BIG Student Roles

These roles are a great way to get to know faculty better, and a large number of like-minded students. Time commitments are usually very manageable. Being organized helps.

Course Assistant

For HKS courses related to behavioral insights, see courses page above. More common in students’ second year at HKS. Positions are advertised publicly here, and applications are submitted here.

Note: past experience suggests it is a good idea to follow-up that application form submission with a direct email to the relevant faculty letting them know why you’re interested and your relevant qualifications.

Research Assistant

  • These are a great way to dive into a specific topic with a specific faculty member.
  • Many faculty will have a budget for research assistants and projects for RAs to work on. However, these sorts of opportunities are typically cyclical and may not be constantly available across two years. Best to directly contact the faculty you’re interested in and build a relationship in advance.
  • There are also research labs that need staffing – the Harvard Decision Science Laboratory and the HBS Computer Laboratory for Experimental Research.

 BISG Committee

  • Positions include: President, VP Communications, VP Careers, VP Student Engagement and VP Research & Practice.Applications open in the first couple of weeks of the fall semester. Checkout the newsletter. These positions are a great way to shape the BISG however you see fit, build relationships with faculty, administration and the behavioral insights community. Find out more here.

Applications open in the first couple of weeks of the fall semester. Checkout the newsletter. These positions are a great way to shape the BISG however you see fit, build relationships with faculty, administration and the behavioral insights community.

Many great opportunities for students will be possible but not advertised. Don’t wait for HKS Today to advertise these sorts of roles. If you’re interested in the work of a given faculty member, reach out to them to meet and discuss what opportunities might be possible.