Student Employment

FALL 2023 – Updated 08/17/2023

Do you hope to gain experience working in a professional, team-oriented environment during your undergraduate career? Are you interested in working closely with faculty who are leading experts in public policy, conducting research in the areas of fiscal policy, legal analysis, political science, and other areas relating to state and local government?

If so, we strongly encourage you to apply to be a Research Assistant at the Rose Institute.

  • Come talk to us during the Campus Engagement Fair on Friday, September 1 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the Athenaeum.
  • Stop by our Open House on Monday, September 4, from 7:00-9:00 PM (the Rose Institute is located on the south wing of the 4th floor of the Kravis Center).
  • If you have any questions or would like more information, please email Rose Institute’s Student Managers Anna Short at, and Grace Hong at, or New Hire Manager Liann Bielicki at

The applications are due by 11:59 PM on Sunday, September 10th, 2023.  We look forward to reviewing your application!


Working at the Rose

Employment with the Rose Institute is a unique undergraduate experience with unparalleled research, learning, and professional opportunities in the areas of state and local government. Being a research assistant at the Rose Institute means crafting both general and specific skill sets that develop students and further the Rose Institute’s legacy. Students are provided a semester of workshops on California politics, analytic data and information research, public speaking, computer and mapping skills, and publication design. Working at the Rose Institute imparts students with a greater depth of knowledge surrounding public policy, economics, research, and more.

Students will gain valuable experience working in a professional, collaborative environment. Team-centered work shapes students’ communication, planning, and time management skills. Students will have the opportunity to work with senior staff and faculty to contribute to innovative research and unique content.

Students also gain access to a library of books and materials in the areas of politics, demographics, and public policy.


Rose Institute projects will usually be completed with a team of students. Generally, a student project manager will coordinate meetings and assignments, while at least one faculty or senior staff member will oversee the project. Project managers must clearly articulate project objectives and deadlines, and team members are obligated to adhere to project deadlines. Team members are required to communicate any delays in meeting deadlines to the project manager.

Proposals for new projects are highly encouraged. As part of the new hire program implemented at the Institute, students come up with research projects of their interest that is politics and policy related.  These projects are developed and are turned into an Institute-wide project, an op-ed, or published as an article in the Inland Empire Outlook.


There are some expectations that students should familiarize themselves with in order to ensure that they make the most of their time at the Rose Institute. These expectations will also be considered a baseline, or bare minimum requirement, in evaluations. Attendance, project and staff meeting participation, and significant involvement in Rose projects serve as the foundation expectation for students’ roles as research assistants.

Mandatory staff meetings are held monthly. Attendance at Rose Institute speaker events, panels, and Athenaeum talks is expected, barring academic conflicts. Once a semester, many students will be encouraged to present their work to the Institute’s advisory board. All students will be expected to attend board lunch and dinner events, as well as student presentations, whether or not they are presenting, barring academic conflicts.

Students are responsible for keeping track and reporting hours worked at the Institute through Workday by the end of each pay period, pursuant to CMC’s policy (see below) and approval by the department payroll supervisors.


For the academic year 2023-24, Rose Institute research assistants will be paid as follows:

  • $16.00/hour – new hires
  • $17.00/hour – returning RAs
  • $18.00/hour – student managers

The current CMC policy does not permit students to work more than 20 hours per week, cumulatively, across all jobs on campus.