Seeking Master's Student - Department of Community Sustainability

Employment type: Full-Time
Application Deadline: March 1, 2021

The Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University is looking to admit a master’s student to work in a recently- NSF funded interdisciplinary project aimed at understanding the perceptions of hydropower dams in the US and Brazil and how those perceptions are shaped by experience, media exposure, and other information sources.

More specifically, we are looking to fund a student to work on a content analysis of news related to hydropower dams in the US, and with a focus on the state of Michigan.

The student will begin the Master’s program in the Community Sustainability department in Fall 2021, and will be provided a graduate research assistantship that covers stipend, tuition and health insurance.

The student should have a Bachelor’s degree in social science, environmental science, or journalism.


  • Experience with content analysis is a plus, but not necessary.
  • Willingness to do fieldwork in Michigan (once Covid protocols permit it).
  • Excellent writing editing and verbal communication skills.
  • Self-driven and motivated to excel are qualities needed.

For more information, please contact Dr. Maria Claudia Lopez at