The Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE, http://dataone.org) is a
virtual organization dedicated to providing open, persistent, robust, and
secure access to biodiversity, ecology, and environmental data. DataONE is
supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation, with headquarters at the
University of New Mexico.
DataONE invites applications for summer research internships for
undergraduates, graduate students and postgraduate (MS, PhD) students. As
part of a larger virtual organization, interns will work in virtual groups
of 2-3 with multiple mentors from DataONE, and are not expected to be at the
same location or institution as the mentors and other team members. Regular
communication (including videoconference) with mentors and other team
members will be needed. Face-to-face meetings at the start and end of the
session are currently planned, and any required travel will be fully paid
for by DataONE.
Projects cover a range of topic areas including software development,
library science, and sociotechnical aspects of scientific data. They also
vary in the extent and type of technical expertise required. The interests
and expertise of the applicants will determine which projects will be
selected for the program. Interns will have the opportunity to receive
credit for their contribution to peer-reviewed papers and/or open source
software tools. Interns will also be encouraged to present their results at
conferences and symposia.
ELIGIBILITY: The program is open to all undergraduate, graduate, and
post-doctoral/post-masters students who are currently in, and eligible to
work in, the United States and are at least 18 years of age by May 23, 2010.
Applicants must also be enrolled or employed at a university or other
accredited research institution; postgrads must have received their most
recent degree within the past 5 years. Given the broad range of projects,
there are no restrictions on academic backgrounds or field of study.
Interns are expected to be available approximately 40 hours/week during the
internship period (noted below) with significant availability during normal
business hours. Interns from previous years are eligible to participate.
SUPPORT: Interns will receive a stipend of $4,500 for participation, paid in
two installments (one at the midterm and one at the conclusion of the
program). In addition, required travel and communication expenses will be
borne by DataONE. Participation in the program after the midterm is
contigent on prior performance. Interns will need to supply their own
computing equipment and Internet connection.
TO APPLY: Applicants are requested to submit responses to a short
questionnaire with their resume, and arrange for a letter of reference from
a faculty member, researcher, or instructor. All application materials must
be submitted by midnight Pacific time on April 2, 2010. For the list of
projects and detailed application instructions, please see
SCHEDULE: Applicants will be notified by April 19th. The internship will
run from May 24 - July 30th, and allowance will be made for interns who are
unavailable to start on May 24th due to their academic or work schedule.