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IIP-Center for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS)
Pune, India (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Dept Offering Program: International Internship Program (IIP) Program Type: Internship
Language Prerequisite: No Program Features: Field Work, Lab Based Work, Research
Degree Level: 1st year u/g students, 2nd year u/g students, 3rd year u/g students Time Away: Summer
Housing options: Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization Program Group: International Internship Program
Program Description:
Center for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS)
About: The Center for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS) Nuffield - FLAME University is a research collaboration between Nuffield College at the University of Oxford and with FLAME University in Pune, Maharashtra. CESS aims to facilitate research in the social sciences through rigorous experimental techniques. An interdisciplinary center, CESS Nuffield - FLAME provides researchers from all over the world the opportunity to investigate topics such as behavioral economics, public policy, and economic development in the context of a major emerging nation. A major feature is its mobile lab initiative: it provides researchers with facilities and support to carry out experiments in the field, particularly in rural settings.
 
Intern Responsibilities: The IIP intern will work on a combination of the following projects:
  • Developing Social Science Games in Python/oTree/zTree - The IIP intern will work alongside the Research Manager and the Research Associates to develop and test experimental games using industry specific software, namely oTree and zTree. Both are open-source platforms that use different languages like the Django framework from Python and C.
  • Editing and Proofreading Peer-Reviewed Articles - The IIP intern will work closely with Principal Investigators to edit, proofread, and condense research articles. The final product will be a high-quality manuscript ready to undergo peer review. 
  • Literature Reviews - Alongside Principal Investigators, the IIP intern will develop literature reviews that serve as foundations for further advances in research projects. Topics can cover a wide array of subjects including, but not limited to, economics, public policy, and social psychology.
  • Developing the Subject Pool - The IIP intern will work alongside the Research Manager and the Director of International Research Collaborations to enroll new subjects in our subject pool. For this task, Hindi skills would be an asset.
  • Grants and Funding Applications - The IIP intern will identify sources of funding and craft preliminary funding applications for research projects.
Qualifications: Knowledge of computer science and/or experience developing apps/software is a must. IIP candidates interested in computer science, psychology, economics, international development, and public policy are encouraged to apply. Skills in Python frameworks (like Django) or industry-specific software like zTree and oTree are highly desired. Other programming languages, software design, graphic design, and experience with statistical software such as  R, LaTex, and Stata would also be assets. Proficiency in spoken Hindi and/or Marathi would be an advantage but is not required. Intern should be eager to learn quickly and work in a start-up environment, be able to take on multiple responsibilities at the same time, and be excited to do experimental work in the field for short periods. Above all, must be comfortable with rapidly changing environments and new situations.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 12/11/2017 02/28/2018 TBA TBA