Wright State University’s Applied Policy Research Center (APRI) formerly known as CUPA, is an applied research center focused on urban, suburban and rural issues—including workforce and economic development, education, community development, housing, and health—earning a state and regional reputation for excellence. We are continually hiring qualified students to work in the Institute. Graduate students work directly on grants and assist principal investigators conducting research, undergraduates work as research assistants, and both graduates and undergraduates work in our telephone survey lab. Local agencies also request MPA students to work for them on special projects.
Graduate Research Assistants
All Regular Admission MPA students may apply for a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) position or Graduate Assistant (GA) position. Students work 20 hours per week during the academic terms in the Applied Policy Research Institute or on special projects through the department. GRAs are supervised by Principal Investigators and assigned to projects that will expand their ability to conduct research, develop their analytical skills, interact with professionals in the field, and gain practical experience in solving public and/or nonprofit administration problems.
2016-17 GRAs in APRI
- Jacqueline Gill, second GRA; BA Criminal Justice Studies, University of Dayton
- Ryan Rushing, first year GRA; BA Political Science, Wright State University
- Megan Sullivan, first year GRA; BA Mathematics and BS Education, University of Dayton
2016-17 Special Project GRAs
- Preston Eberlyn, second year GRA for the Greene County College Success Partnership; BA in Political Science and Theatre, University of Findlay
- Asia Fuqua, first year GRA for the Master of Public Administration Program; BA Mass Communication, Central State University
- Megan Holly, second year GRA for the Greene County Safe Schools/Healthy Students Program; BA Political Science and Psychology, Muskingum University
- Moses Kamanzi, second year GRA for the Master of Public Administration Program; BA International Studies, Wright State University
- Max McConnell, second year GRA for the Master of Public Administration Program; BA Political Science, Wright State University
- Ummey Tabassum, first year GRA for the Master of Public Administration Program; BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Asian University for Women
Any undergraduate student, regardless of degree, is invited to apply for our research assistant positions. Available jobs are posted through Career Services. Our undergraduate researchers work on a variety of projects, including programming, entering data, and inputting surveys.
APRI conducts telephone, mail, web-based, and person-to-person surveys on behalf of local and state governments, non-profit organizations, and private sector companies. Over the past decade, APRI has completed over 400 surveys for different organizations across the State and nation. We continually hire both graduate and undergraduate students of all majors who are interested in working in our telephone survey lab. Available jobs are posted through Career Services.
We currently employ up to 10 telephone interviewers who each work up to 28 hours per week. They come from a wide variety majors, but they all have one thing in common—their ability to complete deadlines.