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User Research & Engagement Strategy Internship, Skylight Team

  • Internship
  • United States
  • TBD USD / Year
  • Allen Institute for AI (AI2) profile

  • Job applications may no longer being accepted for this opportunity.

Allen Institute for AI (AI2)

Remote (based out of East Africa, the Indian Ocean, Pacific Islands, or Southeast Asia)

Who you are:

Are you interested in honing your user research skills while learning about cutting-edge developments in technology to address illegal fishing? Do you have a passion for applying technology to do good in the world? If so, an internship on the Skylight team at AI2 may be the perfect opportunity. The Skylight team will be reviewing applications and scheduling interviews for Summer 2023 internships in January/February. Start dates will be determined based on your availability, will be 12 weeks in duration and will be based in East Africa, Indian Ocean island nations, Pacific Islands, or Southeast Asia.

Your next challenge:

We are looking for a highly motivated intern to directly contribute to the engagement strategy for Skylight, which is provided at no-cost to more than 40 countries and more than 100 government agencies around the world. Project details:

  • Work side-by-side with several government agencies, IGOs, and NGOs who are enforcing illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing in their waters.
  • Propose and test various engagement strategies with these government agencies to see which have the highest impact on driving usage and impact.
  • Develop and test different types of training content and communication methods to evaluate which have the highest absorption among users. Particular focus on conveying machine learning concepts in the context of utilizing Skylight.
  • Gather feedback on new and developing features and functionalities, and explore new cases for the Skylight Product team.

Over the course of your time at AI2, you will build your resume and leave an impact on AI2 and the world.

What you’ll need:

  • Students late in their program (juniors, seniors, or masters students) with a strong academic record.
  • Experience working with and presenting to government agencies. Experience with any law enforcement agencies, national park services, or fisheries agencies is a bonus.
  • Successful past employment, internships or volunteer experience in a customer- or partner-facing role is a bonus.
  • Fluent in English and another language native to East Africa countries, island countries of the Indian Ocean, Pacific Island nations, or Southeast Asia nations.
  • A passion for ocean health and applying AI to address global challenges.

Essential Functions:

  • Strong communication skills to engage with agencies, IGOs and NGOs
  • Develop and test content and communication methods
  • Develop features and functionality via computer

Work Environment:

  • Primarily working at an office desk using a computer
  • Visiting “operations” facilities with many computers, air conditioned
  • Standard office environment

Who We Are:

The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence is a non-profit research institute in Seattle founded by Paul Allen. AI2 contributes to humanity through high-impact research in artificial intelligence.

We also aim to contribute to humanity through our treatment of each member of the AI2 Team:

  • We are a learning organization – because everything AI2 does is ground-breaking, we are learning every day. Similarly, through weekly AI2 Academy lectures, a wide variety of world-class AI experts as guest speakers, and our commitment to your personal on-going education, AI2 is a place where you will have opportunities to continue learning alongside your coworkers.
  • We value diversity – We seek to hire, support, and promote people from all genders, ethnicities, and all levels of experience regardless of age. We particularly encourage applications from women, non-binary individuals, people of color, members of the LGBTQA+ community, and people with disabilities of any kind.
  • We value inclusion – We understand the value that people’s individual experiences and perspectives can bring to an organization, and we are building a culture in which all voices are heard, respected and considered.
  • We emphasize a healthy work/life balance – we believe our team members are happiest and most productive when their work/life balance is optimized. While we value powerful research results which drive our mission forward, we also value dinner with family, weekend time, and vacation time. We offer generous paid vacation and sick leave as well as family leave.
  • We are collaborative and transparent – we consider ourselves a team, all moving with a common purpose. We are quick to cheer our successes, and even quicker to share and jointly problem solve our failures.
  • We are in Seattle – and our office is on the water! We have mountains, we have lakes, we have four seasons, we bike to work, we have a vibrant theater scene, and we have so much else. We even have kayaks for you to paddle right outside our front door. We welcome interest from applicants from outside of the United States.
  • We are friendly– chances are you will like every one of the 200+ (and growing) people who work here. We do.

AI2 is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at [email protected] or you may call us at 206-548-5600.

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