Are you passionate about communications? The BKC communications team is seeking one or more creative, highly motivated candidates to work on a range of writing, project management, and digital media tasks that help tell the Berkman Klein story to the public and target audiences. You may be asked to help with any aspect of BKC’s communications activities, including writing and editing website and social media content, liaising with project teams, promoting events, brainstorming approaches to storytelling, and developing creative ways to share and amplify research, education, programs, and other activities of the Center. The right candidate will be someone who is an outstanding and efficient writer; is sharp, flexible, and reliable; has great organizational skills to juggle multiple tasks, people, and projects; is a strong collaborator with the EQ to work well with varying personalities and work styles; understands both traditional and social media. Come join us for the summer!
The Executive Director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Sue Hendrickson, is looking to hire entrepreneurial summer interns to support the Center’s engagement on a broad range of initiatives relating to the rapidly evolving relationship between the Internet, technology, and society. Ideal candidates will demonstrate intellectual curiosity, versatility, the ability to quickly develop expertise in unfamiliar subjects, excellent verbal and writing skills, and the desire to influence public policy and interdisciplinary dialogue on next-generation issues involving technology. Summer Interns will assist on a range of projects and programs in furtherance of the mission and strategic directions of the Center. Summer efforts may include assisting with research, writing, workshops and other convenings on Generative AI, data governance, trust and safety, ethical technology, digital authoritarianism, digital child safety, extremism online, and other current tech policy topics. As part of these activities, interns may have the opportunity to work with Responsible AI Fellow Rumman Chowdhury and lawyers at the Cyberlaw Clinic. Summer Interns also may assist with planning and developing programming for BKC’s 25th anniversary event in the fall.
metaLAB (at) Harvard is a project of the Berkman Klein Center at the intersection of art & design, technology, and the humanities. We are a community of scholars, creatives, technologists, and educators dedicated to modeling new forms of cultural communication, critical practice, and knowledge production. We are seeking a part time (15-20 hours per week) student designer (graphic design, dataviz design, illustration, or other!) to join us on a nascent metaLAB project – part art, part science communication, and part public engagement – that seeks to understand, demystify, and visualize the various radio frequency technologies (such as wifi, cellular, bluetooth, and satellite) that provide the scaffolding for 21st century information and communication technologies. The output for this project will be multimodal and will likely include: publications, website, a public presentation, and an exhibition. The intern will work closely with metaLAB's Director of Art & Education, and will collaborate with other students and researchers in the metaLAB community. Candidates should have familiarity with internet studies, enjoy working collaboratively and iteratively – as well as independently – and be available to help out with additional metaLAB projects that may arise. **Please include a portfolio link in your cover letter, and indicate specific areas of design expertise/interest. Please indicate other skills as well that may be useful on the project, including research, writing, social media/communications, technical engineering, or web design/development.**
By leveraging advances in computer science, social science, statistics, and law, the Privacy Tools project aims to further the tremendous value that can come from collecting, analyzing, and sharing data while more fully protecting individual privacy. This effort seeks to translate the theoretical promise of new technical measures for privacy and data utility into definitions and measures of privacy and data utility, as well as practical computational, legal, and policy tools for enabling privacy-protective access to sensitive data in a variety of contexts. The Privacy Tools team at the Berkman Klein Center explores cross-disciplinary approaches to data privacy and devises new privacy frameworks, legal instruments, and policy recommendations that complement privacy-preserving technologies being developed in the project.
To support this work, they are looking for a rising second and third-year law student to assist with conducting research and analysis on topics related to privacy law and policy. Intern tasks may include researching and writing short legal memoranda on selected topics in privacy law and policy, drafting data sharing agreements, surveying recent publications in professional journals, contributing to the development of new tools for privacy and data sharing, participating in and presenting at project meetings, and attending lectures and events with privacy experts from a wide range of disciplines.
Professor Jonathan Zittrain has worked on projects related to the ethics and governance of artificial intelligence; battles for control of digital property; the regulation of cryptography; new privacy frameworks for loyalty to users of online services; the roles of intermediaries within Internet architecture; and the useful and unobtrusive deployment of technology in education. In the upcoming year, he will be diving further on projects related to machine learning and artificial intelligence. The summer intern will work directly with Professor Zittrain and Senior Research Coordinator Kalie Mayberry on a variety of projects across the summer.
Applicants should have an interest in machine learning and/or artificial intelligence, public policy, digital and internet issues. Technical programming experience and/or digital law experience is helpful but not required. The time commitment would range between 8 – 20 hours per week, depending on project needs and candidate availability.
The Institute for Rebooting Social Media will welcome a small, interdisciplinary cohort of undergraduate students with fresh ideas, curiosity, and creative drive to join its growing community of faculty, staff, scholars, and fellows this summer. These student interns will support the core RSM team in various projects and programs contributing to research, event support, project management, and documentation. Students will also dedicate a portion of their time to individual projects based on their unique interests, to be pitched in their applications. These individual projects may vary in stage and scope, while connected to RSM-related topics, such as (but not limited to) content governance, disinformation, online abuse, or new tech and tools. A successful project pitch will include the definition of a research problem, a proposal for how to solve the problem, and a description of how the solution will be evaluated for success or failure. A substantive curiosity about and passion for internet law, STS, computer science, tech policy, and/or related fields is required. Familiarity with research methodologies and strong technical skills might also be helpful in the execution of individual research projects. Hired interns can work part or full time, depending on project needs and candidate availability.