NCEA Student Volunteer Opportunity


As a national authority, the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) is a provider of up-to-date, pertinent and valuable resources, education, and information on elder abuse and neglect. The NCEA disseminates information and provides technical assistance and training by: making news and resources available, collaborating on and disseminating research, identifying information about promising practices and interventions, operating a listserv, and providing subject matter expertise.

Job Title

NCEA Student Volunteer

Role Description

The position of NCEA Student Volunteer serves as administrative and research support personnel for the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) grant.

The NCEA Student Volunteer assists with internal operations (with the possibility of conducting outside outreach activities) from Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on a flexible schedule.


The NCEA Student Volunteer works in the National Center of Elder Abuse office located at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, Department of Family Medicine and Geriatrics.

Key Responsibilities

  • After becoming familiar with available resources, at the discretion of program staff, will provide technical assistance to professionals and the lay-public.
  • Answers general inquiries about the NCEA and provides appropriate materials and resources when necessary.
  • Assists with education, practice, policy and research domain activities, meetings and deliverable achievement.
  • Augments awareness materials for a variety of audiences, including older adults and professionals from various disciplines.
  • Becomes knowledgeable on accessibility checks to ensure that materials created by the NCEA meet standards for 508 compliance.
  • Builds and enhances content on NCEA’s social media and online networking profiles (i.e. LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter) to broaden reach and boost engagement.
  • Connects with project staff, advisory board members and subcontractors to update and identify new national collations, resources and information both in urban and rural settings.
  • Contacts organizations (i.e. senior centers, doctor’s offices, public spaces) to provide general information on the NCEA and distributes awareness materials.
  • Contributes revisions the NCEA guidance manual as needed.
  • Creates a hyperlinked master resource list based on current templates and automated digests generated by the ElderAbuse listserv.
  • Enters information into departmental databases/spreadsheets.
  • Familiarization with the NCEA website to help identify outdated materials, errors and missing links of information.
  • Generates and/or proofreads research, policy and education materials and solicits feedback to finalize materials.
  • Helps prepare bulk mailings to spread knowledge about the NCEA through national coalitions, AAAs, Senior Centers and other community partners.
  • Participates in exciting outreach activities and events where resource and information are exchanged.
  • Performs literature searches for project staff and faculty.
  • Prepares written and electronic correspondence on an as needed basis.
  • Provides document translation if possible on an as needed basis.
  • Pulls training and article sources through the World Wide Web and online libraries.
  • Researches and forms connections with USC student organizations to foster relationship between the NCEA and USC students.

Length of Appointment

The NCEA Student Volunteer is assigned 10-20 hours per week for a predetermined time based on availability.

Time Commitment

2-4 days a week (M- F) during normal business hours for a range of 8-12 weeks.


  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office suite applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook), Adobe Acrobat.
  • Bilingual a plus.
  • Human service profession experience, studies medicine, public health, gerontology or a related discipline in an academic setting with a strong desire to work in the field of elder justice (specifically with the elderly and adults with disabilities). Masters level desired.
  • Intermediate knowledge of data collection software a plus.
  • Self-sufficient/self-starter, cordial, patient, problem-solving ability, dependability, interpersonal skills.
  • Social Media savvy (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn) a plus.

Dress Code

Business Casual

Background check statement

If the candidates are not currently enrolled in a graduate program at an institution, security checks may be required at the discretion of project staff (i.e. criminal history check, fingerprint check, etc.) *This added expense will not be covered by the department.

For more information and to receive an application, please email NCEA@med.usc.edu.

Thank you for your interest!

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Special Thanks to Judith D. Tamkin

We are sincerely appreciative to Judith D. Tamkin for her gift to help establish the USC Center on Elder Mistreatment’s website. Her deep and personal commitment to eradicating elder abuse is helping to reshape our understanding of elder abuse and ultimately save innumerable older adults from abuse and neglect.