Student Call

August 7, 2018

Are you interested in…

  • Gaining experience in data collection?
  • Getting insights in fields like investigative journalism, media policies and advocacy?
  • Working with a professional team of researchers and journalists on a groundbreaking research project?

Do you have…?

  • Good command of English and other languages?
  • Interest in research and investigation and good communication skills?
  • A good team spirit and loads of enthusiasm?
  • Solid knowledge of Microsoft Office, especially Excel and Word (including serial letters)?

The Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) is accepting applications for part-time, unpaid intern positions at its Budapest office to work on our ongoing research projects. We are looking for inquisitive students interested in investigating who’s who in media, politics and technology. They will mostly work on the Media Influence Matrix, a comparative research project that CMDS launched in January 2018. The project is run by the Media & Power Consortium, a community of 40 partner organizations from all over the world. The first country report in the research has been published on Slovakia, and selected interns will have the opportunity to join ongoing research on the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Moldova, Turkey or Jordan. More countries will be added.

Interns will gain experience in data and information collection, writing of analytical reports and policy recommendations and dissemination of research findings. At the same time, they will get acquainted with the operation of an international academic center.

Main tasks include

  • Collection of information and data about financial performance of companies, ownership of technology and media companies, influencers in governments and regulatory authorities
  • Drafting and revising of reports
  • Preparing and updating databases
  • Arranging interviews with media and technology companies and policymakers
  • Other tasks depending on current projects and events.

The duration of the internship will be agreed upon with CMDS.

About CMDS

CMDS is the leading center of research on media, communication, and information policy in Central and Eastern Europe. Based in the School of Public Policy at Central European University, CMDS produces scholarly and practice-oriented research addressing academic, policy and civil society needs. CMDS research and activities address media and communication policy, social media and free expression, civil society and participation, fundamental communication and informational rights, and the complexities of media and communication in transition.

The Center serves as a focal point for an international network of acclaimed scholars and academic institutions; offers innovative courses across several CEU departments; provides trainings and consultancies; and organizes scholarly exchanges through workshops, lectures and conferences on current developments in the field.

Our Center seeks to improve the quality of media policymaking through research and debate. This mission is part of Central European University’s commitment towards building open and democratic societies that respect human rights and human dignity.

Applications, consisting of a resume and a statement of interest (max. 300 words) should be sent to Mihaela Groza, Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For further questions, please contact Mihaela Groza at