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[liberationtech] Summer Internship Program 2012, Berkman Center for Internet & Society

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From: Rebecca Tabasky <rtabasky at>
Date: Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Hi there,

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is
preparing to welcome another stellar crew of students to join us as summer

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**getinvolved/internships_summer<>
**. *

The deadline for summer 2012 internship applications is Sunday, February 12
2012 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.

All best,


*Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Summer Internship Program 2012* <**

Each summer the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
swings open the doors of our big 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 Berkman's research agenda, including law,
technology, innovation, and knowledge; the relationship between Internet
and civic activity; and technology, law, and development.
Summer interns jump head first into the swirl of the Berkman universe,
where they are deeply and substantively involved in the operation of 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 2012 is below. Traditionally, 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 all across the

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. Zack McCune, a summer intern from 2008, had
this to say <**blog/in-the-spirit-of-the-the-**
"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 2012 program runs from Monday, June 4 through Friday, August 10.

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 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 spectrum of
- Internships are open to students at different levels of academic study
including those in bachelors, masters, law, and Ph.D programs (some
flexibility with high school students is possible). Some positions will
require that interns be enrolled in a particular kind of academic program.
- Summer interns do not have to be U.S. residents or in school in the U.S.,
and we welcome and encourage international students to apply.
- Summer interns do not need an existing affiliation with Harvard

*To Apply:*
We know what you're thinking. /Yes please. I want that. That sounds
magical. Did I mention that I make a mean artichoke dip?/ Here's what you
should do...

/Law students:/ If you are a law student interested in conducting research
with the Berkman Center this summer, please find important additional
information and application instructions here <
**node/7314 <>>.

/Students from all other disciplines:/ If you are a student from any
discipline except law interested in conducting research with Berkman this
summer, please find more information and application instructions here <**node/7315<>

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.
- A current resume.
- The contact information for two references (professional or academic).

*The application deadline for all students for Summer 2012 is **Sunday,
February 12 2012 at **11:59 p.m. ET. *

We look forward to hearing from you!
Questions?  Email Rebecca Tabasky at rtabasky at <mailto:
rtabasky at** <rtabasky at>>.


*Select Expected Summer 2012 Opportunities: *

/Broadband /
Interns with the the Broadband Project will conduct primary and secondary
research into fiber deployment, both in the US and abroad. Research topics
may include municipal fiber networks, how competition impacts price and
speed, and the role of spectrum in the broadband debate. More information
about the Broadband Project can be found at:**
research/broadband <>.

/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. Inquiries will be broad-based, but particular
attention will be given to the study of the promotion of topics such as
transparency, accountability, justice and human rights, with a focus on

/Cloud Computing Law and Policy /
In Spring 2012, the Cloud Computing team at the Berkman Center in
collaboration with KEIO University (Japan), the NEXA Center (Italy), and
the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) will make public its wiki-based
repository of analyses, resources, and case studies on emerging issues,
law, policy and current trends related to cloud computing. Building upon
this foundation and under the guidance of Executive Director Urs Gasser, we
will be developing specific research and analysis that leverages our
international collaboration and existing resources, and ideally creates
briefing materials that are useful to policymakers, industry participants,
civil society members, and other actors. Interns will work directly with
the team to develop associated research.

/Cyberlaw Clinic
/Interns with the Cyberlaw Clinic contribute to a wide range of real-world
litigation, client counseling, licensing, advocacy and legislative projects
covering a broad spectrum of legal issues involving the Internet, new
technology, intellectual property law, youth online safety and child
protection. The Clinic provides high-quality, pro-bono legal services to
appropriate individuals, small start-ups, non-profit groups and government
entities regarding cutting-edge issues of the Internet, new technology and
intellectual property. 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:**teaching/cyberlawclinic<>

Interns with the Cyberlaw Clinic will be students currently enrolled in a
J.D. program in the United States.

Since Spring 2010, the Berkman Center team has been developing a
cybersecurity wiki under the guidance of Jack Goldsmith. The wiki provides
a set of evolving resources on cybersecurity, broadly-defined, and includes
an annotated list of relevant articles and literature. This summer, we will
be seeking to update this wiki by adding key resources that have been
released since 2010. We also have a series of potential next steps,
including, for example, an survey course and an analysis of the 'rhetoric'
of cybsecurity, that we also plan to pick up and develop with summer

/Digital Libraries /
Summer interns working on digital library issues will conduct research
related to library users, content, governance, funding, publishing models,
and related issues; stay abreast of developments in the digital library
field (including news related to e-publishing, copyright, linked open data,
and other areas); blog regularly on these issues; and contribute to the
Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) wiki <
**dpla/Main_Page <>> and website
<>. Depending on summer needs, they may also have the
opportunity to create multimedia for the DPLA website. Summer interns will
also conduct research on the legal aspects and considerations related to
these issues. More information about DPLA can be found at: <>.

/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 <**
legal-guide <>> to media law topics,
developed entries for the database of threats <**
database <>> against online publishers,
commented on current issues in law and media on the blog <**blog <>>, and
provided research and drafting assistance on amicus briefs <**about/cmlp-amicus-efforts<>>.
Interns may also be asked to assist with the operation and expansion of the
Online Media Legal Network <>, 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:**about/summer-internships<>

/Freedom of Expression /
Summer interns for this suite of projects, which includes Herdict, Internet
& Democracy, OpenNet Initiative, Global Network Initiative, and others,
will blog regularly about issues concerning online freedom of expression;
contribute to related data gathering efforts using online sources; conduct
research on internet filtering, monitoring, and control efforts around the
globe; update project Twitter and Facebook accounts; and assist
international partners. In the past, freedom of expression interns have
also contributed to literature reviews, hand coded online content, and
supported research on foreign language blogospheres, Twitter and online
communities in Russia, China, Iran and the Middle East. More information
about some of Berkman's work on freedom of expression can be found at the
following links: ;
**idblog/ <> ; ;
http://** <>.

/Geek Cave /
Help Berkman's geek team keep the Center running. Interns joining the Geek
Cave may extend open source software, build scalable websites, or manage
the mixed desktop network that keeps us moving. If you've been to a Berkman
site, you've seen the work of the geeks; we also work with partners across
Harvard University. Our team works with ruby, perl, php, bash, jQuery,
PostgreSQL, MySQL and a slew of other tools, and you can find more
information at Berkman's github:**berkmancenter<>

/Harvard Open Access Project (HOAP) /
HOAP fosters open access <**
(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 will add relevant
information to the Open Access Directory (OAD), a wiki-based encyclopedia
of OA; and will contribute to the the Open Access Tracking Project (OATP),
a social-tagging project organizing knowledge about OA. There may be
opportunities to write research reports on commissioned topics, draft
submissions to public-policy consultations, and help organize OA-related
events on campus.

/H2O /
Interns working with H2O, a platform that allows professors to create
entirely online casebooks that are easily sharable and remixable, will
assist in the development of new casebook instances. Following the
successful pilot of Prof. Jonathan's Zittrain's Torts Class Casebook in the
Fall of 2011, this summer we will create several additional casebooks with
other Harvard Law School professors. Classes may include Advanced Civil
Procedure and Criminal Law. 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 the professors to deliver an entirely
online casebook. More information about H2O can be found at: <**>.

/Information Quality in the Digital Age /
Under the guidance of Executive Director Urs Gasser, this project will
focus on the multi-faceted phenomenon of "information quality" in the
digital age. Building upon previous research efforts, the next stage of
exploration will focus on electronic media and work towards a theory of
information quality in the digitally networked environment, with a
particular interest in the role and interplay of law, social norms,
technology, and markets. Interoperability In June 2012, Urs Gasser and John
Palfrey will release their book on /Interoperability: The Promise and
Perils of Highly Interconnected Systems/. The book is inspired by their
2005 study and paper---"Breaking Down Digital Barriers: When and How
Information and ICT Interoperability Drives Innovation" <**publications/2007/Breaking_**
---which examined the relationship between interoperability and innovation
in the ICT environment.

A key input into the process has been the development of supporting case
studies that focus on lessons learned from sectors where interoperability
is critical, such as transportation, currency markets, and energy. Interns
will help to finalize existing cases for release, develop new ones, and
also contribute to developing a set of associated online resources online,
including a wiki and blog. More information about our Interoperability
research can be found at:**interop/<>

/metaLAB /
The metaLAB is a research unit dedicated to innovation and experimentation
in the arts, media and humanities, and metaLAB work ranges from inquiry
into the history of media to advanced, open-source software development to
installation art practices using hacked sensor devices. Summer interns will
participate in current core research areas, including: modeling new forms
of multimedia publishing and documentary art practice; creating augmented
exhibitions using digitized cultural heritage and library collections; and
organizing interdisciplinary gatherings of humanists, technologists,
artists, legal scholars and other experimental thinkers. More information
about the metaLAB can be found at:

/Special Projects - Professor Urs Gasser /
A summer intern will work on a variety of projects undertaken by Berkman's
Executive Director Urs Gasser (e.g. work on privacy, globalization of law,
cyberliability). Tasks include research for presentations, op-eds, and
articles. 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. Knowledge in German or an Asian language is a plus. More
information about Urs' research can be found at:**people/ugasser<>

/Special Projects - Professor Jonathan Zittrain /
A summer intern in this position will work on a variety of projects
undertaken by Professor Jonathan Zittrain, assisting in a variety of
research areas (e.g. human computing, mesh networking, and Internet
filtering). Summer contributions include research for conferences and
presentations (including, for example, JZ's recent Colbert Report debate <**the-colbert-report-videos/**
>)**; 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.
More information about JZ's research can be found at:**people/jzittrain<>

/Youth and Media Lab /
During a summer at the Youth and Media Lab <>,
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

A summer intern will work for one of the Lab's three main tracks:
exploratory research, curriculum development, and tool development. The
research track includes literature reviews, surveys, focus groups, and
one-on-one interviews to better map youth's usage of technology. Building
upon these findings, the curriculum track aims to develop and test
educational modules in collaboration with youth, designed for both formal
and informal learning settings. The modules address youth's awareness and
understanding of their technology usage and bear important policy
implications. Third, the Lab's team seeks to develop a set of media
literacy tools ("navigation aids for cyberspace") including an application
to assess news quality, a set of badges, etc.

Spending a summer with the Lab means joining a diverse and creative team.
Past summer interns have brought expertise and enthusiasm for
human-computer interaction, digital art, filmmaking, radio production,
joining team members excelling in areas such as law and policy,
communications, and the social sciences. The Lab's intellectual diversity
encourages collective brainstorming and discussion of how each individual
team member can advance the Lab's agenda. More information about the Youth
and Media Lab can be found at: <**>.
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