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Wis­sen­schafts­zen­trum Ber­lin für Sozi­al­for­schung gGmbH - Sozi­al­wis­sen­schaf­ten

Das Wis­sen­schafts­zen­trum Ber­lin für Sozi­al­for­schung (WZB) betreibt pro­blem­ori­en­tierte Grund­la­gen­for­schung. Unter­sucht wer­den Ent­wick­lun­gen, Pro­bleme und Inno­va­ti­ons­chan­cen moder­ner Gesell­schaf­ten. Die For­schung ist theo­rie­ge­lei­tet, pra­xis­be­zo­gen, oft lang­fris­tig ange­legt und meist inter­na­tio­nal ver­glei­chend.

Three-month spring/sum­mer intern­ships

within the pro­ject Innov­a­tions for Demo­cracy in Latin Amer­ica (LAT­INNO)

Work­ing field:

The LAT­INNO Pro­ject, based at the WZB Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Cen­ter, seeks mas­ter stu­dents in social sci­ences, pub­lic policy, and inter­na­tional rela­tions, for

three-month spring/sum­mer intern­ships within the pro­ject
Innov­a­tions for Demo­cracy in Latin Amer­ica (LAT­INNO)
at 100% of the stand­ard work­ing hours (full-time, cur­rently 39 hours per week)

This oppor­tun­ity provides par­ti­cipants with valu­able research exper­i­ence in the fields of Com­par­at­ive Polit­ics, Demo­cratic The­ory, and Latin Amer­ican Polit­ics, and offers an insight into the work and aca­demic pro­fes­sion­al­iz­a­tion dynam­ics at a prom­in­ent Ger­man research insti­tu­tion.

About the pro­ject
The LAT­INNO Pro­ject has pro­duced the first data­base on cit­izen par­ti­cip­a­tion and demo­cratic innov­a­tions in Latin Amer­ica. It com­prises data from 18 Latin Amer­ican coun­tries from 1990 to 2020. The data is coded for 43 vari­ables which reflect the con­text, insti­tu­tional design, and impact of demo­cratic innov­a­tions.
The pro­ject is now in its third phase, and our col­lab­or­a­tion will focus on the cod­ing, update and man­age­ment of large amounts of quant­it­at­ive and qual­it­at­ive data, the pro­duc­tion of aca­demic and non-aca­demic pub­lic­a­tions, and the organ­iz­a­tion of an Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence.
For more inform­a­tion, see https://latinno.wzb.eu/en/

About the intern­ship
You will join a small and act­ive team whose work­ing lan­guages are Span­ish and Eng­lish. You will par­ti­cip­ate in team meet­ings and will be entrus­ted with sup­port­ing research tasks within the pro­ject accord­ing to one of the fol­low­ing pro­files:

PRO­FILE I – DATA COD­ING
Your will identify and register cases of demo­cratic innov­a­tions and cit­izen par­ti­cip­a­tion in Latin Amer­ica. You will focus on updat­ing exist­ing cases and adding new ones to our data­base. You will inter­pret qual­it­at­ive data and code it accord­ing to quant­it­at­ive and qual­it­at­ive vari­ables, and will sup­port the devel­op­ment of the organ­iz­a­tion, con­ser­va­tion and pub­lic­a­tion strategy for our data. You will develop solid empir­ical research skills and gain valu­able exper­i­ence in data pro­cessing and man­age­ment.

PRO­FILE II – OUT­REACH
You will sup­port the devel­op­ment of an out­reach cam­paign to help with the dis­sem­in­a­tion of our research to non-aca­demic audi­ences. You will par­ti­cip­ate in the devel­op­ment of a social media strategy and our monthly news­let­ter. You will expand your net­work to aca­demic and non-aca­demic con­tacts in 18 Latin Amer­ican coun­tries.

Require­ments:

All applic­ants should meet the fol­low­ing con­di­tions:
  • Cur­rently enrolled in a Bach­elor (5+ semesters com­pleted) or Mas­ter pro­gram in polit­ical sci­ence, pub­lic policy, inter­na­tional rela­tions, or related fields
  • a doc­u­ment from the uni­versity con­firm­ing that the intern­ship is a man­dat­ory com­pon­ent of the degree
  • Flu­ency (nat­ive-speaker level) in Span­ish (or Por­tuguese)
  • Solid Eng­lish writ­ing skills
  • Excel­lent com­mand of Office Pack­age.

The fol­low­ing addi­tional skills for the respect­ive pro­files would be appre­ci­ated, but are not required:

PRO­FILE I
  • Pre­vi­ous exper­i­ence with qual­it­at­ive empir­ical research, or
  • Good com­mand of STATA or R.

PRO­FILE II
  • Pre­vi­ous exper­i­ence in social media man­age­ment or journ­al­ism,
  • Exper­i­ence or interest in aca­demic out­reach and com­mu­nic­a­tion with civil soci­ety organ­iz­a­tions.

What we of­fer:

Com­pens­a­tion of € 670,00 per month.

How to ap­ply:

Equally well qual­i­fied dis­abled per­sons will be given pri­or­ity. The WZB expressly invites women and people with an immig­rant back­ground to apply.

Applic­a­tion
Please send us a single PDF file with your updated CV, your most recent aca­demic scores, a cover let­ter telling us why you would like to obtain this intern­ship pos­i­tion and which PRO­FILE (I or II) suits you bet­ter, by 1 March 2020:

Sub­ject: Intern­ship Applic­a­tion – Pro­file I or II
Email: latinno@wzb.eu

For any fur­ther inquir­ies about the pro­ject or the pos­i­tions, please con­tact Mel­isa Ross at melisa.ross@wzb.eu