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Summer Internships with DataONE available

Monday, April 26, 2010

DataONE invites applications for summer research internships for undergraduates, graduate students and postgraduate (MS, PhD) students. As part of a larger virtual organization, interns will work in virtual groups of 2-3 with multiple mentors from DataONE, and are not expected to be at the same location or institution as the mentors and other team members.  Regular communication (including videoconference) with mentors and other team members will be needed.  Face-to-face meetings at the start and end of the session are currently planned, and any required travel will be fully paid for by DataONE. 

cover a range of topic areas including software development, library science, and sociotechnical aspects of scientific data.  They also vary in the extent and type of technical expertise required.  The interests and expertise of the applicants will determine which projects will be selected for the program.  Interns will have the opportunity to receive credit for their contribution to peer-reviewed papers and/or open source software tools.  Interns will also be encouraged to present their results at conferences and symposia.

ELIGIBILITY: The program is open to all undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral/post-masters students who are currently in, and eligible to work in, the United States and are at least 18 years of age by May 23, 2010. Applicants must also be enrolled or employed at a university or other accredited research institution; postgrads must have received their most recent degree within the past 5 years. Given the broad range of projects, there are no restrictions on academic backgrounds or field of study.  Interns are expected to be available approximately 40 hours/week during the internship period (noted below) with significant availability during normal business hours.  Interns from previous years are eligible to participate. 

SUPPORT: Interns will receive a stipend of $4,500 for participation, paid in two installments (one at the midterm and one at the conclusion of the program). In addition, required travel and communication expenses will be borne by DataONE.   Participation in the program after the midterm is contigent on prior performance.  Interns will need to supply their own computing equipment and Internet connection.

TO APPLY:  Applicants are requested to submit responses to a short questionnaire with their resume, and arrange for a letter of reference from a faculty member, researcher, or instructor.  All application materials must be submitted by midnight Pacific time on April 2, 2010.  For the list of projects and detailed application instructions, please see:

SCHEDULE: Applicants will be notified by April 19th.  The internship will run from May 24 - July 30th, and allowance will be made for interns who are unavailable to start on May 24th due to their academic or work schedule.