Summer Research Assistant on Housing Issues in New England

The Joint Center for Housing Studies is hiring a student Research Assistant (RA) this summer to prepare and present materials on housing issues in New England. The research will not only help Center researchers better understand the region’s housing issues, it will inform the development of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston’s next Targeted Community Lending Plan (CLP), an annual, legally-required report that informs the design and administration of the bank’s community investment programs and outreach efforts.

The student RA, who will be supervised by Center staff, will have two primary tasks. First, they will assemble, describe, and compare information on the demand for, and supply of, housing in the six states served by the Bank (Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont) and, where available, in each state’s metropolitan, micropolitan, and rural areas. Second, via reviews of public materials and interviews with officials, practitioners, and experts, they will research and describe each state’s key housing policies and plans.


The student RA will receive an $8,200 stipend (paid in three installments) and will work full time (35 hours/week) for 10 weeks, starting no later than the first week of June. The RA will be based at the Joint Center for Housing Studies and will be supervised by Center staff. They will consult regularly with Bank officials, preparing the 2021 CLP and will present their work to expert practitioners on the Bank’s Advisory Council, which advises the Bank on the administration of its special programs for housing and community development.


The fellowship is open to any Harvard graduate or undergraduate who is not graduating in spring 2020 and who can show interest in and knowledge about issues related to housing and community development. Applicants should be familiar with basic programming used in statistical software and should be able to write and present their research in clear and compelling ways.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit a cover letter explaining their interest in the position and the skills they would bring to the job. They should also submit a resumé or cv, a transcript (or list) of courses they have taken, and contact information for two references.

Applicants must submit their materials via Harvard's Centralized Application for Research and Travel (CARAT) system.

The 2020 application deadline has passed. The RA will be selected by early April.