5-10 hours per week 
  • Authorization to work in the U.S. 

The University’s standard rate for RA positions is $21.00/hour. No other benefits are provided.

Please submit your current CV or resume and a cover letter summarizing your interest and experience to this form. If there is a specific RSM Visiting Scholar whose project you would be excited to support, please indicate this in your cover letter. For any questions, please contact with the subject line “RSM Research Assistant”.

The Institute for Rebooting Social Media (RSM) is a three-year, pop-up initiative with Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society to accelerate progress towards addressing social media’s most urgent problems. By working with academia, industry, and the public, RSM hopes to research, promote, and create healthier online ecosystems. More information can be found here.