Coders for Political Communication Research Project, SJMC

Paid Internship Opportunities for Fall 2017

Coders for Political Communication Research Project

Great opportunity for a flexible, PAID internship, especially for those interested
in news and politics!

SJMC Prof. Matt Thornton seeks to hire three or four students to work as “coders” on a political communication research project during the fall semester.  Work to include reading newspaper articles about the 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign followed by coding or classifying aspects of the individual articles.   Work location and schedule is flexible. Following initial training during the first week of fall semester, coding work can be completed at student’s place of convenience (home, school, etc.).

Length of internship: Approximately 12 weeks

Start date: September 1, 2017

Wage: $9.00 per hour


  • Must be reliable
  • Ability to OBJECTIVELY analyze news coverage
  • Effective organizational and time-management skills
  • Excellent observation skills
  • Ability to commit 10-15 hours per week to project
  • Access to Microsoft Excel
  • Basic working knowledge of Excel helpful, but not required
  • Interest in news and politics helpful, but not required

Apply by Wednesday, August 16, 2017 

Interested applicants should send resume and letter of interest to

Email Prof. Thornton with any questions.