Internship Opportunity for the Anti-SLAPP Project

June 9, 2021

We are happy to announce that the anti-SLAPP research group “Silenced by Lawsuits” at CMDS is accepting applications for remote intern positions.

The interns will be responsible for data collection and data analysis for the project. Preference shall be given to students in their 1st year of the two-year Master’s programs. Students who are approaching the final year of their Bachelor’s programs are also encouraged to apply. Knowledge of English and a Council of Europe language is a must. The positions are part-time and unpaid. We are looking for two types of interns:

  • 2 interns who are students of Economics, Economic Policy, Sociology, Anthropology. Required skills:
    • Proficiency with MS Excel
    • Basic knowledge of Python, R or any other programming language (not necessary but desirable)
    • Basic knowledge of STATA or any other statistical software package (not necessary but desirable)
  • 1 intern who is a student of Human Rights Law. Required skills:
    • Proficiency with MS Excel
    •  Proficiency with Legal Research Databases

The duration of the internship is 3 months, with 25 hours/week of work (subject to discussion).

Application procedure: if interested, please send your CV and cover letter to Applicants will be interviewed, which will be followed by a data reading session.

The primary responsibility of the interns will be to assist with the research, identification and collation of SLAPP cases in Council of Europe Countries and track the developments in the CoE. The interns are required to attend weekly online meetings. The interns should have exemplary research skills as they would be critical in researching in a linguistically diverse region such as the Council of Europe.

Working closely with the research team, interns will have the opportunity to refine their research skills and further develop their understanding of SLAPP cases and their impact. Interns will gain valuable work and research experience in a fairly new and very important legal field. Interns will be credited in publications involving their work.

Who Should Apply?

We are a multicultural group of CEU Alumni researching on the impact of SLAPP suits. We are looking for candidates who are self-driven, and passionate about the topic of freedom of expression and are keen on identifying its impact. We are primarily looking for candidates who belong to one of the Council of Europe Countries, and speak English as a secondary language. The selected candidate should be a dedicated researcher and should be able to understand the effects SLAPP suits have on the victims and in hollowing democracy. If you feel that you fit this description broadly, and are interested in studying the contemporary challenges SLAPP suits present, we look forward to reading your CV and your Cover Letter.

Read more about the research group and about SLAPP here.

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