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8400 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 250
College Park, MD
Posted: September 26 2016
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DescriptionThe Narratives/Counter-Narratives Online Library is a project to develop a publicly accessible knowledge tool to inform the policy and practice of combating Al-Qaeda and ISIL-associated narratives directed at communities and individuals within the United States.
Interns will gain experience and expertise in a cutting edge area of interest to terrorism studies researchers, government policymakers and practitioners. The opportunity will be particularly relevant for individuals who wish to learn more about qualitative research methods, further their understanding of how Islamic religious concepts, develop an intimate and nuanced understanding of American Muslim communities, as well as gain experience that will be relevant to future employment in law enforcement, intelligence, and homeland security-related professions.
Spring 2017 interns will be required to conduct an extensive investigation and documentation of primary sources that contain information about religious-based arguments by extremists for violence and by American Muslim thought leaders against violence. All sources gathered by the interns are to be coded according to the instructions set forth in the project codebook and later assembled into an online knowledge tool that will be used by various end users.
Familiarity with qualitative research and literature reviews
Willingness to learn qualitative coding methods
Strong writing skills
Strong proficiency of English
Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel
Desire and ability to work in a small team setting with minimal supervision
Ability to meet strict deadlines.
Experience with research on American Muslim communities and institutions
Familiarity with scholarly literature on terrorist propaganda content, messaging strategies, and narrative formation
University courses in Islamic studies and/or regional studies in Muslim-majority countries