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Project INSPIRE Internship


Project INSPIRE Internship

Deadline: 
April 4, 2017
Type: 
Internships
Semester: 
Summer
Semester Year: 
2017

Description

INSPIRE Computational Modeling of Grievances and Political Instability through Global Media

Researchers and practitioners seeking to understand, resolve, and mitigate the consequences of conflict or political violence increasingly are drawing on tools from computational social science, or applied data science. START’s NSF-funded project on Computational Modeling of Grievances and Political Instability Through Global Media has ongoing research involving social media analytics for predicting when and where instability will occur, with a focus on election-related events and violence in Sub-Saharan Africa. Social media analytics provide a new source of data and novel techniques for understanding the causes and consequences of violence in areas where access is not feasible.

Supervisor name: Erin C. McGrath, Ph.D. (ecmcgrat@umd.edu)

Deadline: Tuesday, April 4, 2017; 11:59pm

Citizenship Requirement: US citizenship is not required.

Team Meeting Times: TBD

Work Location: START HQ located at 8400 Baltimore Ave., College Park, MD 20740. All internship hours must be completed at START HQ, unless otherwise specified. Working remotely is not permitted.

Duties of the interns will include:

The primary tasks for internships in social media analytics for computational social science will be to participate in primary research including:

  • Event research to inform data capture, for example, identifying seeds, keywords, or tokens for gathering social media data;
  • Qualitative annotation of social media for validation of semi-supervised machine learning models;
  • Developing short and longer manuscripts for publication in various outlets;
  • Project promotion and research dissemination.

Qualifications:

  • A record of academic achievement including excellent writing skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently
  • ­Applicants must have a minimum of 48 university credits
  • Ability to work at START headquarters at University of Maryland
  • Interest in social media and social media analytics

Other Suggested Skills:

  • Familiarity in one of the following fields: communication, computation/ data science, political science or international affairs, or natural language processing;
  • A strong interest in research or application of computational skills;
  • Other computer/ technical skills: programming in R or Python, Geographic Information Systems

START computational social science interns will gain valuable experience in applied computation to social science research in conflict/ political instability. These tasks can be applied to a variety of careers in fields such as: public and international affairs, higher education and more broadly in the growing field of data science or computational social science.

*Graduate students and upper-level undergraduates are encouraged to apply.


General information for all START Spring 2017 Internships

Schedule Requirements:

  • Orientation Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017 and Friday, June 2, 2017. All interns are required to attend orientation.
  • Internship Duration: Monday, June 5, 2017 to Friday, August 11, 2017. All interns must be able to commit to the duration of the whole program.
  • Work Hours: All interns must work at least 20 hours per week during the Summer 2017 program. Work hours are scheduled from Monday to Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. Interns may not work longer than 8 hour shifts.

Other Information:

  • All internships are UNPAID and START is unable to provide travel stipends or housing arrangements.
  • We strongly encourage and recommend that interns seek academic credit for their internship through their home institution or department, if possible.
  • If undertaking the internship for credit, you must indicate this in your application form. Be sure to notify your internship supervisor if you need to work more than 10 hours per work for this reason.
  • Applicants interested in applying for an internship for any semester other than or in addition to Summer 2017, must submit a separate application for each semester with the correct application form for that semester.

How to Apply for START Internships:

START is currently accepting applications for Summer 2017. The application form will be open until Monday, April 3, 2017 11:59pm. Late, incomplete, or applications not submitted correctly will not be considered.To access the application: click here.

Application Materials:

All internship applicants must submit all materials in one .pdf or .doc file using the file name format:

LastName, FirstName_InternCandidate.pdf or .doc.

 The internship application packet should include:

  • Official or unofficial transcript(s)
  • One page resume
  • One page cover letter
  • Two-page writing sample (Communications applicants must submit two writing samples.)

 Notes:

  • Applicants must pay close attention to the requirements of each internship they are applying for, including attendance to team meetings and minimum time commitment. Inability to attend compulsory meetings or work the minimum required hours will result in the revocation of any offer made.
  • Address your cover letter to the internship supervisor of your first choice.
  • Failure to complete the application form in full, including the selection of 1-3 internship preferences could result in your application being rejected without further consideration.
  • Failure to submit the proper materials according to the directions provided in the project description could result in your application being rejected without further consideration.
  • Due to the high volume of applicants, only top candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
  • Applicants may be asked to attend more than one interview.
  • Any successful candidate will be asked to respond with a firm acceptance within 24 hours of the offer being made. Failure to respond could result in the vacancy passed to another candidate.
  • Any questions regarding the specific requirements for the internship vacancy should be directed to the supervisor(s) listed for the project.
  • Any questions regarding the application process should be directed to the START Education Team at internships-start@umd.edu.

Note for International Students:

START welcomes applications from international students for all of our internships where US citizenship is not a requirement (see the qualifications listed for each project for details).

It is, however, the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that their visa or immigration status permits them to undertake an unpaid internship. It is also the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all proper paperwork, like documented approval from your home institution, is available and processed in time for the start of the internship. Failure to comply with these stipulations, or provide the paperwork required to verify your status, will result in your internship offer being rescinded without further consideration.

 All international applicants (including F1 (but not OPT F1 visa holders) and J1 visa candidates) must apply by the deadline. In order to help ensure there is enough time to process the appropriate paperwork. If you are an international applicant please ensure you indicate your visa type as requested on the application.