We’re Hiring! – A Paid Design & Communications Intern

Data-Pop Alliance is looking for a part-time Design & Communications Intern to join our team in New York City for November and December - two months to start with the possibility of extension through the spring of 2016. The position is paid and will be based in NYC. About Us Data-Pop Alliance is a global coalition on Big Data and development created by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, MIT Media Lab, and Overseas Development Institute that brings together researchers, experts, practitioners and activists to promote a people-centered Big Data revolution through collaborative research, capacity building, and community engagement. data-pop-alliance-screen-square-bgwhiteWe focus on five thematic areas:
  • Politics and Governance
  • Official and Population Statistics
  • Peacebuilding and Violence
  • Climate Change and Resilience
  • Data Ethics and Literacy
Data-Pop Alliance is an interdisciplinary coalition of partners and affiliates with world class expertise in computer science, statistics, development economics, political science, conflict analysis, environmental sciences, epidemiology, and more, led by a core team based and incubated in New York City by ThoughtWorks NYC. Our leadership is composed of Emmanuel Letouzé as Director and Co-Founder based in NYC, Patrick Vinck as Co-Director and Co-Founder based at HHI, Prof. Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland as Academic Director at MIT Media Lab, Claire Melamed and Emma Samman as Co-Directors for ODI, and Phuong Pham as Co-Director for HHI. Our current portfolio of projects involves working with Colombia’s National Statistical Office on research and training activities, co-organizing the 2015 Cartagena Data Festival with several UN agencies and other organizations, developing a series of training workshops and pedagogical material on Big Data and development, as well as writing and publishing empirical research and white papers on several Big Data and development-related topics with funding from various donors. During the United Nations 70th General Assembly, we were involved in the launch of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, the International Responsible Data Group, and side events such as Beyond Data Literacy, and Strengthening Capacities in Developing Countries. We are working on Inputs to the World Development Report 2016, coordinating an event in Paris in December that coincides with COP21, and much more. About You You have a passion for communications, design, media, and technology, and you want to apply your skills to a development and policy project. You are able to master some of the latest media and web-based tools and platforms and want to continue building your expertise. You are committed and meticulous, creative and autonomous, curious and precise. You can tweet, code, and design incredible layouts for papers and presentations. You exhibit an extremely meticulous attention to detail. You are interested in all things Big Data and development. What You Will Do As our Design & Communications Intern you will:
  • Update the new Data-Pop Alliance website (we just launched it) and ensure the integration of new content and interfaces
  • Assist in updating Data-Pop Alliance’s social media handles and presence in close collaboration with our Communications Strategist
  • Contribute written and visual content to our website including blog posts, news, and a “links we liked” series
  • Stay on top of current events in Big Data and development and add them to our calendar
  • Assist in design and light editing and laying out of key publications
  • Work out of our incubators’ offices at ThoughtWorks NYC, 2 days a week for the duration of the assignment, reporting to Data-Pop Alliance’s Communications Strategist
Please send interest and inquiries to Lauren Barrett, Communications Strategist, at lbarrett@datapopalliance.org, and include in your email:
  • A few lines about why you are applying and think you would be a great fit for the position
  • A detailed CV highlighting your relevant experiences
  • A short writing sample or project description of about 500 words about Big Data and development

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