Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program

The IRLE apprenticeship program is designed to involve Berkeley undergraduates more deeply in the research life of the University, with a focus on projects exploring the dynamics of working life and labor markets. The Program provides opportunities for you to work with faculty on the cutting-edge research projects for which Berkeley is world-renowned. As an apprentice, students will work on faculty research and learn advanced research skills, explore fields that interest them, and find out what it is like to be an academic at the world’s premier research institution.

Faculty and undergraduates from all of the schools and colleges at the University of California at Berkeley are welcome to participate. This program is modeled on the university program, and follows similar guidelines.

Information for Faculty

IRLE invites affiliated faculty to submit projects for which they want an undergraduate apprentice.

The deadline for submitting faculty projects was October 23. See here for a list of research projects.
Student applications are due November 17.

Projects will begin in December and continue until the end of Spring 2018 or when the project is completed, whichever is earlier. Faculty will receive a stipend of $300 for each apprentice.

Faculty may submit more than one project.

Student applications

Eligibility: registered undergraduate students with a GPA of at least 2.8

Students can apply here until Friday, November 17: https://goo.gl/forms/50EdAAHC5prAiMkg1

What IRLE Offers

1. Review student applications and forward the top 3 candidates for each project.

2. Present four workshops for apprentices to discuss experiences, address concerns, and find community in IRLE. Workshops will include: (1) finding data and organizing data, (2) presenting findings, (3) conducting a literature search and creating an annotated bibliography; and (4) reviewing the history of labor and employment / IRLE. IRLE can offer additional support for specific software, methods, and data sources required for specific projects.

3. Support for participating faculty and students in managing the apprenticeship relationship.

4. Space and computer access at IRLE for apprentices to do work for faculty and to network with staff researchers.

5. IRLE will organize and host a research showcase in May for students and faculty to discuss their projects.

Questions? Contact IRLE’s Associate Director Sara Hinkley, hinkley@berkeley.edu