Believe in social justice?
Get paid to:
- Research real-world problems like injustices to women and children, wrongful convictions, and abuses of corporate
influence and government power.
- Help break news and affect public policy.
- Gain valuable job experience and career connections.
Watch Brandeis"s video about the Schuster Institute. Student research assistants play a crucial role.
See pictures of our student research assistants between 2008-2012>
|Student research assistants
Shaked Hoter, Jeremy Konar,
and Debby Frisch
There are two distinct journalism areas at Brandeis: an academic program and a research institute.
The Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism is a freestanding research center, where established journalists pursue major investigative reporting projects designed to appear in major media outlets.
The Schuster Institute works closely with the Journalism Program within the American Studies Department. Although the Institute does not teach classes, we do hire students as research assistants, where under our supervision they conduct some of the day-to-day research required for in-depth investigative articles. Students get hands-on experience in a small newsroom atmosphere in one of three ways. They can earn internship credit towards a journalism minor; they may receive pay through the Student-Scholar Partnership Program, funded by the Women’s Studies Research Center; or they may be hired directly by the Institute.
One of the Schuster Institute's goals is to help revitalize the practice of investigative journalism, so critical to a thriving democracy. In the process of reaching this goal, the Institute helps students learn about reporting methods, hone their critical thinking skills, learn to examine the gap between the official story and the facts, and understand how investigative reporting can make a direct and lasting impact on society.
Students have said their experience working at the Schuster Institute has guided their career choices, given them opportunities to study social issues, further developed research and writing skills, and much more.
2011-2012: Florence Graves, founding director, introduces new student research assistants to the work at the Schuster Institute and the practice and art of investigative journalism.
student research assistants
Fall 2013-Spring 2014
|Madeline Rosenberg||Aliza Heeren|
|Michael Abrams||Aliya Bean|
|Julia Cohen||Brandon Gale|
|Andrea Verdeja||Jaye Han|
|Tate Herbert||Sarah Pizzano|
|Alyson Eller||Eliza Kopelman|
|Flora Wang||Bradley Burns|
|Karrah Beck||Damiana Andonova|
|Shafaq Hasan||Joshua Kestin|
|Megan Kerrigan||Lys Joseph|
|Andrew Wingens||Sidra Ahmed|
|Michael Haskell||Rachel Gordon|
|Aya Abdelaziz||David Altman|
|Joanna Nix||Adelina Simpson|