Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society Accepting Apps for Summer 2018 InternshipsNews | 15-02-2018 12:32
Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society 2018 Summer Internship Program
Application deadline for all students for summer 2018 is Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET
Information about the summer program and links to the application procedures can be found below and at http://brk.mn/summer
About the Program
Each summer the Berkman Klein 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! - 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 the Center’s research agenda. Summer interns jump head first into the swirl of the Berkman Klein 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 Klein staff, fellows, and faculty. Specific roles, tasks, and experiences vary depending on Center needs and interns' skills; a select list of expected opportunities for this coming summer 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 Klein 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 Klein community. As well, each year interns establish new channels for fun and learning, such as organizing debates and pub quizzes; establishing reading groups and book clubs; producing podcasts and videos; taking on the Mystic lakes and Brooklyn Boulders; 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. Get a behind the scenes look at what it's like to be a summer intern at the Center through the Summer Snapshot 2017 developed by summer 2017 Berktern Tym Yee; there you'll hear from interns about their experiences, projects, and out-of-the office explorations! And an evergreen-in-spirit quote from former intern Zachary McCune in 2008 continues to sparkle (even as the rock band reference dates it): "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."
Select Expected Summer 2018 Opportunities
A list of projects and research areas interns will engage may be found here.
The summer 2018 program will run from Monday, June 4, 2018 through Friday, August 10, 2018. Summer internships are full time positions (35 hours/week).
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).
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 Klein Center for Internet & Society are profoundly strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, age, ability, and much more. We actively seek and welcome people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, persons with disabilities, and people at intersections of these identities, from across the spectrum of disciplines and methods.
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. We also welcome applications from recent graduates and those in between academic programs.
Summer interns do not need to be U.S. residents or in school in the U.S.; indeed, we encourage international students to apply. Selected interns must be authorized to be employed in the United States during the summer. The Berkman Klein Center works with the Harvard International Office (HIO) to sponsor J-1 Student Intern Visas, which permit employment, for selected summer interns who meet the visa requirements. More information can be found on the HIO website at http://hio.harvard.edu/j-student-intern-visa.
Summer interns do not need an existing affiliation with Harvard University.
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Law students: please find application instructions and important additional information here.
Students from disciplines other than law: please find more information and application instructions here.
The application deadline for all students for summer 2018 is Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET