Internews (Washington, DC)

Summer 2013 Fellow: Mayukh Sen

Faculty Mentor: Theodore Glasser

Office Description:

Internews is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect and the means to make their voices heard. Internews provides communities the resources to produce local news and information with integrity and independence. With global expertise and reach, Internews trains both media professionals and citizen journalists, introduces innovative media solutions, increases coverage of vital issues and helps establish policies needed for open access to information. Internews programs create platforms for dialogue and enable informed debate, which bring about social and economic progress. Internews’ commitment to research and evaluation creates effective and sustainable programs, even in the most challenging environments. Formed in 1982, Internews is a 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in California. Internews has worked in more than 70 countries, and currently has offices in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and North America.

Office Website: http://internews.org/ and http://innovation.internews.org/

Potential Projects:

The fellow will work with and support one or more Internews projects from its global portfolio of programs. The fellow will be matched to one of Internews’ Program Management Units (Africa, Asia, Europe and Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa, or Internet Initiatives) or with the Internews Center for Innovation and Learning. The Fellowship will be based in Washington, DC. The Fellow will have the opportunity to work on research projects associated with monitoring and evaluation data and desk research related to specific programs that Internews implements. We are looking for creative students who would be interested and capable of reviewing and analyzing project data, doing original research, interviewing key stakeholders, etc., and drafting a research paper, developing infographics, and contributing to data visualization. Specific tasks and responsibilities will range from research and methodology design, conducting research, analyzing research that comes in from the its offices around the world, and providing a written analysis of key insights and trends as evidenced by the data and research conducted. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to contribute to other Internews daily work including proposal writing, attending key events of interest, and working (remotely) with field based staff and partners. The Fellowship is meant to produce one or more research papers and/or infographics based on project data.

Desired Personal Qualities:

  • Interested in media, information systems, ICT4D (information and communication technologies for development, and international development Interested in research that looks at the link between media systems and development, political transition
  • Fun, creative, outgoing, team player
  • Self-starter, free thinker, willing to share ideas
  • Good listener and good communicator
  • Organized, able to plan ahead, good follow through , and able to bring assigned work to a close

Desired Skills, Experience, and Coursework:

  • Coursework in international development, public policy, political science, and/ or journalism/communication. Other social science disciplines also welcome.
  • Interest/ course work that will lend itself to helping with applied research related to media, development, democratization, disaster relief, or health communication (please review Internews website and state in your application which facet or area of Internews’ work is most interesting to you and how a summer internship with Internews would further your career goals)
  • Skilled and interested in doing research (either qualitative or quantitative)
  • Interest in data visualization and mining data to develop infographics
  • Significant work, study, and/or travel abroad are encouraged
  • Experience in writing research papers, journalism, blogging is a plus though not required
  • Proficiency with standard office applications and simple web-based services is required

Main Fellowship Disciplines:

  • Communication and Journalism
  • Political Science
  • Economics and Statistics
  • Public Policy
  • International Relations
  • International Development

Languages:

Working proficiency in a language other than English is strongly preferred and Internews will endeavor to make a placement within the organization that will make use of language competencies.