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Spring 2024 MDI Scholar Job Description

We are excited to announce a call for applications for the Spring 2024 cohort of the MDI Scholars Program. For full consideration, the application deadline is December 8th, 2023 at 11:59pm Eastern. We will accept applications until Friday, December 15, 2023 at 11:59pm Eastern. We anticipate it will take approximately up to 1 hour to complete this application.

The Spring 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. 

ELIGIBILITY: The Spring 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 PROCEDURE 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 academic year, MDI Scholars are expected to work up to 20 hours a week, depending on the project. Students can not exceed more than 20 hours for all Georgetown jobs during the academic term. 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.


PROGRAM TIMELINE (subject to change)

  • Application Deadline:  For full consideration, please submit your application by December 8, 2023 at 11:59pm Eastern. We will accept applications until Friday, December 15, 2023 at 11:59pm Eastern.
  • Interviews: Week of Dec 18, 2023
  • Notification of selected MDI Scholars: Week of Jan 5, 2024
  • Position start date: Spring Kick-off (tentative) Week of Jan 17, 2024
  • Position termination: May 17, 2024 with the possibility of extension to the Summer

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. 

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.

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