Jobs and Career Resources Across the Social Sciences

Current Opportunities:

Undergraduate Students:


  • The Waino Wahtera Center for student success is hiring for 2023-2024.
  • Dr. Chelsea Schelly has several funded opportunities for student research positions
    • If you are looking for research experience and have time to dedicate to discrete projects, please contact Dr. Schelly at cschelly@mtu.edu to discuss your experience, interests, availability, and funding needs. 
  • McNair Scholars Program: Want to go to Grad School for free?
    • The MTU McNair Scholars program allows students to
      • Earn money to do summer research in your field of study plus free room and board.
      • Receive support to present research at regional and national conferences
      • Get loan-free support for graduate school.
    • Applications open soon for our first group of Scholars. Want to learn more? Please register for a McNair Scholars Program information session:
      • Wednesday, January 18, 2 p.m. in MUB Ballroom A (Zoom option available)
      • Tuesday, January 24, 2 p.m. in MUB Alumni Lounge (Zoom option available)
      • For more information please email mcnair@mtu.edu
  • Departmental Analyst Trainee 9-12 for the State of Michigan.
    • The duties of the position will include monitoring weather and climate forecasts, the expected impact in Michigan in the near and long term, and how such forecasts impact Michigan’s electric distribution grid. The duties also includes representing the Commission as a distribution planning expert at stakeholder forums and keeping sections of  the Commission's website up to date.
    • Salary: $24.59 - $39.65 Hourly
    • Location: Lansing, MI
    • Apply now or learn more
  • Ohio State University is looking for two paid summer research interns to work on a CDC-NIOSH funded project looking at childcare for farm families.
  • EnviroSociety is looking for a new blog editor.

    • EnviroSociety is the environmental blog associated with the journal Environment & Society: Advances in Research, edited by Amelia Moore and Jerry Jacka, and published by Berghahn Books
    • Learn more about the EnviroSociety Blog
    • If you are interested in serving as a blog editor, please send a short statement of interest and a brief CV to ares.journal@gmail.com by January 27, 2023
  • Michigan Legal Help - Part-Time Remote Self-Help Center Navigator - good entry level position for students interested in legal services work.
    • Michigan Legal Help (MLH) is seeking remote Self-Help Center (SHC) Navigators who will help visitors to Self-Help Centers handle their own legal problems. These resources are vital to helping address the justice gap for the 75% of civil litigants who cannot afford an attorney. The Remote SHC Navigators can be based anywhere in Michigan and will interact with SHC visitors via video-chat on Zoom or similar platform.
    • Learn more about Michigan Legal Help
    •  TO APPLY: Send resume and cover letter to jobs@lsscm.org with “Remote SHC Navigator” in the subject line.
    • Applications received before Dec 23, 2022 will receive priority.

Graduate Students:


  • Dr. Chelsea Schelly has several funded opportunities for student research positions
    • If you are looking for research experience and have time to dedicate to discrete projects, please contact Dr. Schelly at cschelly@mtu.edu to discuss your experience, interests, availability, and funding needs.
  • The Isle Royale and Keweenaw National Historic Parks Association (IRKPA) will be awarding two grants in the amounts of $2000-plus for research projects.
    • The Carl Levin research grant, focused on research towards the Keweenaw National Historic Park, offers grants for those currently seeking a degree from an accredited university.
      • Research projects to be considered should address historical, cultural, ecological, or biological issues that address the management priorities of Keweenaw National Historical Park. Research projects to be considered should also demonstrate a benefit to park stakeholders, such as National Park Service employees and visitors
      • Proposal form
      • Learn more about the Carl Levin research grant 
      • Proposals are due by Feb 1, 2023
    • The Bob Linn Student Research Grant, focused on research about the management priorities of Isle Royale National Park, offers grants for those currently seeking a degree at an accredited university.
      • Research projects to be considered should address
        historical, cultural, ecological, or biological issues that address the management priorities of Isle
        Royale National Park. Research projects to be considered should also demonstrate a benefit to
        park stakeholders, such as National Park Service employees and visitors.
      • Proposal form
      • Learn more about the Bob Linn student research grant
      • Proposals are due by Feb 1, 2023
  • The Southern Rural Development Center is seeking to fill a Community Development Extension/Research position. 
  • John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship
    • The John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship provides a unique educational experience to students who have an interest in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.
    • The program matches graduate students with host agencies in Washington, D.C., such as congressional offices, the National Marine Fisheries Service, or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
    • For one year, fellows work on a range of policy and management projects related to ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources. Fellows can be placed in the federal legislative or executive branches.
    • Learn more about the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship
    • Applications are due by Feb 16, 2023
  • NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship
    • The NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship program matches highly qualified, recently graduated master’s, professional, and doctoral degree students with state coastal zone management programs.
    • It is a two-year opportunity that offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and relocation and travel expense reimbursement.
    • The recipients work on coastal resource management issues such as climate change, coastal hazards, or land use planning for two years. Fellowship projects and host offices change each year.
    • Learn more about the NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship
    • Applications are due by Jan 27, 2023
  • National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) Fellowships
    • The NOAA National Sea Grant Office and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) work together to offer graduate fellowship opportunities in two specialized areas: marine resource economics; and population and ecosystem dynamics. 
    • Fellows work on thesis problems of public interest and relevance to NMFS under the guidance of NMFS mentors at participating NMFS Science Centers or Offices.
    • Learn more about NMFS Fellowships
    • Applications are due by Jan 25, 2023
  • Catalyst Leadership Circle Fellowship
    • This graduate student summer fellowship offers $6,000 in funding, an additional $1,500 housing/travel stipend, and professional training for emerging sustainability leaders.
    • One term of graduate school is required and students from all disciplines are welcome to apply.
    • During the program, they help local governments take tangible steps toward their sustainability goals while creating shareable deliverables that can be utilized by other jurisdictions in the future.
    • Learn more or apply for the Catalyst Leadership Circle Fellowship
    • Applications are due by Jan 25, 2023
  • The University of Maine is offering a funded assistantship for a master’s level graduate student, starting in fall 2023.
    • The successful candidates will work on a project co-designed with their advisors, embedded in a larger multi-state effort concerning the effects of COVID-19 on food and nutrition security in rural areas.
    • Interested applicants should submit a pre application. You will be asked to upload a cover letter, C.V., and unofficial transcripts.
    • Competitive applicants will have an undergraduate degree or prior work experience. Familiarity with agroecology, economics, R, and NVivo is preferred but not required. Applicants interested in being based in the School of Economics should review the program's admissions requirements.
    • Please contact Dr. Schattman (rachel.schattman@maine.edu) or Dr. Malacarne (jonathan.malacarne@maine.edu) with any questions.
    • Applications are due by Jan 31, 2023. Interviews with competitive candidates will take place in February 2023.
  • Archaeology Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
  • The Coastal & Great Lakes Social Science Lab in the Department of Forestry & Natural Resources at Purdue are recruiting a MS student to work on aquatic invasive species (AIS) issues in the Great Lakes region starting in the fall of 2023.
  • Rutgers department of Human Ecology is seeking qualified applicants for a non-tenure track Assistant Teaching Professor with expertise in social science theory and the practice of environmental, urban, and societal sustainability.
  • Ohio State University is looking for two paid summer research interns to work on a CDC-NIOSH funded project looking at childcare for farm families.
  • EnviroSociety is looking for a new blog editor.

    • EnviroSociety is the environmental blog associated with the journal Environment & Society: Advances in Research, edited by Amelia Moore and Jerry Jacka, and published by Berghahn Books
    • Learn more about the EnviroSociety Blog
    • If you are interested in serving as a blog editor, please send a short statement of interest and a brief CV to ares.journal@gmail.com by Jan 27, 2023
  • PhD Course "Sustainable Energy Transitions – Technology and Management Perspectives”