Undergraduate Research Assistants

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The Institute of European Studies welcomes applications for its Undergraduate Research Assistant Program. IES admits only a limited number of qualified candidates on a competitive basis. Students who wish to be considered should apply through the URAP program.

The tasks of a European Studies Research Assistant are multiple and provide experience in the management of an international research institute. The following tasks are required: 

  • Compiling data on IES events throughout the year
  • Working in the IES archives to assemble data for research
  • Researching IES core faculty scholarly activities
  • Researching student groups and current courses for targeted invitations to specific events
  • Acting as a student ambassador for IES events 
  • Managing the IES Facebook account 
  • Updating the IES Twitter account and blog during IES events 
  • Videotaping IES lectures and interviewing guest-speakers
  • Assembling and managing the IES newsletter
  • Organizing a bi-annual undergraduate event in European Studies

A strong interest in European Studies and knowledge of at least one European language other than English is required. Good writing skills and social skills are other important criteria in the selection of candidates.

Fall 2016 URAP Students

Jacqueline Boland

Jacqueline Boland

Jacqueline Boland is a third year majoring in English, minoring in Creative Writing and constantly seeking out Cal's new and exciting opportunities. She is fluent in Italian and hoping to become trilingual before the age of 25. After studying abroad in Florence this summer, Jacqueline is looking forward to pursuing international relations and furthering her connection with Europe's rich culture and history.

Lauren Dooley

Lauren Dooley

Lauren Dooley is a Comparative Literature and Spanish double major and speaks English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and some Catalan. She has spent periods of time studying in Spain, Germany, and Ireland and credits her ever-growing interest in European culture and affairs to these experiences.

Renee Jin

Renee Jin

Renee is a fourth year statistics major. She participated in the Benelux Program in 2015 and studied abroad at Cambridge University, UK in the summer of 2016. She is fluent in English and Chinese and conversational in Spanish and Korean. A strong interest in European cultural and history led her to join IES in 2015.

Sarah Nordahl

Sarah Nordahl:

Sarah Nordahl is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in both Environmental Science and Political Economy. She speaks English, Swedish and French. Because of European family, she has spent a lot of time traveling in Europe and has developed a strong interest in European culture. Sarah will be spending the spring semester studying abroad in Paris.

Jasmine Schatz

Jasmine Schatz

Jasmine Schatz is a fourth year Italian Studies major who spent her final year of high school in Sicily with Rotary International and a semester of college in Milan working at Expo Milano 2015. She is fluent in English and Italian, and conversational in French and Spanish. Her interest in Europe is mostly tied to her experiences in Italy as well as travels to other European countries, and she works with the Program for the Study of Italy at UCB under IES.

Jasmine Schatz

Ziang Zhou

Ziang Zhou is an Economics, Political Science and French triple major at Berkeley and speaks fluent English, Mandarin, French and some German. Growing up in Switzerland, Ziang has a strong tie to Europe and developed an avid passion for European politics and policies both on a regional and international level. During 2016 Spring semester, he participated in an exchange programme at Sciences Po Paris, where he focused on European politics and EU Competition law. Outside school, Ziang particularly enjoys travelling around the world and cooking, among many other things.

Madeline Zimring

Madeline Zimring:

Madeline Zimring is a fourth-year Comparative Literature major studying English, French, and German. She spent the spring semester studying French literature at the Sorbonne in Paris, and hopes to continue her studies in Europe after graduating from Berkeley. Madeline is a co-founder of the "Europe 101: Why Europe Still Matters Decal," and a founding officer of the EU Student Ambassadors at Berkeley organization.

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