[Air-L] 2013 Summer Internship Program, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Application Deadline Feb. 10

Rebecca Tabasky rtabasky at cyber.law.harvard.edu
Thu Jan 10 10:58:58 PST 2013


The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is now 
accepting applications for our 2013 Summer Internship Program!

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 and eligibility, and links to the 
application procedures, can be found below and at: 
The application deadline for Summer 2013 is Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 
11:59 p.m. ET.**
As ever, thank you for helping to share word of the opportunity to great 
candidates and developing our network of people working to advance 
scholarship with impact.

All best,


*Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Summer Internship Program 2013* 

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.com/define.php?term=berktern> - 
who are passionate about the promise of the Internet. Finding connected 
and complementary research inquiries among their diverse backgrounds, 
students represent all levels of study, are being trained in disciplines 
across the board, and come from universities all over the world to 
tackle issues related to the core of Berkman's research agenda, 
including law, technology, innovation, and knowledge; the relationships 
between Internet and civic activity; and the intersection of technology, 
learning, and development. Summer interns jump head first into the swirl 
of the Berkman universe, where they are deeply and substantively 
involved in our research projects and efforts.

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 2013 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/berkmancentersummer2012/>.  Former intern 
Zack McCune had this to say 
"it has been an enchanting summer working at the berkman center for 
internet & society.  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 changemakers." *

*Time Commitment:*
Summer internships are full time positions (35 hours/week) for 10 weeks. 
Our Summer 2013 program runs from Monday, June 3 through Friday, August 9. *

Interns are paid $11.50 an hour, with the exception of certain 
opportunities for law students who receive summer public interest funds 
(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 LGBTQ 
community, and persons with disabilities, as well as applications from 
researchers and practitioners from across the spectrum of disciplines 
and methods. The roots of this deep commitment are many and, 
appropriately, diverse. We are not nearly far enough along in this 
regard, and we may never be. It is a constant process in which there 
remains much to learn. We welcome your inquiries, comments and ideas on 
how we may continue to improve.


    * Internships are open to students enrolled across the full spectrum
      of disciplines.
    * 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).
      Selected positions require that interns be enrolled in a
      particular kind of academic program.
    * Summer interns need not 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
      University. *

*To Apply:*
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?v=CGQbFqH6D4g>//?/  Here's what you should 

*Law students:* please find application instructions and important 
additional information here <http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/node/7314>.

*Students from disciplines other than law:* please find more information 
and application instructions here <http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/node/7315>.*

*The application deadline for all students for Summer 2013 is Sunday, 
February 10, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. ET.**

We are fortunate to receive a large number of excellent applications 
each year and go through a dynamic and highly selective process in which 
we try to find the best match for individual interns and portfolio 
needs, but limited slots inevitably mean passing on amazing candidates. 
We are steadfast, however, in our eagerness for you to work in this 
space and encourage you to explore other related summer opportunities, 
including these <http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/node/8134>. *

**Please start with our Summer Internship Program FAQ 
<http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/node/8133>.   Have questions not covered 
in the FAQ? Email Rebecca Tabasky at rtabasky at cyber.law.harvard.edu 
<mailto:rtabasky at cyber.law.harvard.edu>.


*Select Expected Summer 2013 Opportunities:*
Chilling Effects/
Summer interns working for Chilling Effects will work on a range of 
assignments related to Chilling Effects' recent expansion and 
modernization, including: writing "weather reports" and 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.  More information about Chilling Effects and 
its work can be found at: http://www.chillingeffects.org/ 

/Civic Engagement in Developing and Transitioning Countries/
Interns will undertake a variety of research and writing around the use, 
impact, and design of digital tools for civic engagement in developing 
and transitioning countries, with a focus on Nigeria. Inquiries will be 
broad-based, but particular attention will be given to the study of 
transparency, governance, accountability, justice, and human rights.  As 
well, research will explore issues related to civil society and innovation./

/Cyberlaw Clinic/
Interns with the Cyberlaw Clinic contribute to a wide range of 
real-world litigation, client counseling, transactional, licensing, 
advocacy, and legislative projects relating to technology and the 
Internet.  The Clinic provides high-quality, pro-bono legal services to 
appropriate individuals, small start-ups, non-profit organizations, and 
government entities.  The Clinic's work includes counseling and legal 
guidance regarding complex open access, digital copyright, and fair use 
issues; litigation, amicus filings, and other advocacy to protect online 
speech and anonymity; developing legal resources for and offering advice 
to citizen journalists and new media organizations; licensing and 
contract advice, especially regarding Creative Commons and other "open" 
licenses; advising on innovative uses of technology to help courts 
increase citizens' access to justice; and drafting amicus briefs, 
motions, and training materials in the areas of child pornography and 
youth online safety; among other areas.  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 at: 

/Digital Libraries/
Summer interns working on digital library issues will conduct research 
related to library users, content, governance, funding, publishing 
models, and a suite of related issues; stay abreast of developments in 
the digital library field (including news related to e-publishing, 
copyright, linked open data, and other areas); and conduct research on 
the legal aspects and considerations related to these issues. Depending 
on summer needs, interns may contribute to the Digital Public Library of 
America (DPLA), an all-digital effort to enable broad, free public 
access to the vast amounts of digital content (and yet-to-be-digitized 
content) in the United States' libraries, archives, museums, and 
cultural heritage institutions.  More information about the DPLA can be 
found at: http://dp.la <http://dp.la/>.

This position might also involve assisting with a number of research, 
writing, and media tracking responsibilities for the Libraries and Data 
track of the Berkman Center's nascent Information Quality Research 
Initiative (IQRI) Led by Berkman Executive Director Urs Gasser, the IQRI 
builds upon numerous publications, including the 2012 report, "Youth and 
Digital Media: From Credibility to Information Quality 
<http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2005272>", and aims 
to develop a theory of information quality that reflects fundamental 
shifts in the information ecosystem in the age of digital media. The 
Libraries and Data track is expected to be one of the initial 
substantive areas that the IQRI will explore. In summer 2013, this 
internship will afford the opportunity to work closely with a small yet 
dynamic project team to investigate and assess empirical, theoretical 
and normative dynamics, opportunities, interventions, and challenges 
that emerge for both information custodians and users of information 
resources in the contemporary online environment./

/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 the Legal Guide 
<http://www.citmedialaw.org/legal-guide> to media law topics, developed 
entries for the database of threats 
<http://www.citmedialaw.org/database> against online publishers, 
commented on current issues in law and media on the blog 
<http://www.citmedialaw.org/blog>, and provided research and drafting 
assistance on amicus briefs 
<http://www.citmedialaw.org/about/cmlp-amicus-efforts>. Interns may also 
be asked to assist with the operation and expansion of the Online Media 
Legal Network <http://www.omln.org/>, an attorney referral service for 
digital publishers, and with other projects that the DMLP undertakes in 
conjunction with its partner organizations around the world. More 
information on summer internships with the DMLP can be found on the DMLP 
website at: http://www.citmedialaw.org/about/summer-internships./

/Freedom Of Expression/
The Berkman Center's suite of freedom of expression-related projects, 
including Internet Monitor, Herdict, the OpenNet Initiative, 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/research/internetmonitor ; 
http://www.herdict.org/web/ ; http://opennet.net/./

/Geek Cave Software Development/
The Berkman Geek Cave is a great place to work on technical projects 
over the summer.  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 five 
talented, devoted, fun, full-time developers on staff that can help hone 
your 1337 coding skilz as well provide fun projects to pair code or geek 
out on.  More info about the projects that we work on can be found on 
our github organization page: http://github.com/berkmancenter./

H2O is an online suite of classroom tools developed by the Berkman 
Center and the Harvard Law School Library. H2O allows, among other 
things, professors to build, share, and remix digital casebooks under a 
Creative Commons license. Summer interns typically contribute to the 
manifold aspects of conceptualizing, assembling, editing, and 
disseminating digital casebooks for use at Harvard Law School and 
beyond. The platform was successfully beta-tested in Prof. Jonathan 
Zittrain's Fall 2011 Torts class, and is slated to be used by four 
additional Harvard Law School professors during the 2012-13 academic 
year. Casebooks that might be developed on H2O during the summer of 2012 
could include Civil Procedure, Property, Constitutional Law, Legislation 
and Regulations, Corporations, and International, Foreign, and 
Comparative Law. Technically proficient law students who have an 
interest in deepening their knowledge in these subjects, as well as 
extremely dedicated aspiring law students, will work closely with 
teachers and the H2O team to deliver freely and publicly available, 
remixable casebooks at Harvard and elsewhere. More information is 
available at: http://h2odev.law.harvard.edu and at: 

/Harvard Open Access Project (HOAP)/
HOAP fosters open access 
<http://www.earlham.edu/%7Epeters/fos/overview.htm> (OA) to research 
within Harvard, fosters OA beyond Harvard, undertakes research and 
policy analysis on OA, and provides OA to timely and accurate 
information about OA itself. Interns with the HOAP will add relevant 
information to the Open Access Directory (OAD), a wiki-based 
encyclopedia of OA, and/or contribute to the the Open Access Tracking 
Project (OATP), a social-tagging project organizing knowledge about OA. 
More information about HOAP can be found at: 
http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/hoap/Main_Page and at: 

/Internet Robustness/
Interns will contribute to the research, development and testing of 
technical and social approaches to improve the resiliency and robustness 
of the Web. Project-related roles and responsibilities will vary 
according the skills and experiences of the interns. There is need for 
interns with technical skills and background as well as those with 
interest in research and writing related to the social architecture of 
the Web.  More information about Internet Robustness is at: 

/Media Cloud - Research and Technical Development/
Media Cloud <http://mediacloud.org/>, a joint project of the Berkman 
Center and the MIT 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 the networked public sphere 

Research interns with Media Cloud will contribute to the research, data 
collection, and synthesis of case studies developed as part of the 
Controversy Mapping tool, which allows researchers to use the Media 
Cloud platform's data collection and network visualization tools to map 
the evolution of a particular public affair, debate, or policy 
conversation (such as SOPA/PIPA 
<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNP9f8geCWA>, Trayvon Martin 
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeDDdN8NW_o>, and the 2012 California 
ballot propositions (forthcoming)).

Technical development interns with Media Cloud will help to extend and 
improve the project's features.  We are looking for developers 
interested in online media research, big data, and natural language 

More information about Media Cloud is available at: 
http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/research/mediacloud and you can see the 
project in action at: http://www.mediacloud.org./

/metaLAB (at) Harvard/
metaLAB is a research and teaching unit dedicated to exploring and 
expanding the frontiers of networked culture in the arts and humanities, 
and this year metaLAB is developing three major projects: 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; Library Observatory, a forum to visualize library collections 
and data and share those analyses with librarians, faculty, and 
students; and Networks and Natures, a scholarly initiative to explore 
the impact of networks on our relationship with the natural world. We 
are looking for interns with multimedia production experience, web 
design and development, and skills in javascript, python, and other 
scripting languages.  More information about the metaLAB is at: 

/Berkman Multimedia Production/
An intern for the Berkman Center's multimedia team will take on the 
production of video and audio that helps to shed light on the many 
research areas of the Center in a creative way. Among the 
responsibilities of the multimedia intern may be: producing and editing 
several episodes of Radio Berkman <https://soundcloud.com/radioberkman> 
(the Center's NPR-style podcast); coordinating the production of a 
summer intern shared multimedia projects 
and generally creating and promoting unique content for the Berkman 
Center --- in the form of animations, still images, slideshows, audio, 
and video. This position requires previous experience with multimedia 
production; a familiarity with cameras and audio equipment, as well as 
video and audio production platforms (e.g., Final Cut, Adobe After 
Effects, and ProTools); an energetic flair for the creative; and a 
demonstrated ability to work independently and with groups. In addition 
to a resume and cover letter, applicants should share links to any 
multimedia work for which they are proud to have been responsible./

/Open Data/Open Government/
The Berkman Center is exploring opportunities at the nexus of efforts 
that promote open government, transparency, data-sharing, and civic 
entrepreneurship/co-production/engagement. Recent activities at the 
Center have built on the excitement generated by a range of related 
events and projects in the Berkman community, including a workshop on 
open data, a meeting on innovation for municipal leaders, a gaming 
platform for civic engagement, and collaboration with the city 
government of Boston.  Interns will contribute to the development of an 
action-oriented research framework intended to systematically support, 
add value to, and facilitate innovation and collaboration in government./

/Privacy Tools for Sharing Research Data/
In fall 2012, this exciting new collaboration between the Center for 
Research on Computer Science (CRCS) at the School of Engineering and 
Applied Sciences, the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS), 
and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, kicked off a four-year 
project to develop computational and legal methods, tools, and policies 
to further the tremendous value that can come from collecting, 
analyzing, and sharing data while more fully protecting individual privacy.

Faculty director and Clinical Professor Phil Malone 
<http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/people/pmalone> leads the Berkman Center's 
role in this initiative, which brings the Center's institutional 
knowledge and practical experience to help tackle the legal and 
policy-based issues in the larger project.  The Berkman Center is 
working with Berkman faculty, fellows, research assistants, and the CRCS 
and IQSS project team members to distill key definitional issues, 
explore new and existing legal and regulatory frameworks, and develop 
legal instruments that take into account the specific needs of 
researchers, research subjects, and data, while enabling reliable 
mechanisms for protecting privacy, transparency, and accountability.

For 2013, law student interns will work with Professor Phil Malone and 
provide research and analytical support to the project, including 
research and analysis on privacy law and policy and specific privacy 
approaches to the use of large data sets.More information about the 
project can be found on the Berkman Center website at: 
http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/research/privacy_tools and the CRCS project 
website at: http://privacytools.seas.harvard.edu/./

/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. As well, this position may be extended into the 2013-2014 academic 
year; if you would be interested and available to continue working from 
Cambridge, MA in this capacity beyond the summer, please indicate so in 
your cover letter.  More information about JZ's research can be found 
at: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/people/jzittrain and at: 

/Youth and Media Project/
During a summer at Youth and Media <http://youthandmedia.org//>, interns 
will contribute to various research, advocacy, and development 
initiatives around youth and technology. By researching young people's 
interactions with digital media such as the Internet, cell phones, and 
video games, we seek to address the issues their practices raise, learn 
how to harness the opportunities their digital fluency presents, and 
shape our regulatory and educational frameworks in a way that advances 
the public interest.

For 2013, 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.

More information about the Youth and Media Lab can be found at: 
www.youthandmedia.org <http://www.youthandmedia.org/>.  See what past 
Youth and Media interns said about their time at Berkman here 

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