Research Intern - Privacy and Personal Data Valuation

Last updated one month ago
Location:Redmond, Washington
Job Type:Full Time

Virtual Internship

Participation in the Research Internship Program requires that you are physically located in the United States or Canada for the duration of the internship.

Research Internships at Microsoft provide a dynamic environment for research careers with a network of world-class research labs led by globally-recognized scientists and engineers. Our researchers and engineers pursue innovation in a range of scientific and technical disciplines to help solve complex challenges in diverse fields, including computing, healthcare, economics, and the environment.

There has been much work in the scientific literature about how much people do or don’t value their private data. The research question we would like to study is: how does people’s valuation of their personal data change when they see what can be inferred from that data? We would like to address this question using some combination of online behavioral experiments, field experiments, and surveys.

Responsibilities

Interns put inquiry and theory into practice. Alongside fellow doctoral candidates and some of the world’s best researchers, interns learn, collaborate, and network for life. Interns not only advance their own careers, but they also contribute to exciting research and development strides. During the 12-week internship, students are paired with mentors and expected to collaborate with other interns and researchers, present findings, and contribute to the vibrant life of the community. Research internships are available in all areas of research, and are offered year-round, though they typically begin in the summer.

The responsibilities of this internship include reading the privacy literature, fleshing out a research design to answer the above research question, statistically analyzing the data we gather, and writing up and publishing the results.

Qualifications

In addition to the qualifications below, you’ll need to submit a minimum of two reference letters for this position. After you submit your application, a request for letters may be sent to your list of references on your behalf. Note that reference letters cannot be requested until after you have submitted your application, and furthermore, that they might not be automatically requested for all candidates. You may wish to alert your letter writers in advance, so they will be ready to submit your letter.

Required Qualifications

  • Must be currently enrolled in a PhD program in computer science, computational social science, economics, sociology, or a related STEM field.
  • At least one year of experience conducting behavioral research on at least one online platform such as Mechanical Turk, Qualtrics, Prolific, etc.
  • At least one year of experience conducting behavioral experiments or surveys.
  • At least one year of experience with basic programming skills such as Javascript or related languages.

    Participation in the Research Internship Program requires that you are physically located in the United States or Canada for the duration of the internship.

Preferred Qualification

  • Familiarity with the privacy literature.

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