Winthrop University: Winthrop Poll - Employment Opportunities
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Winthrop Poll
10 Dinkins Hall
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA

Employment Opportunities

The Center for Public Opinion & Policy Research (CPOPR) is always taking applications from motivated folks who are interested in becoming telephone survey interviewers for one of our frequent Winthrop Polls or other surveys, and hires on an as-needed basis. Click on the sections below for more information.


    Our interviewers are at the heart of what we do at the CPOPR. Interviewers collect data for research projects by administering surveys to respondents over the phone. Interviewers work in a calling center at a computer station for approximately 4 hours at a time alongside several other interviewers. We expect interviewers to demonstrate professionalism and courtesy over the phone with potential respondents, and dedicate themselves to gaining survey cooperation, even from reluctant respondents.

    The CPOPR is looking for motivated and reliable individuals with the ability to learn, adhere to proper survey methodology, and speak with all types of people over the phone.

    The CPOPR offers flexible part-time hours, casual dress, and a friendly work environment. Interviewers also have the opportunity to speak with people across South Carolina, and occassionally across the entire South.

    As a CPOPR interviewer, you support academic research at Winthrop University and contribute to policy research for the state of South Carolina. Every call you make as an interviewer contributes to the discussion and decision-making on important issues.

    Interviewers are required to work a minimum of 12 hours per week and have the ability to create their own schedule. The CPOPR is currently looking for applicants who can work primarily over the weekends.

    CPOPR calling hours:

    Monday-Friday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Saturday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Sunday: 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    The CPOPR will hire new interviewers on an as-needed basis.

    Definitely! Conducting scientific public opinion research demands that interviewers adhere to proper survey research methodology. All new interviewers will receive general interviewer training. Successful completion of training is a prerequisite to continued employment. In addition, interviewers may be asked to attend project-specific training and/or refresher training sessions throughout their time with the CPOPR. All training is paid.

    For more information about interviewer training, see Interviewer Training.

    All applicants must be 18 years of age or older, able to read at an 8th-grade level, have a clear telephone voice, and have significant computer experience. No prior interviewing experience is necessary. Potential employees should be able to dedicate at least 12 hours a week to work to be considered for the position.

    CPOPR interviewers are people of all ages and backgrounds interested in part-time work and participating in important research projects. Ideal candidates include:

    • College students
    • People with customer service experience
    • Folks looking for a second job with flexible, evening, and weekend houts to complement existing work schedules
    • Retirees
    • Those interested in contributing to important research

    *The CPOPR is currently looking for applicants who can primarily work evenings and weekends.*


    Winthrop students: click here to apply through Winthrop University's student applicant portal.

    Non-Winthrop students: click here to apply.

    If you have any questions, please contact Leah McMillan at

    Employment is contingent on a state background check. If your application is received through the wrong system, it will not be processed. New interviewers are hired on an as-needed basis, and always begin work on the 1st or 16th of the month.





Last Updated: 8/10/21