Job Posting

MDI is Hiring: Summer 2024 MDI Scholars

We are pleased to announce a call for applications for the Summer 2024 cohort of the MDI Scholars Program. For full consideration, the application deadline is Friday, March 22, 2024 at 11:59pm Eastern. Applications after this date may not be considered. We anticipate it will take approximately up to 1 hour to complete this application.

About the Program

The MDI Scholars program is an experiential learning opportunity for undergraduate and Master’s students to work on interdisciplinary research projects with professors and practitioners. These projects connect new forms of data and/or large-scale computing infrastructure to different public policy questions.


The Summer 2024 Cohort will work with researchers and practitioners to help advance knowledge on areas including forced migration, civil justice, environmental policy, misinformation, education, politics and polarization, health analytics, and other fields. MDI Scholars will not only gain valuable research skills, but they will also engage in research that will help shape future research at the intersection of public policy, data science, and other disciplines. Students will be expected to document their research in a MDI research poster as part of a research showcase, as well as a public-facing featured research post (approximately 1 page) for the MDI website. To learn more about MDI and the MDI Scholars program, please visit:


The Summer 2024 MDI Scholar Program is available to enrolled Georgetown University students. The Program provides motivated Georgetown students across disciplines the opportunity to engage in scholarly research. Coursework and/or previous research experience in computer science, data science, statistics, public policy and/or computational linguistics is preferred, but we encourage students of all majors to apply. Students should have a demonstrated interest and knowledge of working with large-scale data analysis and its implications in society.

Hiring Procedures and Criteria

Instead of a cover letter, please answer a few questions and share more information through the online application. Please provide the following information to the best of your ability.

Please note Georgetown Graduate students — must complete: 1) formal application through Hoyaworks (a cover letter is NOT needed in Hoyaworks) *and* 2) the google form application (below).

Georgetown Undergrad students — Complete only the google form application.

Job Requirements

During the summer, MDI Scholars are expected to work a minimum of 20 hours per week, up to 40 hours per week, depending on the project. In addition, MDI Scholars are required to attend monthly MDI Scholars meetings.

Rate of Pay

Students will be paid hourly; the expected compensation is $18/ hour for undergraduates and the GAGE GSA rate, $22/ hour for Master’s Students. (GAGE GSA rate will increase to $22.66 effective August 1, 2024.)

Mode of Work


Program Timeline

  • Application Deadline: For full consideration, please submit your application by March 22, 2024 at 11:59pm Eastern. Applications after this date may not be considered.
  • Interviews Begin: Week of April 8, 2024
  • Notification of selected MDI Scholars Begin: Week of April 22, 2024
  • Position start date: Summer Kick-off (tentative) Week of May 20, 2024
  • Position termination: August 16, 2024 with the possibility of extension to the Fall

About MDI

At Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy, the Massive Data Institute (MDI) is an interdisciplinary research institute that connects experts across computer science, data science, public health, public policy, and social science to tackle societal scale issues and impact public policy in a way that improves people’s lives through responsible evidence-based research. For more information on MDI and the MDI Scholars program, please visit:

EEO Statement

The Massive Data Institute at Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.