Student Program Assistant - Research

Position Summary:

We are seeking a Student Program Assistant to support the research of our Director, Professor Yaw Nyarko, which includes African economic development, technological adaption, and the history of the growth of industry in specific African countries and rural destinations. Primary duties will include research support for academic projects, such as creating bibliographies and writing literature reviews and policy briefs. The Student Program Assistant will also work on research and programs for the affiliate NYU Development Research Institute ( and NYU Center for Technology and Economic Development – CTED (

Our ideal candidate is a committed, highly motivated NYU graduate student with proven ability to work independently and effectively in a professional environment. We are looking for a problem-solver and a strategic, creative thinker with strong writing skills to be part of our multicultural and interdisciplinary team.


  • Help conduct quantitative research

  • Assemble and graph data using Excel

  • Manipulate economic data and/or create new variables using Excel

  • Conduct qualitative research

  • Assemble information in clear, concise reports

  • Assist with all aspects (planning, organizing, hosting) of NYU Africa House/DRI/CTED events

  • Write and update content for website and social media

Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated interest in, knowledge of, and/or experience in African development economics, studies, and/or current affairs

  • Basic quantitative analysis and strong writing skills are essential

  • Ability to use STATA and Matlab software

  • Strong online research skills

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Experience with Microsoft Office and Excel

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in an NYU graduate program

  • Experience using, Squarespace, Mailchimp, and Adobe InDesign a plus

  • Previous work experience in an office environment

Preferred Education: Current graduate student in African Studies, Economics, History, International Affairs, Law, Politics, Sociology, or related fields.

Salary/Hours: Salary is $20 per hour. Hours will be completed during the regular business day, in the Africa House offices (NYU campus, 44 Washington Mews, New York, NY 10003). 10-20 hours per week, according to a regular, mutually agreed upon schedule. Start date is Fall 2019.

To Apply: Please submit a brief cover letter here specifically addressing how you meet the above criteria along with your resume and an academic writing sample on Handshake by August 31, 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until position is filled.