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Project Study Call: Research Internship with the CoronaNet Research Project

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The Chair for International Relations (Prof. Dr. Tim Büthe) invites applications for research internships for three and a half months, full time (or seven months part time). The research internships count for the 18 ECTS internship requirement for the HfP B.S.c/M.Sc. degree. Interns will contribute to building the CoronaNet Government Response Database and (under the direct supervision of members of the TUM-HfP CoronaNet team at the IR Chair) complete their internship project in that context.

The CoronaNet Research Project (https://www.coronanet-project.org) is an international research collaboration, led at TUM by Cindy Cheng and Luca Messerschmidt which aims to collect, analyze and make publicly available data on government policies adopted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since late March 2020, more than 600 researchers have collected information about more than 100,000 policies from all around the world at both the national and sub-national levels. This data tracks, among other information, the type of policy implemented, the geographic and human targets of the policy, and the timing of the policy. More information on the methodology for collecting the data can be found at: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-020-0909-7.

We are generally looking for project study students who can help us with data collection, data validation, data cleaning and project management of the CoronaNet database. We are in particular searching for someone with project management skills. Strong organisational and communication skills are a must for this position.

Qualified applicants should have substantial experience in working in collaborative research endeavors as well as the willingness to work with social science data and data collection. Applicants should note previous leadership experience or skills, where applicable, as well as evidence of attention to detail.  Proficiency in R is desirable but not required. Applicants with technical skills in web design, data management and/or data visualization should note them in their cover letter, though this is an optional qualification. Applicants should have a strong ability to communicate in spoken and written English; the ability to communicate in German is valuable but not required; please indicate your proficiency. 

The review of applications will begin June 25, 2022 and interviews will be held shortly after. If you wish to start by July 15, 2022, send your documents no later than June 30. To apply, please send the following materials to luca.messerschmidt@hfp.tum.de

  • Cover letter that details your relevant experience. Please include your reasons for applying for this particular position and your ideal start date
  • Current CV
  • Transcripts providing specific information about all of your university-level coursework and/or a list of courses that is informative about your substantive and methodological preparation, including the level at which each course was taken and the grade obtained