The University of Iowa

Summer Research Associate Position Description

Now in its fourth year, the Summer Research Associate Program at the Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center (LAWINRC) attracts top undergraduate and graduate students from across the University of Iowa. Founded in 2000 by UI College of Law Professor and UI President Emeritus Willard "Sandy" Boyd, the LAWINRC has established a record of educating students across the university, training nonprofit professionals statewide, providing critical information on nonprofit issues, and developing publications and guidelines for Iowa’s nonprofit sector.

Approximately 4 to 8 associates will support the work of the LAWINRC and gain valuable knowledge, skills, and experience in summer 2023.

The work includes assisting with the following:

  • Updating editions of several LAWINRC publications;
  • Developing and delivering workshops;
  • Developing and delivering strategic planning, succession planning, and similar project materials to partner organizations;
  • Developing and curating online resources for nonprofit leaders and professionals who serve the sector; and
  • Responding to inquiries from the public.

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced skills in one or more of the following: research, writing, analytics, storytelling, editing, foreign languages, marketing. 
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) and be positive and respectful in working with a diverse population.
  • Enrolled as a student in the preceding spring semester (must be a current Senior/May 2023 graduate, Junior (rising Senior), or Sophomore (rising Junior).

Desired Qualifications

  • Coursework and/or experience in nonprofit organizations in the areas of advocacy, collaboration, fundraising, governance, and strategy.

Ideally, a person in this position would be available to work at least 20 hours per week over the 12-week program. The LAWINRC is moving into new offices in spring 2023 with additional office and conference space for summer researchers to work and collaborate! 

 Past SRAs have gone on to top graduate programs, as well as exciting careers in government, nonprofit organizations, law, and beyond! You can read about one of our prior SRAs in the profile Don’t Wait to Discover Something You May Love.  

 Please include in your application the average hours you expect to work between a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 40. Note: Generally, no SRA will be permitted to work more than 40 hours in any individual week.


$18.00 per hour


Apply via Handshake or Symplicity. Review of applications will begin on February 14, 2023, and continue until the positions are filled.