Are you driven to translate research into action? We are hcma, an interdisciplinary design firm driven by the desire to create happier, healthier, more connected communities. The work we do in the Impact Team reflects this commitment. We work with clients and our internal teams to embed social impact goals and strategies into the core of our projects. We are working on a Guide to our Social Impact Framework (SIF) to translate our understanding of the positive potential of design into clear concepts and processes for project teams – and we need a graduate student with the talent and enthusiasm to help us. Is that you?









































































































































We are looking for a Social Impact Researcher to join our Social Impact team, for a 4 Months Full-Time (May-August) placement, with the possibility of an extension to 8 months.








































































































Working closely with our Social Impact Advisor to:

  • conduct multi-disciplinary social science background research
  • translate research concepts into actionable recommendations
  • write and edit components of the Social Impact Guide and/or supporting documents
  • develop tools and materials that can be used to make the guide useful in practice


  • An interest in urban studies, environmental psychology, public health, service design, or another relevant discipline.
  • An interest in social justice and equity issues
  • An understanding of qualitative and quantitative data and the pros/challenges of each
  • Excellent research and critical analysis skills
  • A desire to translate knowledge into action and use research to strengthen practice
  • The ability to write engagingly, concisely, and clearly
  • An ability to understand and be motivated by the big picture and the details
  • Great teamwork and collaboration skills, from debating ideas to sharing work with ease
  • A comfort working with complexity and live, evolving content


  • Abilities related to communications or web design or project management

If this opportunity excites you and you want to learn more, please reach out to us at

Be prepared and send us your resume, along with 2 writing samples (ideally one academic and one non-academic), and most importantly include a cover letter to let us know what you are passionate about and why hcma is right for you.