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Student Program Assistant Opportunity in Child Development Field

Student Program Assistant Opportunity in Child Development Field

Monday, September 25, 2017

Duke Alumna Erin McInerney and her elementary student choose library books.Affiliated with Bass Connections, Duke is launching a new program called “Universal Good Start” to support interdisciplinary research that explores child development and well-being issues through multiple dimensions including biological, psychosocial, educational, community, environmental, legal, and familial. 

We are looking for a student program assistant to help launch this initiative, working with the faculty leader, Leigh Ann Simmons (Associate Professor, Duke School of Nursing). Responsibilities include: 

  • Identifying faculty at Duke with relevant expertise and writing a brief report summarizing ongoing research within the institution 
  • Organizing a meeting with the faculty advisory board 
  • Developing text and materials for a website 
  • Developing other informational materials explaining the program 
  • Promoting a call for faculty-initiated proposals for seed grants 
  • Collecting and organizing proposals received for review by a faculty committee 
  • Additional administrative and support tasks as necessary to support the work of the initiative 


Graduate student preferred. Strong upper-class students will also be considered. Applicants should have a background, and demonstrated interest, in a field related to child development. Strong organizational, writing, and oral communication skills required. 

Time Commitment 

The ideal applicant will be able to commit an average of 10 hours a week. 


Hourly compensation, on the basis of experience. 

To Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter to Laura Howes, Director of Bass Connections at by September 29.


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