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FiveThirtyEight Seeking NYC-based Intern

FiveThirtyEight is seeking a NYC-based intern for the balance of the 2010 election cycle. Candidates should be students at a graduate or undergraduate program in the New York City area.

The principal responsibility of the intern will be to help maintain and operate the polling databases and forecasting models that FiveThirtyEight will be using in conjunction with its 2010 electoral forecasts. Therefore, an attention to detail is essential. Extensive familiarity with Microsoft EXCEL is required. Familiarity with STATA and/or SPSS is preferred, but not essential. Writing, programming, statistical modelling, and/or information design skills are also not essential, but will be regarded favorably.

The initial term of the internship will commence in July and continue until the end of November. Although the position is part-time, the person should be prepared to respond to requests for assistance in a highly time-sensitive fashion, especially between Labor Day and November 2nd (Election Day).

Candidates should send a CV and any other materials that they believe will cast a favorable light on their candidacy to the e-mail address indicated under the ‘Contact’ button at the top of this page. Please include the phrase INTERNSHIP APPLICATION in the subject header. Depending on the volume of requests, it is unlikely that FiveThirtyEight will be able to confirm receipt of materials or to contact all candidates individually. The deadline for applications is Friday, June 25th.

NOTE: This was originally listed as an unpaid internship. After reviewing the applicable laws, we have determined that the nature of the work that the internship would require is neither legally nor ethically consistent with the requirements for an unpaid internship. Please note, however, that the pay will be very minimal relative to the sorts of skill sets we are looking for and that the principal benefit of the internship to the applicants will be nonfinancial.

Nate Silver is the founder and editor in chief of FiveThirtyEight.

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