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[liberationtech] Internships for PhD students to work on civic media at Microsoft Research

Andrés Monroy-Hernández andresmh at
Wed Nov 28 17:13:20 PST 2012

Hello everyone. We're looking for graduate student for a paid 12-week
internship at Microsoft Research FUSE Labs (Redmond). Backgrounds: CS,
Design, Information Science, Interdisciplinary. Focus: Civic Media.  Learn
more at or see message below.

Andrés Monroy-Hernández, PhD

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  Andrés Monroy-Hernández posted: "FUSE Labs at Microsoft Research is
looking for interns for 2013. For these positions, we are looking primarily
for graduate students from Computer Science, Information Science, Design,
and other multidisciplinary fields with a focus on social computing an"

         Microsoft Research, FUSE Labs Internship

FUSE Labs <> at Microsoft
Research<>is looking for interns for
2013. For these positions, we are looking
primarily for *graduate students* from *Computer Science*, *Information
Science*, *Design*, and other multidisciplinary fields with a focus on *social
computing and social media*.

FUSE Labs is a research and development lab at Microsoft Research focused
on the design, study, and development of socio-technical systems. We are
interested in *building systems and studying them critically*. Our goals
are to contribute to the academic community as well as to invent the next
generation of social technologies. Some of the topics that are currently of
interest for FUSE Labs are communities of interest, civic media, social
computing, hyperlocal media, information visualization, big data, and
machine learning applied to social data. That said, we are open to a
diversity of methodologies.

Next year, we are planning to have a cohort of interns working
collaboratively on a *civic media* project. The goal of the project is to
have meaningful societal impact by developing new tools to empower
citizens, such as tools to visualize, aggregate, and enable collaboration
among citizens locally and around the world.

The internships are 12-week paid internships in *Redmond, Washington*. The
expected outcome of the internship is a prototype and a publishable
scholarly paper for an academic journal or conference such as CHI, CSCW,
ICWSM, WWW, and USIT. Interns are expected to collaborate with researchers,
interns, and other members of the lab, give short presentations, and
contribute to the life of the community. The goals of the internship are to
help the intern advance their own career, encourage interdisciplinary
collaboration, and contribute to FUSE Labs’ research efforts. There are
also opportunities to engage with product groups at Microsoft.

Preference will be given to intern candidates who are interested in
public-facing research and have a track record of academic publishing
and/or systems building. Interns will benefit most from this opportunity if
there are natural opportunities for collaboration with other interns and

Applicants from universities inside and outside of the United States are
welcome to apply.
Application Process

   1. Fill out the online application
   Make sure to indicate that you prefer FUSE Labs and "social media" or
   "social computing." You will need to list two recommenders through this
   form. Make sure your recommenders respond to the request for letters.
   2. Send us an email <fuse-rs at> with the subject "Intern
   Application" that includes the following four things:
      1. A brief description of your dissertation project.
      2. An article you have written (published or unpublished) that shows
      your writing skills and interest in this area.
      3. A copy of your CV
      4. A pointer to your website, portfolio, or other online presence (if
      5. A short description of 1-3 projects that you might imagine doing
      as an intern at FUSE Labs.

We will begin considering internship applications on *January 10* and
consider applications until all internship positions are filled.
Previous Intern Testimonials

"My internship at Microsoft Research surpassed all of my expectations in
the best way possible. I spent 12 weeks surrounded by motivated and curious
students and researchers who were not only interested in helping me develop
an interesting research project, but also interested in helping me develop
as a researcher. Everyone I engaged with, from my mentor to team members to
our group manager, spent time getting to know me and made me feel like a
valued member of the MSR family. At FUSE Labs, I was able to contribute to
a number of projects beyond my own intern project, all of which gave me
valuable experience working with different types of groups within MSR
(design, development). I left my internship with a deep respect for the
research and researchers at Microsoft Research, as well as a number of new
friends." Behzod Sirjani <>, PhD student at the School of
Communication at Northwestern University

 "The summer I spent at Microsoft Research was one of the best grad school
experiences I have undertaken: fun, challenging and rewarding. As someone
with a computer science background with interests in big data and social
media, this internship gave me an opportunity to explore the vast data
sources that Microsoft Research maintains. More importantly, the experience
with MSR helped me build connections with word-class scholars and fellow
interns with different backgrounds. Overall, it was a terrific experience
for me as a researcher as well as a thinker." Yuheng
PhD student of Computer Science at Arizona State University

 FUSE Labs is an excellent place to experience the intersection of design,
research, and social computing. I had the great opportunity to collaborate
with a talented team who not only supported me in the development and
refinement of my process and skills, but also willingly debated with me on
the correct pronunciation of the word 'gif.' A Microsoft Research
internship is the perfect balance: extremely beneficial and valuable with
just a touch of nerdy!"
Sarah Hallacher <>, student at the Interactive
Telecommunications Program, Tisch School of the Arts at NYU
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