Hexuan interned for the Center for Survey Research contributing to a range of projects, including serving as the lead analyst on a social mission preferences survey, and as a project coordinator on numerous surveys from food security to cancer pain management in Nepal.

David interned for the Center for Economic and Policy Studies implementing methods for making the Center's research and software tools more accessible and easier to deploy, and assisting with a project on direct carbon air capture technology.

Megan was a graduate research assistant in the Demographics Research Group contributing to several important reports, including one on childhood poverty and another on low-wage employment. She also authored several posts on the StatChat web series.


The Weldon Cooper Center provides paid and unpaid graduate research assistant positions. Students have the opportunity to work in one of our research groups: Demographics Research Group, Center for Survey Research or the Center for Economic & Policy Studies.


Wage, responsibilities, and hours are determined by the individual research group.

What to Expect

  • to work on real-world public service projects that will broaden your skills and career options
  • to become an integral member of the team and make significant contributions to the work of the Center
  • to participate in staff meetings and sometimes client meetings
  • to help write reports for the general public, blog posts or executive summaries
  • to learn best practices for research units in the public service arena
  • to research relevant topics, such as clean energy, population trends, and economic development in Virginia
  • to share your ideas and input and to contribute your unique set of skills and experiences in order to advance the work of the Center


To apply, please contact the director of the research unit for which you would like to work:

More Stories from Graduate Research Assistants

Shayne has worked as a research analyst for the Center for Survey Research since his first year at UVA assisting with all phases of a survey research project, including serving as the designated ArcGIS expert for CSR.

Laura was a research assistant for the Center for Survey Research assisting with the creation, implementation and analysis of the Survey of Undergraduate Research, the BeHeardCVA community survey and the UVA Climate survey.