|(CSD INTERNSHIP PROGRAM 2017-2018)|
The Economic Program at the Center for the Study of Democracy offers 2 to 3 internships, lasting 3 to 9 months for outstanding university students, interested in gaining research experience, while working on an international research project, studying the transition to low carbon energy systems in Europe.
About the project: ENABLE.EU project aims to understand the drivers of energy choices in Europe in three areas of consumption – transportation, heating and cooling and electricity. The project covers 11 European countries and applies state-of-art research methodologies for studying four groups of factors, driving individual and collective energy choices and energy behavior – economic, socio-cultural, technological and governance factors.
The research tasks include:
5 topical case studies (mobility, heating and cooling, electricity, prosumers, and governance)
International comparative surveys on households and business enterprises
Participatory foresight exercises
Reference and policy scenarios development, based on econometric modelling
Valorization and exploitation of research results through engagement of targeted stakeholders
The dedicated internships are design according to the major project tasks and offer opportunity for participation of the selected interns in the whole life-cycle of the respective project task, e.g. from methodology design through collection and analysis of data, to preparation of research deliverables.
We are looking for interns, interested in working on:
Case study on governance (in-depth exploratory interviews, focus groups, scoreboard cards, stakeholder consultations and mobilisation, limited regulatory analysis)
Case study on electricity (randomized control trials methodology)
Online survey of business enterprises
Stakeholder participation, involvement and mobilization in the area of governance
Students from sociology, economics, and political sciences are particularly welcome to apply.
Good level of English language; fluency in English will be considered an advantage.
Good research and analytical skills; written skills will be considered an advantage.
Good computer literacy (spreadsheets, presentations).
Good statistics skills and experience with survey data analysis will be considered an advantage for the “online survey” task.
Responsibilities: Assist the implementation of the respective research tasks during their whole life-cycle.
Internship program: Upon entering the CSD internship program, each intern will be assigned to a senior researcher from CSD to oversee and mentor her/his work. Outcomes from the intern’s work might be included or quoted in CSD’s and project’s official publications. Upon the successful internship completion each intern receives a Certificate of Completion and can request a letter of recommendation.
Note: The internship is unpaid. Specific tasks could involve remuneration, depending on outcomes’ quality and budget limitations.
Application: Please, send your CV and writing sample in English (3-5 pages) at firstname.lastname@example.org, indicating your experience for the respective topic of interest or project task(s).
Approval of candidates: Internship applications are reviewed on the rolling base. Only the candidates listed for interview will be contacted.