Undergraduate Research Assistant Opportunity

Undergraduate Research Assistant—LGBTQ Latina Women’s Sexual Health Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs

Position Summary

Under the supervision of the Primary Investigator, Christie Santos-Livengood, the Research Assistant will be primarily responsible for coding qualitative data and performing support duties for the Study.

Dates February/March 2015 – September 2015

Time Commitment 8-12 hours per week, as appropriate (some weeks there will be more work, others there will be less)

Compensation This is an unpaid, academic and volunteer internship intended to support the needs of both the Principal Investigator and Research Assistant. This internship opportunity can be utilized to complete a Practicum, Internship, Field Placement or Volunteer requirement for graduation.

Location Research Assistant will work at the University of Washington Health Sciences Building or remotely as necessary


  • Review key pieces of the literature—provided by the Principal Investigator—to understand intersectionality theory; health promotion theories; sexual health disparities; and identities of Latinas, women and LGBTQ folks
  • Code data collected by Primary Investigator
  • Effectively communicate with project partners (Entre Hermanos, Principal Investigator, Faculty Team)
  • Maintain confidentiality of participant records
  • Observe interviews with participants and document themes, ideas and key quotations
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Identify personal goals and learning objectives

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the Internship, the Research Assistant will be able to:

  • Describe the state of literature
  • Code qualitative data
  • Navigate the complex system of research and academic culture at the University of Washington
  • Establish relationships with individuals in positions of influence and power
  • Work as a paid Research Assistant
  • Achieve personal project goals

Qualifications and Requirements

  • 3rd or 4th year undergraduate student
  • Excellent critical thinking skills
  • Highly developed writing skills
  • Flexibility, humility, creativity and a positive attitude
  • Professional demeanor
  • Commitment to social justice, equity and advocacy of all marginalized and/or politically disenfranchised communities and to the LGBTQ Latino community
  • Willingness to grow and learn
  • Ability to work with a range of personalities, network with appropriate contacts in the community and work diligently in a highly social, energetic and vibrant work space

For more information and/or to apply to this exciting and unique opportunity, please send your resume, cover letter and a writing sample to casl@uw.edu. Latinos and LGBTQI2-S folks strongly encouraged to apply.

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