Unify America

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Research Student Contractor

  • Part-time
  • Chicago, IL
  • Remote
  • 15 USD an hour

2022-06-10 14:56:21 UTC

Unify America is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization on a mission to replace politics with problem solving. We are seeking a research intern to help the deliberation team investigate and summarize best practices, academic literature, and experimental models to improve Unify America’s deliberation design and who will help us advance our mission to find solutions to our nation’s ills, and save our democracy.

Saving democracy? Seriously?

Reasonable question. We’ll get to that. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter, has strong communication and writing skills, is a great listener, detail oriented, and passionate about bringing Americans together across divides to reduce polarization, build community, and design policy solutions for our shared goals. 

Let’s get back to the saving democracy part.

Well, we are on the way to proving that the vast majority of Americans (over 90%) share many of the same goals for the country. If that sounds crazy, then let us give you an example: we demonize each other over gun control legislation, but gun control isn’t the goal, it’s a tactic. Reducing violence is the goal, and most of us want that. We don’t realize that for most political issues we’re just arguing about tactics or even less productively, political personalities.

Our long term quest is ambitious: bringing together tens of thousands of Americans, including legislators, to identify and implement an ambitious and shared solution to one of the many national problems that has bedeviled Congress and the country for decades. 

We aspire to create mutually beneficial relationships where the opportunities that Unify America provides are mission-aligned with partners, who can promote Unify America activities, like the Unify Challenge, to its audience. Key partner segments that we’ve identified so far are colleges and universities, faith organizations, municipalities and state governments, and service organizations. 

Tell me more...What’s the role? 

You’ll be responsible for working directly with our deliberation team to research, design, and test our deliberation programming. More specifically, you’ll: 

  • Research and summarize academic and popular literature related to reducing the harm of false information in social media

  • Summarize best practices related to pedagogy design and small group facilitation

  • Network with peer organizations for partnership opportunities 

  • Assist with additional tasks as needed

Are there specific qualifications?

Yes. You have:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills 

  • Impeccable organization, detail orientation, and time management skills

  • The ability to ask great questions and listen for meaning

  • Flexibility and a good sense of humor - it’s kind of what we’re all about

  • The ability to manage multiple projects at the same time

  • A commitment to “big tent” diversity and belonging

  • The ability to welcome feedback. The way we work at Unify America requires that we all are comfortable giving and receiving direct feedback gracefully. Our motto: we must be honest and kind simultaneously

  • Interest in education design, small group facilitation, public policy, and/or social psychology research is a plus


We work remotely, and we welcome candidates from anywhere within the United States. In fact, we value having a team of people from different areas of the country.

I’m interested. How do I apply?

Great! Follow the link to upload your resume and write us a cover letter. Give us three reasons why you’d be great for the job and if you like, share your political beliefs (liberal? conservative? something else entirely?).  Most importantly, be yourself (yes really!). 


Unify America is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging at all levels of the organization in all of its forms. This includes a commitment to having a team filled with people at every point on the political spectrum.

Remote restrictions

  • Must be a resident of United States