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The Florida Legislature
Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA)

Job Title

Graduate Research Assistant - Summer

General Summary

The Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA) is a research unit of the Florida Legislature that conducts studies of Florida agencies and programs to assist the legislature in its policy and budget deliberations.  Our summer graduate research assistant position provides a compensated hands-on learning experience for 40 hours per week. 

Essential Duties/Responsibilities

  • working in a team environment with professional legislative analysts to complete research projects;
  • collecting, analyzing and interpreting data (mostly secondary data obtained from state agencies);
  • conducting interviews with state agency staff, stakeholders, and other information resources; and
  • conducting surveys or focus groups, or using other qualitative research methods.

Preferred Qualifications

  • graduate degree course work in qualitative or quantitative analysis and research fields, such as public administration, public policy, business administration, economics, demography, statistics, finance, education, social work, planning, management, accounting, and the social sciences; 
  • understanding of principles of governmental organization, budgeting, and accountability;
  • understanding of research methods, descriptive and inferential statistics, and financial analysis;
  • experience using Microsoft EXCEL and SPSS or similar statistical packages;
  • experience as an effective contributor to a work team; and
  • interest in pursuing a career in government policy analysis and program evaluation.

Salary

$13.00 per hour

Employment Description

The summer graduate research assistant position is a full-time position for at least 10, and up to 13 weeks. The program provides an opportunity to work in a state legislative office with a highly qualified, multidisciplinary staff that includes public administrators, social scientists, MBA graduates, attorneys, and others. Travel expenses incurred by the intern in the conduct of an approved OPPAGA project will be reimbursed as allowed by s. 112.061, Florida Statutes. The program provides an opportunity to work in a state legislative office with a highly qualified, multidisciplinary staff that includes public administrators, social scientists, MBA graduates, attorneys, and others. Travel expenses incurred by the intern in the conduct of an approved OPPAGA project will be reimbursed as allowed by s. 112.061, Florida Statutes.

Application Deadline

February 15, 2021 or until filled.

Submission of Application

To apply, submit the following:
  • legislative application (www.leg.state.fl.us/Publications/general/Joint/administrative/application.pdf);
  • a cover letter of application that details your status in graduate school, when you expect to graduate and a brief description of the topic and research methods used for at least two team or individual  graduate-level research projects you have worked on; and
  • transcript(s) of all graduate and undergraduate credits (unofficial copies are acceptable for review).
Application materials can be submitted to apply@oppaga.fl.gov or mailed to the address below. For questions, contact Mark Baird at (850) 717-0527.

Applications are available through the Florida Legislature's web site Online Sunshine and in Room 701 of the Claude Pepper Building.

Accommodation for Disability

If an accommodation is needed for a disability, please notify Human Resources at (850) 488-6803.