We are looking to engage a diverse group of students who are interested in studying -- and changing the world through -- the Internet and new communications technologies; who are driven, funny, and kind; and who would like to join our amazing community in Cambridge this summer for 10 weeks of shared research and exchange.
Information about the summer program, eligibility, and links to the application procedures can be found below and at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/g
The application deadline for all students for Summer 2014 is Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. ET.**
Please share word of the opportunity to great candidates, and help us continue developing our shared network of movers and shakers working to advance scholarship with impact.
*Berkman Center for Internet & Society* <http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/
Summer Internship Program 2014*
Each summer the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University swings open the doors of our vibrant yellow house to welcome a group of talented and curious students as full-time interns -Berkterns! <http://www.urbandictionary.co
Becoming invaluable contributors to the Center's operation and success, interns conduct collaborative and independent research under the guidance of Berkman staff, fellows, and faculty. Specific roles, tasks, and experiences vary depending on Center needs and interns' skills; a select list of expected opportunities for Summer 2014 is below. Typically, the workload of each intern is primarily based under one project or suite of projects, with encouragement and flexibility to get involved in additional projects across the Center.
In addition to joining research teams, summer interns participate in special lectures with Berkman Center faculty and fellows, engage each other through community experiences like weekly interns discussion hours, and attend Center-wide events and gatherings with members of the wider Berkman community. As well, each year interns establish new channels for fun and learning, such as organizing topical debates; establishing reading groups and book clubs; producing podcasts and videos; and hosting potlucks, cook-offs, and BBQs (fortunately for us, people share).
The word "awesome" has been thrown around to describe our internships, but don't take our word for it. Interns Royze Adolfo and Hilda Barasa documented the summer 2012 internship experience here <http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/
Summer internships are full time positions (35 hours/week) for 10 weeks. **The Summer 2014 program will run from .***
Interns are paid $11.50 an hour, with the exception of a number of opportunities for law students who are expected to receive some version of summer public interest funding (more about these specific cases at the link for law students below).
Please be forewarned that payment may not be sufficient to cover living expenses in the Boston area. No other benefits are provided, and interns must make their own housing, insurance and transportation arrangements.*
Commitment to Diversity:*
The work and well-being of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University are strengthened profoundly by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We actively seek and welcome applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and persons with disabilities, as well as applications from researchers and practitioners from across the spectrum of disciplines and methods.*
* Internships are open to students enrolled across the full spectrum
* Internships are open to students at different levels of academic
study including those in bachelor's, master's, law, and Ph.D
programs (some flexibility with high school students is possible).
* Summer interns do not need to be U.S. residents or in school in the
U.S.; indeed, we encourage international students to apply.
* Summer interns do not need an existing affiliation with Harvard
We know what you're thinking. /Yes please. I want that. That sounds magical. Did I mention that I have incredible dance moves <http://www.youtube.com/watch?
*Law students:*please find application instructions and important additional information here <http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/
*Students from disciplines other than law:*please find more information and application instructionshere <http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/
Required application materials for all include:
* A cover letter describing your skills and interests. When developing
your cover letter, you may wish to consider the following questions:
What has led you to pursue research with the Berkman Center and the
issues we study? What would you like to gain from working with us
this summer, and what will you contribute? How do you think the
experience might influence your future efforts? Please feel welcome
to address these and/or other topics you would like to share with
us. Cover letters should be addressed to Nancy
* A current resume.
* The contact information for two references (professional or academic).
*The application deadline for all students for Summer 2014 is Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. ET.**
We look forward to hearing from you!
Questions? Check out our FAQ <http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/
*Select Expected Summer 2014 Opportunities: *
Summer interns working for Chilling Effects will work on a range of assignments, including: writing blog posts, updating news and research resources for on-site publication; helping with managing and curating the database, including coding metadata and working with source partners to facilitate the ingestion and processing of notices; working on domestic and international collaboration initiatives; event planning and management; and working on research and writing projects centered on the database corpus, either internally or in collaboration with external researchers. Applicants with coding skills in Ruby and Postgres will have opportunities to work with the new Chilling Effects site. More information about Chilling Effects is at http://www.chillingeffects.org
CopyrightX is a networked course---not a true MOOC---that the Berkman Center has helped to produce during each of the past two years. The course, offered under the auspices of Harvard Law School, HarvardX <http://harvardx.harvard.edu>, and Berkman, explores the current law of copyright and the ongoing debates concerning how that law should be reformed. Through a combination of pre-recorded lectures, weekly seminars, live webcasts, and online discussions, participants in the course examine and assess the ways in which law seeks to stimulate and regulate creative expression. Many activities fall under the umbrella of "producing" CopyrightX, including refining the pedagogical model, analyzing course data, vetting and choosing the technology that supports the course (which extends to improving existing tools and creating new ones), and generally ensuring that the course team is up to date on the latest currents in digital learning, blended learning, and online higher education. Law students strongly interested in copyright law and/or pedagogy, who are also excited about delving into the mixed suite of activities mentioned above, are highly encouraged to apply. Several other kinds of talents and interests would be a good fits, too, including education research skills and web development (with an interest in or openness to edu-tech). Find more athttp://copyx.org.
The Cyberlaw Clinic provides high-quality, pro-bono legal services to individuals, start-ups, non-profit organizations, and government entities. Every summer, clinic interns contribute to a wide range of real-world projects related to the Internet and technology. Interns may help the Clinic team provide guidance on open access, digital copyright, and fair use issues; support advocacy efforts to protect online speech and anonymity; develop legal resources for citizen journalists and new media organizations; advise courts on innovative uses of technology to increase citizens' access to justice; or draft reference documents and training materials for educators on children's privacy and online safety. Interns in the Cyberlaw Clinic can expect direct hands-on experience working with clients under the supervision of the Clinic's staff attorneys. More information about the Cyberlaw Clinic can be found athttp://cyberlawclinic.berkma
/Digital Media and Communications Squad/
The intern with Berkman's digital media and communications squad will have a chance to use a number of video and audio production resources to tell the world about the amazing Internet research and action coming out of Berkman. This intern will be chiefly responsible for helping to create the Radio Berkman audio podcast <https://soundcloud.com/radiob
/Digital Media Law Project/
Summer interns at the Digital Media Law Project will work on a wide range of legal research and writing projects relating to media law, intellectual property, and the intersection of journalism and the internet. In past years, interns have updated theLegal Guide <http://www.citmedialaw.org/le
/Digital Problem-Solving Initiative/
The Digital Problem-Solving Initiative <http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/
/Freedom of Expression/
The Berkman Center's suite of freedom of expression-related projects, including Internet Monitor, Herdict, and others, is seeking a small team of interns to conduct research on Internet filtering, monitoring, and control efforts around the globe; engage in related data gathering efforts using online sources; contribute to report writing; blog regularly about issues concerning online freedom of expression; and manage various projects' Twitter and Facebook accounts. In the past, interns have also supported research on blogospheres and other online communities around the world, contributed to literature reviews, and hand coded online content. Foreign language skills, particularly in Persian, Arabic, Russian, and Chinese, are useful. More information about some of Berkman's work on freedom of expression can be found at the following links: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/r
Interns joining the Geek Cave may extend open source software, build scalable websites, or manage the mixed desktop network that keeps the Center moving. Our team works with ruby, perl, php, bash, jQuery, PostgreSQL, MySQL and a slew of other tools. We have a small group of talented, devoted, fun, full-time developers on staff that can help hone your 1337 coding skillz as well provide fun projects to pair code or geek out on; two project managers to help you keep your work on track; and hardware and software support to help deploy your projects on Berkman infrastructure. More info about the projects that we work on can be found on our github organization page athttp://github.com/berkmancen
The Berkman Center seeks a team of interns to do research and planning around multistakeholder models for Internet governance and recent related events on the global landscape <http://blog.icann.org/2013/11
/Internet Robustness - Software Development/
The intern for the Internet Robustness project will work to extend open source development for software that makes (you guessed it) the Internet more robust and resilient to attacks and disappearing content. Our Robustness software is written in Lua, with a little bit of php and C, but we're interested in anyone who wants to help code our way to a better Web. The Internet Robustness software development intern will also work closely with theBerkman Center's Geek Cave
/Harvard Open Access Project (HOAP)/
HOAP fosters open access (OA) to research within Harvard and beyond, undertakes research on OA, and provides OA to timely and accurate information about OA itself. HOAP interns may enlarge the Open Access Directory (OAD), a wiki-based encyclopedia of OA, help with ongoing OA research projects, or contribute to the Open Access Tracking Project (OATP), a social-tagging project organizing knowledge about OA. They might also help document and promote TagTeam, a HOAP-directed open-source tagging platform built at Berkman to support OATP. More information about HOAP can be found at:http://cyber.law.harvard.ed
/Media Cloud - Research and Technical Development/
Media Cloud <http://mediacloud.org/>, a joint project of the Berkman Center and theMIT Center for Civic Media <http://civic.mit.edu/>, seeks summer interns to contribute to our team's effort to build new tools and methods that allow us to study and better analyze the shape and dynamics of thenetworked public sphere <http://www.benkler.org/Benkle
metaLAB is a research and teaching unit dedicated to exploring and expanding the frontiers of networked culture in the arts and humanities. In summer 2014, an intern will help us to produce a workshop in digital art history involving scholars, developers, and designers from across the country, which takes place at the end of June. In the balance of the summer, the intern's time will be split between Teaching with Things, an initiative to explore the use of multimedia to document, annotate, and remix objects in Harvard's libraries and museums for teaching; and a project documenting urban ecology. These projects will call upon writing, media, and design skills, and will furnish opportunities for learning across such varied domains as ethnography, editing, and software development. Some time will be spent outdoors in summer weather, likely in forested urban settings. More about metaLAB is available athttp://metalab.harvard.edu/.
The Berkman Center, in conjunction with the Network of Interdisciplinary Research Centers for Internet & Society <http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/
/Privacy Tools for Sharing Research Data/
The Privacy Tools for Sharing Research Data project is a collaboration between three Harvard institutions - the Center for Research on Computation & Society (CRCS) <http://crcs.seas.harvard.edu/
/Student Privacy Initiative/
The Berkman Center's Student Privacy Initiative explores the opportunities and challenges that may arise as educational institutions consider adopting cloud computing technologies. As we conduct our research, we are engaging multiple stakeholders-- from district officials to policymakers to industry members to teachers, parents, and students--to develop shared good practices that promote positive educational outcomes, harness technological and pedagogical innovations, and protect critical values. Summer interns will be asked to work across three overlapping clusters: Privacy Expectations & Attitudes, School Practices & Policies, and Law & Policy, interfacing internally with the Cyberlaw Clinic as well as the Youth and Media Project. In addition to ongoing research tasks, summer interns might help to draft research briefs, white papers, and website updates, as well as to coordinate with and engage external organizations working in the K-12 edtech innovation space. More information is available at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/r
/Youth and Media/
During a summer at Youth and Media <http://youthandmedia.org//>, summer interns will contribute to various research, advocacy, and development initiatives around youth and technology. By understanding young people's interactions with digital media such as the Internet, cell phones, and video games, this highly collaborative project aims to gain detailed insights into youth practices and digital fluencies, harness the associated opportunities, address challenges, and ultimately shape the evolving regulatory and educational framework in a way that advances the public interest. For 2014, we are looking for candidates with strong academic training and experience in qualitative research methods to assist with designing, conducting, and analyzing focus group and one-on-one interviews around topics of privacy, information quality and health information, youth use of the Internet in developing countries, and new ways of learning. We would also consider candidates with expertise in these areas to conduct background research and write literature reviews. Additionally, we are looking for summer interns who can help us create interesting and innovative ways to help conceptualize some of the data we have collected for our current research project aroundyouth and privacy <http://youthandmedia.org/yout
/Special Projects - Jonathan Zittrain/
Summer interns will work on a variety of projects undertaken by Professor Jonathan Zittrain, assisting in a variety of research areas (e.g. human computing, linkrot and internet robustness, platforms, and Internet filtering). Summer contributions include research for conferences and presentations; brainstorming article outlines; fact-checking materials; and reviewing original article or paper drafts. This position requires the ability to find, absorb, critically analyze, and debate large amounts of written and other media materials from sources including scholarly articles, news articles and blogs, and interviews with public policymakers. This intern position is ideally suited for students or others who would like to get a deeper understanding of academic research and the broader world of Internet law. More information about JZ's research can be found at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/p