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Undergraduate Research Assistants – Skylight Project

UCSD Handshake Number: 4704760

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Hourly Appointment: 8-10 hours per week

Appointment Duration: May, 2021 – October, 2021

Payrate: $15.05/hour

Specific Skills Required:

  • Online Research & Synthesis: Identifying topics & resources, collecting data, synthesizing & developing insights / observations
  • User Research: Support designing and managing user research on an as needed basis (note taking, interviewing, idea logging, affinity diagramming)
  • Communication Skills: Ability to communicate effectively with partners, students, and community members and volunteers; ability to translate work product into external facing materials (presentations, reports, etc.)
  • Proficiency with Keynote, Google Slides, or PowerPoint; Experience with InDesign, JavaScript, HTML and CSS a plus
  • Event (meeting & workshop) Planning and Support

Job Description:

Under general supervision of the Associate Director, Community Team Industry Strategist, and project partners at Skylight the student researcher will assist in the development, curation, and support of strategic planning for a project focused on developing Service Design competencies, training materials and curricula for a large governmental entity. This project will be a hybrid of a design research and real world application to a current design challenge being undertaken by our client partner. The project period is May – September, so we are looking for students to join our team before the end of the academic year and continue through the summer. Our primary focus will be in the tasks below.

Tasks Include:

  • Desktop research to support strategic analysis of our client’s real world design challenge
  • Support of development of presentations & reports in Keynote, Google Slides, or PowerPoint
  • Identification and inventorying of relevant training materials, modules or curricula to apply and test for our partner’s design challenge programs and ultimately the development of a Service Design toolkit
  • Development of print and online materials (Experience with InDesign, JavaScript, HTML and CSS a plus but NOT required)
  • Programming, logistical, and event support of activities related to workshops


  • Research & Analysis: Collating, citing, synthesizing and analyzing primary and/or secondary data to inform insights
  • Community Programming and Event Support: Experience collaborating with community partners and organizations to design and implement programming
  • Print and Web Design: Know (or be curious to learn) how to design and build beautiful instructional resources. Proficiency in Photoshop, InDesign, and related tools desired but NOT mandatory.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with partners, students, and community members and volunteers in order to co-manage projects

Other useful skills:

  • Community coordination and organizing
  • Operational support of programming related to strategic projects
  • Understanding of overall strategic projects to inform research & analysis
  • Ability to apply skills accumulated through education, internships and / or student groups to strategic projects


  • For equity reasons, the Design Lab is unable to respond to email queries from individual applicants.
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