As a Research Associate, you’ll find yourself meeting people and exploring issues and topics that open up new worlds, both professionally and personally. Research Associates have the time and resources to dig deep into research, with the guidance of faculty who are thought leaders in fields ranging from entrepreneurship to finance to organizational behavior. It's a demanding, satisfying process, resulting in academically rigorous products that have the power to change business practice and thought across sectors and industries.

Many RA opportunities are ideal for Pre-Doctorial candidates as these positions represent a powerful opportunity for qualified candidates to expand their research resume before pursuing doctoral studies. Although these positions are not affiliated with the school’s doctoral program, they offer a wide variety of faculty-driven research challenges - from the collection and analysis of data to sourcing and support for academic publications -plus a generous Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) benefit toward pre-requisite courses.

Whatever your situation, you’ll enjoy the advantage of intellectually challenging work that can be balanced with other interests and responsibilities. The bottom line? There is no typical RA, because no two RA positions are identical.

As the mother of three young children, this has been the perfect job in terms of balancing flexibility with intellectually challenging work. I liken it to being a student, because the work is very similar to taking a class. My faculty member sets the parameters, but beyond that, it’s up to me to do the research, writing, and organization, which is a lot of fun. My original intention was to use this as a way to keep my skills sharpened and stay in the game before going back to another corporate position, but now I'm thinking that something in the field of research and writing might be a better long-term fit.”
Sarah Abbott
BA, Trinity College, Political Science,
MSc., Oxford University,
MBA, Columbia Business School, Finance
I had taken some quantitative courses in college, but this job really offered the opportunity to learn to use data much more proficiently. My writing and people skills improved, too—this was not the sort of position where I sat in a back office and crunched data all the time. I met with policymakers in Washington and CEO-level executives, as well as with leaders from nonprofit organizations. Being an RA showed me where I wanted to go; it was ideal preparation for graduate school.”
Daniel Schneider
BA, Politics and Public Policy, Brown University