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Research Intern – New York, NY

Organization: The Harmony Institute (HI)

Job Title: Research Intern

Location: New York, NY

Hours and Compensation: unpaid

Position Dates: September 17 – December 21, 2012

Application Deadline: September 3, 2012

Posted On: August 9, 2012

Organization Overview

The Harmony Institute (HI) is a research center founded in 2007 to further an understanding of how mainstream entertainment can educate and engage US audiences on decisive social and environmental concerns.

The Institute is focused on measuring the impact and influence that entertainment can have on social and environmental issues. By combining tools from the academic, nonprofit and commercial worlds, HI’s research illuminates for media creators and funders the reach and influence of social issue entertainment. This methodology is a critical component of HI’s mission to increase awareness of the role media can play in addressing pressing social issues.

In June 2010, HI released its first publication, FTW! Net Neutrality For The Win: How Entertainment and the Science of Influence Can Save Your Internet. The guide offers a concise overview of the policy debate surrounding “net neutrality,” as well as a communication strategy derived from the behavioral sciences, that assists communicators looking to influence the discourse. In July 2010, HI was featured in a New York Times profile titled, “Adding Punch to Influence Public Opinion,” and the following December, HI received a grant from the Ford Foundation to further develop its innovative methodology with the evaluation of one of 2010’s most widely discussed social documentaries, Waiting for “Superman.” In 2012, HI conducted a study for MTV on the impact of (DIS)connected, its original film about digital abuse.


The Harmony Institute has an internship position for Fall 2012. The Institute seeks research interns to work in: social issue research, evaluation, media research, nonprofit management. The position requires a commitment of 2 days per week.

Qualified applicants should possess a strong interest in and understanding of media and/or social science research and/or social issues. Interns should have strong research, writing and communication skills.


• Social media research

• Research into behavioral science literature

• Social issue research

General Intern duties may include:

• Help with quantitative and qualitative evaluation

• Assistance in creation of marketing materials, presentations and website

• Foundation and donor research

• Administrative work – organizing meetings, creating mailings, note taking, data analysis, etc.


Relevant majors include: Anthropology, Communication; Media Studies; Nonprofit Management; Political Science; Psychology; Public Administration; Public Affairs; Public Policy; Sociology

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How to Apply

Send cover letter explaining your interest and skills, resume, writing sample (optional) to: info (at) harmony-institute (dot) org. Please write your name (Last name, First name, HI Fall 2012 Intern) in the subject line of your email.

We will accept applications on a rolling basis. Early applications are encouraged.

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