Summer 2021 Provost Experiential Fellowships: Project Descriptions

The Duke University Office of the Provost is offering a broad set of opportunities to support Ph.D. students during Summer 2021. A limited number of experiential fellowships hosted by partner organizations are available by application. See application details and FAQ.

American Historical Association

FILLED: Data Collection, Teaching Resources and Other Projects

Proposed start and end dates: 5/24/2021 to 8/20/2021

The American Historical Association (AHA) invites a Duke University predoctoral fellow for the summer of 2021 to work with the AHA’s Academic and Professional Affairs and Research and Publications staff on collecting data on history PhDs, making teaching resources available for instructors, and related projects. The Fellow would report to the AHA’s Director of Research and Publications. The fellow would gain valuable Career Diversity and teaching content experience, which will aid them in a career as faculty or outside the academy. In particular, the fellow will increase quantitative literacy and gain experience with collaboration by working on data projects, improve communication and digital literacy skills in drafting announcements and descriptions of projects and teaching resources, for AHA outlets, and gain intellectual self-confidence by learning new skills and gaining an introduction to the culture and processes of a non-profit organization. (Learn more about these skills at www.historians.org/five skills). The American Historical Association is the largest professional organization serving historians in all fields and all professions. The AHA has become a trusted voice for history education, the professional work of historians, and the critical role of historical thinking in public life. Learn more about our work on behalf of the entire discipline at www.historians.org.

Primary responsibilities/essential functions may include: Work closely with the AHA’s Career Diversity coordinator to update Where Historians Work (historians.org/wherehistorianswork), the largest discipline-specific online database of PhD career outcomes, and the 2004 “Bender report” on the status of doctoral education in history (www.historians.org/about-aha-and-membership/aha-history-and-archives/historical-archives/the-education-of-historians-for-the-twenty-first-century-(2004)). The fellow will assist in cleaning and creating data from data from web-scraping sources in order to update visualizations produced in 2017 for the public-facing, interactive tool, Where Historians Work; assist in analyzing survey results from a survey of PhD-granting departments and a survey of PhD and MA students, including help in drafting internal and external reports; contribute content for the AHA’s website and social media outlets, such as posts, articles or podcasts on AHA data efforts. Work closely with the AHA’s Director of Research and Publications to vet and update Remote Teaching Resources, which compiles materials and tools to help historians develop courses and teach remotely in online and hybrid environments (www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/remote-teaching-resources). The fellow will vet entries for the Remote Teaching Resources as needed; assist in uploading entries to Remote Teaching Resources. Attend regular meetings of AHA staff and assist on other projects as appropriate and needed.

Durham Technical CC Creative & Liberal Arts

FILLED: Curriculum Diversification for British Lit I & II

Proposed start and end dates: 5/18/2021 to 8/7/2021

Assist in a project to diversify the curriculum for important General Education courses — British Literature I and II — so they are inclusive of groups that are traditionally left out of the Western canon. This would include the following: connect with existing faculty and resources involved in similar projects, research work from underrepresented communities in British Literature, and create course content that can be accessed through Sakai by future instructors.

Equity Gaps in Student Success Rates

Proposed start and end dates: 5/17/2021 to 8/6/2021

This opportunity is for a PhD student to support selection and adaptation of an intervention to address equity gaps in student success rates in the community college classroom by addressing social factors affecting students. The intern will review the literature to find promising interventions and work with community college instructors to adapt the intervention so it can be piloted in a first-year composition class. This project may borrow interventions from other disciplines that address social determinants.

Health Humanities

Proposed start and end dates: 5/17/2021 to 8/6/2021

This is an opportunity to collaborate with the Dean of Creative and Liberal Arts and a team of five Humanities/Social Science faculty as they work to infuse health humanities content and pedagogical “best practices” into a designated cluster of community college core courses that serves as a gateway to health-related majors and professions. The project will involve reviewing Health Humanities literature and working with the Durham Tech team as they begin laying the groundwork for a multi-year effort.

Modern Language Association

MLA Programs

Proposed start and end dates: 5/24/2021 to 8/6/2021

Based in New York City, the Modern Language Association is a mission-driven professional association that promotes the study and teaching of languages and literatures through its programs, publications, annual convention, and advocacy work. The MLA exists to support the intellectual and professional lives of its members; it provides opportunities for members to share their scholarly work and teaching experiences with colleagues, discuss trends in the academy, and advocate humanities education and workplace equity. The association aims to advance the many areas of the humanities in which its members currently work, including literature, language, writing studies, screen arts, digital humanities, pedagogy, and library studies.

Under the supervision of Dennis Looney, Director of Programs, we invite an advanced doctoral student to intern remotely in the Office of Programs in order to work on several projects listed below. This internship is an opportunity to learn to apply your humanistic interests and expertise outside a traditional teaching position and to develop marketable skills that will be valuable in both traditional academic work and in the larger humanities ecosystem of cultural institutions, non-profits, foundations, and other mission-driven organizations.

Help staff organize, market, and run a two-week professional development seminar, “Why Humanities Now,” scheduled for June 2-10, 2021. The seminar includes plenary sessions, breakout discussion groups, and workshops. Help with an ongoing project to design, develop, and market a toolkit of resources (books, articles, data sources, curricular models, professional statements and guidelines, etc.) to help department leaders and their faculty members with the following: Understand their programs in the context of national trends and conditions. Undertake curriculum review, teacher training, and professional development. Develop strategies to defend and promote their programs and majors. Develop innovative courses that increase enrollments in the humanities. Address institution-specific concerns on funding, resources, and governance. Promote effective dialogue and create community within programs. Develop appropriate tools for assessment of student learning. Similar to above: help staff organize materials for the 2021-2022 Summer Teaching Institutes online in a webinar format–particularly an orientation to reading-writing pedagogy at access oriented institutions (AOIs). On the Institutes in 2019, see page three of this issue of the MLA Newsletter. 2020 Institutes were postponed due to the pandemic. Shift some offerings from MLA Career Services into online formats and work with staff developing programming for the MLA Convention.

Museum of Durham History

Oral Histories from Durham Community Members

Proposed start and end dates: 5/31/2021 to 8/6/2021

The Museum of Durham History is a 21st-century museum that uses stories about people, places and things to foster curiosity, encourage further inquiry, and promote an understanding of diverse perspectives about the Durham community and its history. The Museum’s primary collection consists of oral histories recorded from members of the Durham community. These stories are made publicly accessible through the Museum’s SoundCloud and YouTube channels. As the Museum grows, it has explored opportunities to expand its oral history program with the use of new technologies. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Museum developed several online submission methods and is seeking an intern that can help expand the program through community engagement initiatives.

Key responsibilities may include: conducting oral-history interviews with community members; archiving story submissions; creating materials for marketing the oral history program (blog posts, social media posts, audio/visual vignettes, etc.). Qualifications and skills: graduate student pursuing a degree in American history, museum studies, or a related field; excellent communication skills; archival experience; basic knowledge of Durham and North Carolina history; ability to work independently as well as in a team. Preferred skills: experience writing for a general audience; oral history interviewing; audio/visual editing; website/blog development; Microsoft Office proficiency.

National Humanities Alliance

FILLED: Campus Outreach and Engagement

Proposed start and end dates: 6/1/2021 to 8/20/2021

Who we are: The National Humanities Alliance (NHA) is a nationwide coalition of organizations advocating for the humanities on campuses, in communities, and on Capitol Hill. Founded in 1981, NHA is supported by over 200 member organizations, including: colleges, universities, libraries, museums, cultural organizations, state humanities councils, and scholarly, professional, and higher education associations. It is the only organization that brings together the U.S. humanities community as a whole.

What we do: Cultivate support for federal funding for the humanities. Promote the public value of the humanities. Promote the value of studying the humanities. Convene the humanities community to explore best practices for advocating for the humanities on campus, in communities, and on Capitol Hill.

The project: As a part of NHA’s ongoing work to promote the value of undergraduate humanities education and publicly engaged teaching and scholarship, we seek an intern to lead outreach efforts to minority-serving and access-oriented institutions for our Humanities for All and Study the Humanities initiatives, which are supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The goal of these efforts is to surface and highlight exciting publicly engaged projects and undergraduate recruitment efforts being undertaken at minority-serving and access-oriented institutions that might otherwise not receive the attention they deserve among the humanities communities.

The initiatives: Humanities for All documents and promotes publicly engaged humanities work in U.S. higher education, including the full range of humanities research, teaching, preservation, infrastructure, and programming conducted with and for diverse public partners. We are particularly interested in identifying the infrastructure that supports this work, which enriches all involved: building and strengthening communities; creating innovative and practical learning experiences for people of all ages and backgrounds; offering public forums for meaningful dialogue; and advancing humanities scholarship that broadens our understanding of ourselves, our nation, and our world. Study the Humanities serves to strengthen humanities recruitment efforts across the country. There are three key components of the initiative: Researching effective recruitment strategies and developing resources that showcase the range of approaches. Aggregating existing data and articles into a toolkit that presents six arguments for studying the humanities as an undergraduate. Convening the community of faculty and administrators committed to attracting more undergraduates to the humanities

Who you are: A graduate student in the humanities who is passionate about elevating important work in the humanities at minority-serving and access-oriented institutions. Interested in learning about how the humanities serve the public good. Interested in supporting efforts to attract more undergraduates to the humanities, particularly traditionally underrepresented students. Able to work remotely. Detail-oriented and a self-starter. Interested in gaining experience in database/spreadsheet management and survey design.

What you will do at NHA: The Campus Outreach and Engagement Intern will work with our Research Associate, Project Directors, and NHA executive leadership to conduct research and outreach concerning humanities recruitment efforts and publicly engaged teaching and scholarship at minority-serving and access-oriented institutions. They will become familiar with the publicly engaged humanities, innovations in undergraduate humanities education, the national network of minority-serving institutions, and the community of higher education associations and advocacy organizations in Washington, D.C.

Activities may include: Conducting a landscape review of publicly engaged humanities work and efforts to attract undergraduates to the humanities happening at minority-serving and access-oriented institutions around the country. Working with the Research Associate to design and distribute a survey to faculty and administrators at minority-serving and access-oriented institutions around the country to collect information about undergraduate recruitment efforts and publicly engaged work in the humanities on their campuses. Interviewing project directors to learn more about their initiatives and how they have built and sustained them successfully. Assembling a database of institutions, programs, and contacts surfaced through research. Working with the Study the Humanities Project Director to produce resources highlighting effective strategies for recruiting and engaging traditionally underrepresented students in the humanities throughout their undergraduate careers. Working with the Humanities for All Project Director to produce resources and writing for the Humanities for All and NHA blogs that highlight successful strategies for creating publicly engaged projects without major grant support as well as gathering lists of projects that center social and racial justice. Participating in staff meetings via Zoom. Performing other duties relevant to the work of a higher education association, as assigned.

National Humanities Center

Pandemic Experiences of Healthcare and University Systems

Proposed start and end dates: 6/1/2021 to 8/20/2021

The National Humanities Center has recently launched an initiative to collect the experiences of healthcare workers during the COVID-19pandemic. The first phase of this project is currently underway at Duke University, in partnership with the Trent Center, Duke Health, and the Duke School of Medicine. Medical student participants are being trained in oral history and documentary-based methods through an extracurricular, semester-long program designed and administered by an NHC staff member and Trent consultant who holds a Ph.D. in the Humanities from Duke. The project has received pedagogical and technical support from consultants in Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies. In partnership with Duke Hospital and Duke Health facilities, these students will engage with employees from different sectors including medical personnel, environmental service workers, and transport and food preparation staff to document their experiences during this time of crisis. In this way, the initiative will address a gap in existing pandemic narratives which often overlook or minimize the contributions of those in healthcare settings who work in less visible but essential roles.

The resulting open-source archive of experiences and reflections is intended to enable future scholarly research into this unprecedented time in our history. For non-academic individuals and community members who access this archive, it will provide an opportunity to re-conceptualize their own experiences of the pandemic as part of a broader, more inclusive narrative. The footage and recordings collected will also be used in the future to produce a documentary and related exhibits to raise public awareness about the crisis and the connections that it created between healthcare workers, patients, and communities. Phase II of the initiative, expected to launch this summer, will expand the project to healthcare and university systems in five different regions of the United States.

We are seeking a Ph.D. graduate student intern for the summer to contribute in the following ways: assist the project manager with development and modification of curricular and pedagogical materials intended to support training in oral history methods for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students; assist the project manager with student mentoring and coordination of history collection; assist with metadata management, interview transcription, and curation for the project archive and database; assist with research into national and regional funding opportunities and grant-writing efforts; assist with creation and dissemination of promotional and publicity materials; assist with administrative outreach for our national partners to ensure a smooth expansion of the initiative to select regional universities and healthcare delivery systems.

NC Department of Justice

Consumer Protection Division

Proposed start and end dates: 5/24/2021 to 8/20/2021

The Consumer Protection Division of the North Carolina Department of Justice works to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive trade practices and, among other things, brings legal cases to obtain refunds for consumers. What follows are 3 potential internship projects.

The first project is a perception-focused project that would explore ways to improve disclosures consumers receive from companies and explore ways to make consumer choices more informed. For example, consumers are faced with many Internet disclosures and privacy policies that are lengthy and complicated, and some studies show that these disclosures are not often not designed in a way whereby consumers fully understand all the significant terms and conditions. This project would explore possible ways to craft disclosures that would be better understood by consumers. The ultimate goal would be to have a written paper reflecting recommended options for improved disclosures and choice in various consumer contexts and discussing the research ad basis behind each recommendation or option.

The second project would explore ways to use technological tools to obtain information from the Internet or other sources that would provide our office with additional information that would help us identify matters where consumers are being harmed and may need protection. Currently, our office receives, among other things, complaints from individual consumers regarding problems they are experiencing with companies. We use this information, along with other types of information, to help inform our decisions to bring investigations or lawsuits. This project would explore whether there are ways to use technological tools or data analytics to compile, in an easy to understand fashion, information from other sources on the Internet that would provide us with helpful information we could use to inform such decisions. The ultimate goal would be to have a paper reflecting various options for collecting and utilizing such information.

The third project would involve using statistics, data analytics, or other methods to determine optimal options for allocating money obtained in a multistate settlement in which a company has reached a settlement with a large group of states. Sometimes our office works with other states to reach consumer protection settlements involving companies that engaged in conduct on a nationwide basis. Often, we need to divide up one settlement amount among all the participating states. This project would examine past models that have been used for allocation and explore whether there are other possible methods of allocation that could be used that would measure, for example, harm or impact that occurred in various states, the work expended by different tiers of states on the multistate matter, and other factors that might be used to treat states equitably under the circumstances and maximize participation by as many states as possible. The ultimate goal would be to have a paper that reflecting various allocation methodologies and the pros and cons of each of them.

All of these projects would involve direct interaction with the Director of the Consumer Protection Division, meetings with other Division personnel involved in the issue, and otherwise expose the intern to the practical nature and impact of the work being done on the project. The details of the projects summarized above could also be modified as necessary, based on ideas provided by the intern.

Society of Biblical Literature

Bible Odyssey

Proposed start and end dates: 6/21/2021 to 8/20/2021

The Bible Odyssey Intern will conduct user research for the website BibleOdyssey.org, the leading edge of SBL’s public engagement and digital humanities. Funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and launched in 2014, the site currently receives 11,000 visits per day (four million each year). Its users include the general public, journalists, and religious educators, and it is used in high schools, religious congregations, community colleges, and college classrooms. Bible Odyssey is managed by SBL Press, a member of the Association of University Presses.

The SBL Bible Odyssey Intern will help design and conduct focus groups and surveys in order to understand the behavior and interests among discrete categories of users (personas). The outcome of the focus groups and surveys will be a report to highlight the impact of Bible Odyssey for the NEH and other stakeholders, and a report to outline specifications (functionality and content) for a site redesign that even better serves its users. In the course of this work, the intern will collaborate with external partners, including the National Humanities Alliance. The candidate should be digitally adept, have project management skills, excellent communication skills (oral and written), the ability to work with different stakeholders and interest groups, including staff, external collaborators, and the public. Internally, the intern will work under the direct supervision of Bob Buller, SBL Press Director, Press staff Nicole Tilford (PhD, Emory University) and Jonathan Potter (PhD, Emory University), as well as the Executive Director, John F. Kutsko (PhD, Harvard University).

RTI International

Alternative Energy Options

Proposed start and end dates: 5/24/2021 to 8/20/2021

To address debates around the existential threat of climate change, RTI Press is starting a new book series entitled Alternative Energy Options in a Carbon-Constrained World. The intern will work with the series editor Dr. David Dayton and RTI Press staff to shape the series, including developing topics and content for three or more volumes, identifying state of the art research, and networking with related experts.

Responsibilities: Planning and coordinating input on topics for specific books; Drafting literature reviews to define and narrow the scope of future volumes; Developing book outlines and identifying experts as potential contributing authors; Collaborating with RTI subject matter experts and RTI Press staff on the book series.

Required Qualifications: Major in STEM disciplines with emphasis on energy-related topics; Demonstrated experience in scientific literature searches; Excellent written communication skills; Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

Preferred Qualifications: Interest and expertise to contribute content to specific volumes; Familiarity with reference citation software, such as EndNote.

Behavioral and Physiological Markers of Health

Proposed start and end dates: 5/24/2021 to 8/20/2021

The intern will work to support the project team in collecting, extracting and analyzing data to support an ongoing systematic review. Furthermore, the intern will contribute to manuscripts synthesizing data extracted from the review efforts.

The use of sensor-based measurement to assess behavioral and physiological markers of health has exponentially increased among interdisciplinary researchers over the past several decades. Specific to the field of physical activity, accelerometers are frequently used as an objective marker to assess frequency, intensity, and duration of physical activity to inform public health initiatives. Despite increased use of sensor-based measurement techniques for a diverse set of health markers and long-standing use of accelerometry to measure physical activity, there is a lack of consensus on the factors that yield higher consent to sensor-based data collection, greater return of devices distributed for data collection and adherence to data collection protocols. Each of these factors is essential to ensure initiatives leveraging sensor-based data collection are cost-efficient and yield data that are complete, representative and of high-quality.

RTI initiated a systematic review of factors associated with consent, device-return and adherence to data collection protocols in all observational studies with a sample size of at least 500 adults that use accelerometers to measure physical activity. We identified 145 studies that met our criteria, but we have found that few have published on all the factors of interest. The intern will assist with contacting a random sample of studies to record this information. Additionally, the intern will contribute to manuscripts synthesizing newly collected data and data synthesized from publications already identified through our systematic review.

Responsibilities: Contributing to manuscripts for publication; Extracting and synthesizing data from published articles; Contacting study teams to gather unpublished data; Data cleaning and analysis; Collaborative work within an interdisciplinary team.

Required Qualifications: Currently enrolled (for the duration of the internship) PhD student; Excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as strong interpersonal skills; Demonstrated knowledge of quantitative research methodologies; Demonstrated experience in data cleaning and preparation; Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

Preferred Qualifications: Previous record of contributions to peer-reviewed publications; Previous experience conducting a systematic review; Proficient with EndNote.

Climate Change Economic Impacts

Proposed start and end dates: 5/24/2021 to 8/20/2021

This internship will focus on quantifying the economic impact of the impacts of climate change (e.g. flooding, drought). One application would be to estimate increased incidence of inland flooding and its economic impact on infrastructure. RTI economists are interested in developing data and modeling resources that can provide improved estimates of increased environmental damage to infrastructure in the US (consider global applications) with climate change. Economic estimates of damages from climate change is a developing field of critical importance to evaluating climate policies. Another application would be to develop spatially explicit economic characterizations of buildings and infrastructure for certain geographies that could be intersected with flood and other climate impact projections.

Responsibilities: Develop clearly-documented, well-organized computer programs to manage and visualize data on weather events, physical infrastructure, and land; Contribute to original research article(s) demonstrating the novelty and value of work completed; Provide regular, clear written and verbal communication on methods, results, and project status.

Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree concentration in computer science, mathematics, economics, or related field; Experience with multiple programming languages; Experience with climate, infrastructure, and/or land topics.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience with climate model data output; Experience with hydrology and/or GIS; Experience with physical infrastructure data and/or engineering.

Climate Solutions Impact

Proposed start and end dates: 5/24/2021 to 8/20/2021

As part of the Paris Agreement to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, countries have recently submitted pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Natural climate solutions, including forest and agriculture sector abatement activities, are prominent components of these pledges, as articulated in countries National Determined Contributions (NDCs). The goal of this internship will be to examine the role of natural climate solutions in the 2020 and 2021 NDC submissions, and identify to the extent the magnitude of anticipated emission reductions from these mitigation activities. This information will be used by the project team to estimate global mitigation quantities and costs under alternative scenarios representing varying levels of NDC ambition.

Responsibilities: Reviewing and synthesizing the LULUCF components of country’s Nationally Determined Contribution submissions and other National Communications to the UNFCCC; Generating estimates of the magnitude of emissions reductions from pledged mitigation actions, using historical inventory data and other literature; Collaborating with a project team to conduct economic analyses of mitigation commitments; Assisting with report writing and manuscript development.

Required Qualifications: Familiarity with international climate change policy context including the Paris Agreement and the Global Stocktake process; Knowledge of natural climate solutions, including forestry or agriculture mitigation activities; Demonstrated experience reviewing academic literature and government reports; Strong oral and written communication skills.

East Africa Energy Program Impact

Proposed start and end dates: 5/24/2021 to 8/20/2021

Working under the guidance of the East Africa Energy Program Senior Management Team, the intern will design and conduct a most significant change study of the influence the program has had on the enabling environment around grid-based energy sector in Kenya. EAEP seeks to gain better understanding of the influence program activities have had on sector practices, resilience, and policy.

Responsibilities: Design MSC study protocol; Determine stakeholders to be interviewed; Conduct interviews with stakeholders; Select most significant stories; Draft final study report and presentation slides.

Required Qualifications: Currently enrolled in a relevant degree program; Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with qualitative survey methodologies (MSC preferred); Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge of or experience in one or more East African countries; Some knowledge of energy sector and its role in development.

Economic Impact Modeling

Proposed start and end dates: 5/24/2021 to 8/20/2021

The intern will be supporting the IDG-LEED Energy team’s efforts in modeling the economic impacts of our interventions in East Africa (likely focused solely on Kenya for the internship). We are developing a framework to estimate the economic impacts, at a sectoral level, from our interventions in the on- and off-grid sectors. Impact examples include, but are not limited to, indirect and induced employment, changes in economic activity, etc.

Responsibilities: Assisting in development of a survey instrument; Data curation and compilation; Drafting literature review; Visualization and summarization of modeling outputs; Inputs to a draft manuscript.

Required Qualifications: Currently enrolled graduate student who is studying one of the following fields: Economics, Energy Policy, and/or Environmental Policy; Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office; Proficient in the use of STATA and/or R; Excellent oral and written communication skills; Demonstrated knowledge of quantitative research methodologies.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience with economic impact modeling; Working knowledge of energy access in low/middle income countries.

Energy Modeling

Proposed start and end dates: 5/24/2021 to 8/20/2021

This internship will focus on computer modeling of energy and economic systems with an ideal focus on electricity. One application would be to develop a “synthetic network” representation of transmission on the electricity grid that would replicate local marginal prices. RTI economists are developing more refined temporal and spatial resolutions of electricity markets for studying carbon policies, electrification, and deep decarbonization scenarios. Another application would be to develop temporally, spatially, and sectorally disaggregated electricity demand profiles by end user for electrification analysis within a partial or general equilibrium economic modeling framework.

Responsibilities: Develop clearly-documented, well-organized computer programs to manage and visualize data and simulate electricity system behavior; Contribute to original research article(s) demonstrating the novelty and value of work completed; Provide regular, clear written and verbal communication on methods, results, and project status.

Required Qualifications: Experience with multiple programming languages; Bachelor’s degree concentration in computer science, mathematics, economics, or related field; Experience with energy topics, especially electricity.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience programming different forms of mathematical models; Demonstrated knowledge of electricity system power flow engineering.

Fossil Fuel and Electricity Characterization

Proposed start and end dates: 5/24/2021 to 8/20/2021

This internship will focus on characterizing fossil fuel and electricity use in residential and commercial buildings and/or industrial processes (e.g. iron and steel). One application would be to characterize sector and end-use specific fuel and electricity consumption and identify electrification technology options. RTI economists are developing data and modeling resources to characterize the temporal and spatial distribution of economy-wide costs, environmental benefits, and electricity system investments required to support large-scale electrification. The work will focus on specific sectors, their energy uses, existing capital stocks, and novel technology options.

Responsibilities: Develop clearly-documented, well-organized computer programs to manage and visualize data and simulate electrification of energy infrastructure; Contribute to original research article(s) demonstrating the novelty and value of work completed; Provide regular, clear written and verbal communication on methods, results, and project status.

Required Qualifications: Experience with multiple programming languages; Bachelor’s degree concentration in computer science, mathematics, economics, or related field; Experience with energy topics.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience programming different forms of mathematical models; Demonstrated knowledge of energy technology engineering concepts.

FILLED: Governance and Youth Economic Opportunities

Proposed start and end dates: 5/24/2021 to 8/20/2021

The Governance and Youth Economic Opportunities (GYEO) is interested in further developing its understanding and use of applied Social Network Analysis (SNA) methods in support of program design and evaluation. GYEO has conducted two SNAs in the past two years and will be undertaking additional studies soon. This internship will advance methodological sophistication while also improving RTI’s ability to communicate the methods and results more clearly.

Responsibilities: Developing Social Network Analysis (SNA) methods and approaches for use on international development projects; conducting SNA research on active projects or in support of new proposals; creating user friendly SNA guides and reports; contributing to webinars, brown-bags, and other community of practice events that grow RTI’s SNA knowledge base.

Required Qualifications: Demonstrated knowledge of Social Network Analysis (SNA) methods and trends; Experience with communicating research for general audiences; Experience working on international development projects or in international research projects in developing countries; Excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as strong interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience with data visualization; Experience with “how-to” guide development.

Innovation Advisors

Proposed start and end dates: 5/24/2021 to 8/20/2021

The Innovation Consulting Intern will be mentored by and work with the Innovation Advisors and staff to conduct tasks related to market research and commercialization of new technologies that are often outside the scope of a candidate’s current study or experience.

Responsibilities: Conduct research using secondary resources (published company information, SEC filings, scholarly journals, trade literature, and news articles), as well as primary resources (phone interviews) when needed; provide insightful analysis of opportunities identified during primary and secondary research in written and oral formats; develop marketing descriptions of new technologies and conduct research in a wide range of technology areas and industries; understand business and legal issues related to commercialization of new technologies; apply general technical acumen and scientific skills to evaluate a variety of technologies.

Required Qualifications: Demonstrated comfort and willingness to regularly work outside the scope of the candidate’s technical field of study, including communication with technical experts; Detail-oriented and able to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team; Exceptional written and oral communication, time management, and analytical skills.

Preferred Qualifications: Preferred field of study is in engineering or science, with a career interest in innovation, technology commercialization and consulting; Experience in fields such as electrical engineering, software, and data management systems is a plus; Knowledge of or previous experience with product or process development, portfolio mapping/valuation, market research, technology evaluation, and/or technology transfer.

Substance Use, Gender, and Applied Research Program

Proposed start and end dates: 5/24/2021 to 8/20/2021

RTI International is looking for a current Duke University Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (or similar discipline) PhD-level graduate student for apart-time Research Assistant Intern within the Substance Use, Gender, and Applied Research program. This position will provide the opportunity to expand their knowledge of multidisciplinary research focused on gender, substance use addiction, HIV, and intersectional stigma. Specifically, the intern will assist across national and international projects in South Africa that seek to reduce substance use, HIV, risk behaviors, gender violence, and stigma; promote treatment effectiveness and compliance; and enhance family and community support in addressing substance use and related gender issues in underserved populations in community-based settings, in a variety of ways.

Responsibilities: Report writing, preparation for project meetings, maintaining organization of files; Data cleaning and editing of project databases; Quantitative/qualitative data analysis; Support on proposal development and research project deliverables; Prepare research manuscripts and presentations.

Required Qualifications: Currently enrolled doctorate-level Duke graduate student in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences or similar major; Previous experience in assisting with HIV-focused randomized control trials; Excellent writing abilities; Strong interest and commitment to HIV gender-related prevention interventions; Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint) and the Internet.

Preferred Qualifications: Energy, enthusiasm, and passion to improve the lives of others; Exceptional communication and analytical skills; Great attention to detail and works well with others, willingness to be flexible; Ability to plan, anticipate, and manage multiple tasks.

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