[Air-L] Berkman Center Summer Internships

Amar Ashar ashar at cyber.law.harvard.edu
Wed Feb 3 08:51:17 PST 2010

Hi All,

The Berkman Center is looking for summer researchers -- if you know of 
students that might be interested, please feel free to pass this 
information along. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 5.

Amar Ashar
Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Harvard University

  *Summer Internship Program 2010

For 10 weeks each summer The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at 
Harvard University swings opens the doors of its big yellow house to 
welcome a group of talented, curious, and energetic full-time interns 
who are passionate about the promise of the Internet and issues related 
to media and journalism, civic engagement, policy, identity and privacy, 
education, technology, the developing world, law, and more. The interns 
team up with Berkman projects <http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/research> 
like Herdict, Cooperation, Digital Natives, Law Lab, Internet & 
Democracy, or the OpenNet Initiative, where they have an opportunity for 
deep and substantive involvement in project operation.  Performing 
topic-based research; drafting and editing blog posts, papers and other 
written outputs; conducting outreach, developing partnerships, and 
maintaining relationships; exploring project and research design; and 
undertaking academic responsibilities of all kinds both independently 
and collaboratively are part of the Berkman summer intern experience.  
Specific tasks and experiences vary depending on interns' skills and 
project needs.

In addition to contributing to project based work, summer interns 
participate in special events and lectures with Berkman faculty and 
fellows, engage each other through community experiences like the weekly 
interns discussion hours, and each year innovate for themselves new 
opportunities for fun and learning, like organizing debates, producing 
podcasts and other media outputs, and hosting book clubs and cookoffs (!).

The word "awesome" has been thrown around to describe our internships, 
but don't take our word for it. Zack McCune <http://thames2thayer.com/>, 
a summer intern from 2008, had this to say 
"it has been an enchanting summer working at the berkman center for 
internet & society <http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/>.  everyday, i get to 
hang out with some of the most brilliant people on the planet. we talk, 
we write (emails), we blog, we laugh, we play rock band. and when things 
need to get done, we stay late hyped on free coffee and leftover food. 
it is a distinct honor to be considered a peer among such excellent 
people. and i am not just talking about the fellows, staff, and faculty, 
though they are all outstanding. no, i mean my peers as in my fellow 
interns, who are almost definitely the ripening next generation of 

* Internships are open to students enrolled across the spectrum of 
* Internships are open to students at different levels of academic study 
including undergraduate, graduate and PhD. programs;
* Summer interns do not have to be affiliated with Harvard University;
* We welcome summer interns from universities across the world, however 
we can not pay international students who have not yet received an 
undergraduate degree.

*Time Commitment:* Summer internship positions are full time (35 
hours/week), and the summer program runs for 10 weeks from June 1 to 
August 15. 

*Payment:* Interns are paid $11.50 an hour.  Please be forewarned that 
stipends may not be sufficient to cover living expenses in the Boston 
area. No other benefits are provided, therefore interns must make their 
own housing, insurance, and transportation arrangements. 

*To Apply:* We know what you're thinking. /Yes please. I want that. That 
sounds magical. Did I mention I'm really good at "Rock Band"?/

/ /

Here's what you should do...

*/Law Students/ *
If you are interested in working with the Cyberlaw Clinic over the 
summer, please read and follow the application instructions outlined 
here <http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/getinvolved/internships/cyberlawclinic>.
If you are interested in working with the Citizen Media Law Project over 
the summer, please read and follow the application instructions outlined 
here <http://www.citmedialaw.org/about/summer-internships>.*

*/Students from other disciplines/
*To apply for a summer internship position, please send
* a letter of interest describing your skills and interests, and 
indicating the area of research and the Berkman projects in which you 
have interest;
* a current version of your resume; and
* the contact information for two references (professional or academic)

to Berkman's community coordinator, Becca Tabasky, at 
rtabasky at cyber.law.harvard.edu.

*The application deadline for Summer 2010 is 11:59 p.m., ET, **Friday, 
March 5, 2010.*

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