Research Assistants

The Center offers a variety of paid Research Assistantships for undergraduate and graduate students each year. Research Assistant (RAs) positions range from six to 20 hours a week during the fall and spring semesters. RAs may also be offered during winter and summer breaks. 

Center RAs can:

  • Explore topics of interest
  • Develop high-level communication skills in writing and speaking
  • Learn practical research skills
  • Work with mentors from a multi-disciplinary team
  • Network with state leaders



RA Job Duties

Tasks for RAs depend on the Center’s current projects and may vary from semester to semester. See the previous RA Cohorts and Projects page for recent examples of projects. 

Recent RA tasks have included:

  • Conducting literature searches and reviews
  • Supporting secondary data collection
  • Helping to develop methodology for research projects
  • Developing professional presentations
  • Creating a video library and a podcast series
  • Supporting e-learning and online module development
  • Creating data visualization and data storytelling
  • Generating innovative project ideas to solve service gaps in Montana 

Applying for an RA Position

RA positions are open to undergraduate and graduate students. The nature of the Center’s projects and dynamic work environment requires RAs to be:

  • Self-motivated
  • Highly organized
  • Independent thinkers and problem solvers
  • Professional in conduct
  • Adaptable
  • Willing to learn new skills
  • Tolerant of ambiguity

Successful RA applicants also have excellent verbal and written communication skills and are familiar with basic computer programs and applications.

RA applications can be submitted at any time. Hiring depends on work flows and funding sources. The Center traditionally onboards new students at the beginning of the fall, spring, and summer semesters. We occasionally post positions on Navigate or send direct correspondence through our partner departments. 

For RA information, current positions, and application materials, please email  The application will include a writing sample and a resume that includes at least one reference from a current faculty member.

Internships & Independent Study

Unpaid internships and independent study projects are also offered at the Center. Most are facilitated through the UM School of Social Work and function as required practicum experience. We also host internships from other departments and disciplines. Interns and independent study students get the same type of experiences as RAs. 

Center internships and independent study must be set up through your own academic department, so you will need to speak to your advisor or department administrator. If you are interested in an internship or independent study with us, please email