Research Opportunities

Annenberg faculty conduct important research in several intersecting and evolving research areas, such as Health Communication; Political Communication; Media and Communication Effects; Media Institutions and Systems; and Digital Media and Social Networks. Their research influences policy makers, government agencies, and public opinion.

Participating in faculty research projects can be an enriching experience for any student, and a particularly important one for those considering the pursuit of a graduate degree. Students who assist in research projects have the unique opportunity to learn beyond the classroom, and to be part of the academic research process and resulting scholarship.

Students interested in assisting with research projects should contact professors whose work is most interesting to them, or is in line with their area of concentration, to inquire about current opportunities.

While openings are not guaranteed, there are two ongoing projects at the Annenberg School that regularly involve undergraduates research assistants:

  • The Communication Neuroscience Lab has opportunities for motivated undergraduates to learn about social influence, health message effects, and the brain. Research assistants are involved in many parts of the research process from literature review to collecting participant data and data analysis. Interested students should contact the Lab Manager.
  •, the award-winning political website at the Annenberg Public Policy Center, offers a paid, year-long fellowship to undergraduates who have an interest in politics and the ability to write clearly, think critically, and act free of partisan biases. Research fellows help monitor, research, and write about statements made by major political figures in in television ads, debates, speeches, and interviews. Interested students should contact Eugene Kiely, Director.