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Job Opportunity: Intern, Technology and Democracy

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Data-Pop Alliance is looking for a Research and content intern for the Technology and Democracy Program. We are an international non-profit “think-and-do-tank” created in 2013 by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), the MIT Media Lab and ODI. We bring together researchers, experts, practitioners, and activists to “Change the world with data” through three pillars of work: diagnosing local realities and human problems with data and AI; mobilizing capacities, communities, and ideas towards more data literate societies, and transforming the systems and processes that underpin our societies and countries. 

DPA has partnered with and received funding from organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank, UNDP, FAO, UN ESCWA, GIZ (German development agency), the Vodafone Institute, Oxfam México and other key international stakeholders to develop projects in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), the Middle-East and North Africa (MENA), and Asia. To learn more about DPA, please visit our website or read our “Outlook and Overview” annual reports for 2019-20, 2020-22 and 2021-23

DPA’s projects are managed and carried out by a core team of about 25 people, including Directors, Managers, Officers, Data Scientists, Research Assistants, and Interns.

Dates: 5 months, full-time (December 2023 to April 2024)

Location: Remote. Preferably from Latin America.

Reporting to the Program Director and Project Managers in the “Technology and Democracy” program and working closely with the Strategic Communications Director will have the opportunity to collaborate on multiple projects with international partner organizations and produce content and research in the fields of mis-disinformation, Data4Development, and other human and digital rights topics. More particularly, the intern will support the trilingual book clubs “Among Cyborgs and Feminists” (English, Spanish, Portuguese).

“Among Cyborgs and Feminists” is not your typical book club; it’s a dynamic exploration at the intersection of technology, gender, and society. As an intern, you’ll have the unique opportunity to dive deep into the thought-provoking realms of artificial intelligence’s impact on issues like race, gender bias, and social equity, all while uncovering how technology is shaping the narratives of colonization and data privacy. Join us as we dissect these pressing questions and work together to envision inclusive and empowering futures in the ever-evolving landscape of technology and feminism. 

Among others, primary activities for the Research and Content Intern include:

Scope of Work

Research and Content Creation (45%)

  • Conduct research tasks as assigned, including literature reviews and background research on topics related to the book and movie club themes, such as artificial intelligence and its implications on race, gender, and class, the use of technology as a tool of colonization, data privacy, and inclusive and empowering technologies for women and minorities.
  • Develop social media content for the book-movie club, ideally in 3 languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese), including script writing and copy creation, liaising with Graphic Designer to produce graphic content.
  • Monitor social media and media engagement.
  • Prepare briefs and presentations summarizing key insights and findings related to the book and movie club topics, ideally in 3 languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese).

Community Engagement (50%)

  • Assist in organizing and facilitating the “Between Cyborgs and Feminists” book club meetings and events, including 3 monthly videoconferences with participants and special guests. 
  • Promote community engagement and participation in book club activities through content moderation, aiming to foster an inclusive and empowering environment for all book club participants.
  • Leading e-mailing campaigns, including weekly summarizing latest exchanges in book club and relevant news, as well as reminders for reading / watching / participating in virtual events.
  • Be responsible for communication channels with book and movie club participants, address inquiries, and gather feedback to improve the book club experience.
  • Support outreach to relevant influencers, stakeholders and organizations that can help us promote this initiative.

Other tasks (5%)

  • Participate in meetings, brainstorm sessions and related activities
  • Stay informed about emerging topics and developments in the fields of technology, ethics, and gender studies to enrich book club discussions.
  • Other tasks and duties as required.

Profile/Qualifications

  • Recent graduate (or student in last semester of university) with a degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, Literature & Art, International Relations, Political Science, or other social science fields. 
  • Strong interest in topics at the intersection of technology and artificial intelligence, and  intersectionality and gender, proven by previous academic projects, volunteer work of professional experience.
  • Previous experience supporting content creation for social media, digital campaigns and/or content moderation. 
  • Excellent writing skills in English, Spanish and Portuguese (ideally fluent in the 3 languages).
  • Video editing skills will be considered a plus.
  • Strong digital communication skills, including managing and monitoring social media channels and tools (e.g. Google Analytics, Mailchimp, Eventbrite).
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and remote productivity tools (Drive, Slack, Zoom, Google Calendar, etc.). 
  • Ability to work with people from different cultural backgrounds.
  • Highly proactive, analytical and organized.
  • Comfortable with remote teams and processes. 

Renumeration

500 USD per month 

Recruitment Process

Qualified candidates are requested to submit a CV and a short cover letter to jobs@datapopalliance.org with the subject line “R2023013_P6 Intern” by December 7, 2024, 6:00 pm EST. Candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so early application is strongly encouraged.

Please note that only complete applications submitted in English will be considered. Due to the large volume of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Also, rename each document you’ll submit with your name, the position and the type of document you are submitting. Ie. FIRSTNAME LASTNAME_Position_CV.

Equal opportunity

Data-Pop Alliance employs personnel without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, color, ethnic origin, language, citizenship, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, physical and/or mental handicap or financial ability. While remaining alert and sensitive to the issue of fair and equitable treatment for all, Data-Pop Alliance has a special concern with the participation and advancement of members of four designated groups that have traditionally been disadvantaged in employment: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.

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