Application: TCPD Summer Internship 2019
Deadline: May 1, 2019
Tentative internship dates: June 3 - August 23, 2019 (this is flexible)
Expected hour commitment: 40 hours/week
Compensation: This is contingent on the duration of the exact dates of the internship. However roughly speaking, we pay Rs.14000/month.
Accommodation: TCPD will help find on-campus accommodation, however the intern is responsible for paying the cost of the housing. Roughly speaking, the cost is Rs.4500/month for a shared room and Rs.9000/month for a full room.

As a part of the internship, you will be required to attend the TCPD summer school. And at the end of your internship you will be required to write a short paper on the work you have done during the internship and deliver a final presentation.

Listed below are projects and brief description of the projects. You will be selecting up to 3 projects. If selected, we will do our best to match you with your first preference. Some of the projects have a required skillset so please read these carefully.

1: CODING CONTENTION: Read articles printed in the media and extract information (who is involved? what happened? where did it happen? who was targeted? identifiable issues/grievances?) based on a codebook.

2: PROCESSING 2019 ELECTION RESULTS: Download and put in tabular format the results of the 2019 elections. Clean the data such that it conforms to the current standards (required skills: Excel, R/Python, basic web scraping).

3: MERGING CENSUS AND POLLING STATION DATA: Merge 2001 and 2011 census data and polling station electoral data (required skills: Excel, R/Python).

4: MERGING LOK DHABA AND ADR: Verify and merge ADR data with election data. This will also require some level of engagement with ADR (required skills: Excel, R/Python).

5: PROFILING WOMEN POLITICIANS AND POLITICAL DYNASTIES: detecting political families in the GE and AE data, write short biographical profiles of political families, profiling women candidates to state and general elections.

6: MEDIA ANALYSES: Build a dataset on attacks/violence perpetrated on politicians, scraping media sources across states; What does the media report on the Parliament? How has it changed over time? - Scraping multiple english newspapers to find out what kind of reporting gets precedence in the media (required skills: Excel, R/Python, basic web scraping)

7: QUESTION HOUR WEB TOOL: providing categories to questions: identifying relevant categories, determining how the questions can be easily (computationally) coded into categories (required skills: Excel (R, Python preferred))

8. FIELD WORK: Primary data collection in states such as West Bengal, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, and Maharashtra. Native local language speakers will be preferred.

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