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BIMI Collegium Fellowship

The Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative (BIMI) is looking for 4-6 undergraduate students with an interest in migration research and strong organizational and teaching skills to work as Collegium Fellows over the 2019-20 academic year. 

In Fall 2019, Fellows will work on the BIMI Mapping Spatial Inequality Project. Students will receive training to generate and communicate descriptive statistical data and to conduct phone interviews to improve an organizational database for the Mapping Spatial Inequality project (more information below). Students will also work to help re-design the syllabus for Professor Irene Bloemraad’s upper-division Sociology 146AC class, “Contemporary Immigration in Global Perspective.” Students will do about 2 hours of work per week for a 10-week period from October to December.

In Winter 2020, Collegium Fellows will be undergraduate teaching support specialists,  helping Professor Bloemraad and a GSI teach students in SOC 146AC the skills necessary for class assignments. This will include assisting in generating a statistical profile of an immigrant group, doing an oral history with an immigrant and doing field research for an analysis of immigrant services in local Bay area communities. The course enrolls ~50 students. Collegium Fellows must be available to attend one section a week for the entire winter semester. Fellows will also help to organize a symposium showcasing students’ work.

Collegium Fellows will receive a total stipend of $900: $300 in Fall 2019 and $600 in Spring 2020.


  • Attend meetings with Professor Irene Bloemraad and the Mapping Spatial Inequality project team
  • Collect information on immigrant serving organizations, including services offered, available language support, any restrictions in service, target populations, opening hours, etc. and geocoding the location of these immigrant serving organizations
  • Conducting interviews with service providers working at community-based organizations
  • Develop training materials and supporting documentation to train other undergraduate students
  • Train, mentor and oversee undergraduate students in spring 2020 to conduct field research
  • Manage and clean datasets, conduct basic data analysis and develop data visualizations
  • Provide organizational and administrative support to the Mapping Spatial Inequality Project

Recommended skills

  • A strong interest in migration studies
  • Great organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience with tutoring, mentoring and/or teaching 
  • Experience with collecting, cleaning and coding qualitative and/or quantitative data is a plus
  • Fluency in or knowledge of Spanish, Chinese, Korean, or other languages a plus but not necessary


Please apply by uploading a short motivation letter (max. 1 page) and a resume using the online application portal before Friday, 20 September at midnight. Applicants are asked to specify their interest in migration related topics, relevant experience and possession of listed skills in their motivation letter. Find more information in the complete job description.

If you have any questions about this specific position, please reach out to Jasmijn Slootjes, the Executive Director of the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative (

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