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Become a Tester

What is Testing?

The ERC’s extensive civil rights testing expertise is integral to its investigative efforts and distinguishes the ERC from other civil rights organizations.  Civil rights testing allows the ERC to quantitatively document the existence of and rates of discrimination – exposing discrimination that is often not recognized by a single individual – and to affect real, positive, and long-lasting change.

Led by a full-time testing manager, the ERC maintains a database of more than 100 carefully trained testers who are available for academic research, problem identification and documentation, investigative work, and enforcement.

Read ERC reports based on our civil rights testing.

What Do Testers Do?

Testers can have a variety of responsibilities.  Some pose as prospective renters, home buyers, job applicants, and more.  Other testers are asked to observe and record physical features of a particular store, restaurant, apartment unit, or other public place.  Testers take on these various roles for the purpose of gathering information to ensure that individuals or companies are complying with the law and to identify unlawful discrimination.

As a tester for the ERC, you will contribute to cutting-edge research and stay abreast of current civil rights issues in the United States today.  

Read our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Do You Want to Become a Tester?

To apply, please submit an application by completing both of the following two steps:

1) Email your resume to tester@equalrightscenter.org; AND
2) Submit an online tester pre-application form.

Applicants must complete both steps one and two to be considered for this opportunity. After submission of these forms, you may be asked to complete a paid training. Unfortunately, due to the number of applications that we receive, we cannot respond to every applicant.

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