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Sociocultural Analyst Intern

Washington, DC
About Us

Protagonist is the Narrative Analytics company. From the vast amount of data available in the digital universe, we mine the perceptions, opinions, and stories that constitute the Narratives people hold in their minds. Our offering empowers organizations to understand the discourse that matters, what’s driving that discourse, and how to take action to work within the Narrative Landscape. Today, Narrative Analytics is used by dozens of the world’s leading corporations, business leaders, government agencies and foundations.
About You
The Protagonist Intern has a passion for understanding the deeply held beliefs -- the narratives -- that drive critical issues. Our interns support the continued development of our Narrative Analytics offering and related products by finding and isolating the conversations that matter - from both online media and traditional sources. You have a passion for understanding what drives the deeply held beliefs held by populations around the world, are data-savvy, have outstanding analytical skills, and are creative and enthusiastic about using technology, data, and the power of narratives to understand how perceptions drive action. Attention to detail and comfort with ambiguity are key attributes.
Primary Responsibilities
Over the course of the internship, the intern will take an active role in casework related to understanding narratives that drive global populations. The intern will be expected to collaborate across teams on both client deliverables and internal process priorities.
Specific responsibilities include:
  • Conduct qualitative research on various international populations to understand the narratives that shape their beliefs, perceptions and views of the world
  • Work with teams to articulate the narratives various international populations, and write reports that clearly and succinctly convey the team’s findings
  • Support Narrative Analytics efforts to identify and quantify narratives that exist in online media
  • Implement research plans for assigned projects, based on discussions with members of various project teams
  • Collaborate with the case teams to identify and visualize insights that answer key client questions
Requirements
  • US Citizen
  • Experience with in-depth research using a variety of techniques to mine insights from both primary (e.g., interviews) and secondary sources (e.g., journals)
  • Strong writing and analytical skills
  • Course work in socio-cultural analysis, international relations and/or a focus in communications and related fields a plus. 
  • Foreign language skills proficiency is strongly desired.
  • Experience with R, STATA, Python or another statistical programming language, experience with SQL is preferred
  • Experience with Excel in particular advanced formula creation, data cleaning, pivot tables, and other necessary functions
  • Familiarity with a range of data science concepts (such as natural language processing, content similarity analysis, social network analysis, and sentiment analysis) is desired but not necessary
  • Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills; able to communicate complex problems with clarity
  • Able to work independently as well as part of a cross-functional team
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines, under pressure, with outstanding attention to detail
  • Love working in a fast-paced, startup environment full of complexity, ambiguity and change
  • Availability between 20-40 hrs/week

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