Staff Positions:

The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center (PPC) is hiring for a Training and Outreach Specialist. Join a diverse interdisciplinary research team within the PPC that engages in a variety of research and consultation activities involving private and public sector partners.

Student Assistants:

Many of the PPC's projects include graduate research assistantships or undergraduate research opportunities. Graduate students and undergraduates assist with research and other project activities. Graduate students often work with the faculty and project directors to present and publish the research. Past students have gone on to serve as the executive director of the Nebraska State Bar Association, a renewable energy and commercial real estate attorney, and the director of private sector programs at a private operating foundation. We are always looking for talented and motivated students to work with our collaborative team of researchers, so contact the office if you would like to work with us.

Graphic Design Intern

The Public Policy Center is seeking a social media and design intern for a paid internship spanning the Fall 2022 semester for 10-15 hours/week with a flexible schedule. The intern will report to the Senior Design Specialist and assist with social media content development and implementation for the Center and assist with other digital media, design, and outreach projects as assigned. Email Lia Bovaird at and attach a current resume and cover letter detailing digital marketing and design experience or projects, including platforms used. Applicants should be prepared to present work or project samples if chosen for an interview. If you have questions or need an accommodation in order to apply, please call (402) 472-2111.

  • Assist with social media campaign planning, content creation, and outreach, including generating original graphics and content for posts.
  • Assist with non-digital graphic design projects, marketing initiatives, and project management as needed.
  • Assist with written and graphic content updates on the website.
  • Gather and report on social media analytics.

  • We are looking to recruit an undergraduate student to assist the PPC with our social media and design needs.
  • Students with majors in graphic design, marketing, advertising and public relations, or other relevant fields will be given strong preference.
  • Familiarity with fundamental concepts of graphic design.
  • Experience with digital content development and content management.
  • Experience using Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign.
  • Experience with copywriting for web and digital media.
  • Availability to work up to 15 hours per week at the Public Policy Center.

Policy Scholars Undergraduate Program

Each semester, the PPC welcomes undergraduate students who have a desire to increase their knowledge, skills, and awareness in policy and research. One of our goals as a Center is to spark students’ interest in policy-based work by creating a learning experience and providing a variety of professional and career opportunities in policy and research, in order to help students become more engaged and confident about their place in policy and research. Each student is paired with a mentor who will provide a space for them to learn and grow by attending weekly mentoring sessions, group sessions, and project meetings related to their areas of interest. We look forward to our next class of Policy Scholars!

Learn More About the Policy Scholars 

Currently Hiring a Training and Outreach Specialist

The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center (PPC) is seeking a Training and Outreach Specialist to assist with current and future funded projects. The Specialist will join a diverse research interdisciplinary team within the PPC that engages in a variety of research and consultation activities involving private and public sector partners.

The Training and Outreach Specialist position is open to applicants who have a Bachelor’s degree plus one (1) year of experience with detailed planning in a professional setting. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and the ability to pass a DMV background check authorizing them to operate university vehicles.

The ideal candidate will have two (2) or more years of experience with detailed planning in a professional setting; experience and/or training with adult learning principles, training methods and techniques; experience developing training materials; and experience developing training or courses for in-person, virtual, and/or asynchronous online delivery. For this position, experience in coordinating training and outreach is extremely beneficial.

To be considered for the position, visit Applicants will be required to submit a resume, cover letter, and list of references as three (3) separate documents in MS Word or PDF format. The review of applications will begin on September 9, 2022. The successful candidate will undergo a criminal history background check and DMV background check.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See