Employment Opportunities for Students

Overview

The College of Business Administration Behavioral Business Research Lab (CBA BBRL) nurtures students’ professional growth through employment opportunities. The experience is intended to give students a real-world experience in customer analytics, preparing them for the positions in market research or to the graduate programs that require students’ demonstrated ability to do research. There are three levels of jobs for student workers: (1) Research Assistant, (2) Research Associate, and (3) Research Lead. The positions are open to all majors across the campus.

Research Assistantship is normally provided to graduate students in many academic institutions. We bring this opportunity to highly selective undergraduate students. The lab maintains about 10 positions throughout the year. Becoming RA is competitive and highly selective. RA's will work with the director of CBA Behavioral Business Research Lab for at least one year and will be given the opportunity to apply for the paid positions. All positions are renewable upon successful completion of each semester. Most RA's present or publish the research in which they are involved as coauthors, which are indispensable preparations for graduate programs and for off-campus market research jobs.

Benefit

RA experience will put you in a completely a different category of graduates with a bachelor's degree whether you want to get a job or move up to graduate schools. 

  • Once selected, RA’s will be allowed to enroll in IBM4000 (Independent Study) or IBM 4992H (Honors Project) and use the experience to fulfill the course requirement.
  • RA's will learn a number of research skills including SPSS, SmartPLS, R, and Qualtrics.
  • RA's will be involved in one or more of faculty research, present research findings to academic and professional conferences. In particular, RA's will get opportunities to present research findings together with the faculty as a coauthor in faculty conferences. 
  • RA's may be further invited to be coauthors of the faculty member they work with for peer-reviewed journal papers, which will be the ultimate honor and life-long achievement as the article bearing their names will be read around the world and other researchers will cite the article. See past RA's achievement.
  • Exceptional undergraduate students are qualified to apply directly to Ph.D. programs. A track record of research will serve as a testimony for the students' ability to perform well in the program. Thus, research experience is a must for those who apply to prestigious masters and doctoral programs. 
  • All RA’s are considered a lifetime member of the lab and will be given the support they need for their future endeavors. 
  • In addition, exceptional RA's will be offered the paid job position (see Job levels and descriptions) with greater responsibilities.

Who should consider this position?

While having experience in this position would benefit any students, those who are planning to apply to graduate schools (master's and Ph.D.'s) and those who want to work as a market researcher/analyst in any private companies, government, or not-for-profit organizations will benefit the most. 

Work hours and Duration

Under normal circumstances, the lab will open 9:30 am to 5:00 pm on Fridays. For summer quarter, the hours may be different.

Application

The application will be accepted before the start of fall, spring, and summer terms. you may send (1) a cover letter detailing your interest and importance of this position for your career, along with (2) a most recent resume with two current references, and (3) transcript (unofficial one is fine) to Dr. Jae Min Jung at jmjung@cpp.edu. Review of application will start immediately and decisions will be made prior to the next term's registration deadline to help you with scheduling classes for the following term.

 

Job Levels and Descriptions

 (1) Research Assistant (RA)

 Qualifications: 

  • Required:
    • Must have taken STA1200 or equivalent.
    • Good communication skills and ability to work in a team environment.
    • Excellent writing skills.
    • Ability to pay strong attention to details.
    • Interest in psychology and consumer behavior
    • At least one year away from graduation;
  • Preferred:
    • Sophomore and junior standing.
    • Prior experience in sales, product development, innovation, communication and promotion, retail, B2B, (social media) marketing, software development, user experience in survey panel or engineering will be considered favorably.
    • PPT, Word, Excel, Google Drive (e.g., Google Doc/Google Sheet), WordPress, and Photoshop. 

Job description: 

  • Once hired, students are expected to obtain a CITI certificate and will be involved in various research activities such as doing exploratory research, coding and entering data, designing survey instruments, analyzing data, employing multivariate analytical approach, and proofreading manuscripts and surveys. Some of the specific tasks include the following. Assist student and faculty researchers in setting up research studies using Qualtrics, and/or Sona-Systems and/or Medialab as required; assist and monitor research participants, generate student participation lists for researchers. Answer student inquiries, help with registering and verifying participation claims, award participation credits. Assist the lab Director with other administrative tasks, such as producing BBRL usage report, updating website, prepare and run workshops. 

Pay:

  • No monetary compensation will be available for this position. However, this experience is necessary for the advanced paid positions, and RAs may be involved in high impact educational activities such as conference presentations, conference proceedings publications, and peer-reviewed journal publications. See student success at the lab to learn about the success stories of the previous students. 

Number of positions: Up to 10 students

Application package:

  • Applicants should contact the director with (1) cover letter, (2) resume with two current references, and (3) transcript.
  • Minimum GPA: 2.7 (Students with 3.0+ are preferred)

Acceptance of Application:

  • Fall, Spring, and Summer
  • Successful applicants are expected to enroll in a section of IBM4000 (3 credit unit)

(2) Research Associate

  • Qualifications:
    • Required:
      • One semester experience as a Research Assistant.at the CBA BBRL
      • Should be at least one year away from graduation
      • Good communication skills and ability to work in a team environment.
      • Excellent writing skills
      • Ability to pay strong attention to details.
    • Preferred:
      • Junior standing
      • A candidate who successfully completed IBM3012 is preferred.
      • Successful completion of other statistics or research methods classes (e.g., TOM3020, etc.) or other classes that provide domain knowledge in human behaviors and motivations (e.g., psychology, consumer behavior, etc.).

 Job description:

  • Report to the Research Manager or the director if a research manager position is vacant.
  • Assist Research Manager and Director in training research assistants to develop necessary skills and knowledge.
  • In addition, a Research Associate is expected to be involved in various research activities such as doing exploratory research, coding and entering data, designing survey instruments, analyzing data, employing multivariate analytical approach, and proofreading manuscripts and surveys. Some of the specific tasks include the following. Assist student and faculty researchers in setting up research studies using Qualtrics, and/or Sona-Systems and/or Medialab as required; assist and monitor research participants, generate student participation lists for researchers. Answer student inquiries, help with registering and verifying participation claims, award participation credits. Assist the lab Director with other administrative tasks, such as producing BBRL usage report, updating website, prepare and run workshops.

 Pay: Starting pay for this position is $14.50 / hour.

 Number of positions: one

 Application package:

  • Applicants should contact the director with (1) cover letter, (2) resume, and (3) transcript.
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0

Acceptance of Application:

  • Fall and Spring or as needed

(3) Research Lead 

Qualifications:

  • Required:
    • One semester experience as a research associate at the CBA BBRL with knowledge and ability to conduct essential tasks with little/no supervision.
    • Good people skills and super ability to pay attention to details are required.
    • Demonstrated excellent writing and communication skills.
    • Must have taken IBM3012 and TOM3020 (or equivalent).
  • Preferred:
    • Senior or late junior standing (at least one year prior to graduation)
    • Successful completion of other statistics or research methods classes (e.g., IBM3302, etc.) or other classes that provide domain knowledge in human behaviors and motivations (e.g., psychology, consumer behavior, etc.). 

Job description:

  • Report to the director.
  • Is responsible for the works given by the director
  • Train and supervise research associates and/or research assistants, working closely with the director.
  • Ensure that the work is done on time with the highest
  • Develop strategic/value-added insights and recommendations.
  • Interacts with faculty and other student co-workers.
  • Engage in various tasks and lead assigned projects to completion.
  • In addition, a Research Lead is expected to be involved in various research activities such as doing exploratory research, coding and entering data, designing survey instruments, analyzing data, employing multivariate analytical approach, and proofreading manuscripts and surveys. Some of the specific tasks include the following. Assist student and faculty researchers in setting up research studies using Qualtrics, and/or Sona-Systems and/or Medialab as required; assist and monitor research participants, generate student participation lists for researchers. Answer student inquiries, help with registering and verifying participation claims, award participation credits. Assist the lab Director with other administrative tasks, such as producing BBRL usage report, updating the website, prepare and run workshops. 

Pay: Starting pay for this position is $15.75 / hour. 

Number of positions: one 

Application package:

  • Applicants should contact the director with (1) cover letter, (2) resume, and (3) transcript.
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0

Acceptance of Application:

  • Fall or as needed.