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DataONE 2010 Summer Internship Program

Note: the application deadline for Summer 2010 has past

The Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE) is a virtual organization dedicated to providing open, persistent, robust, and secure access to biodiversity and environmental data, supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation. DataONE is pleased to announce the availability of summer research internships for undergraduates, graduate students and recent postgraduates.

Program Structure

Approximately six interns will be accepted in 2010.  As part of a larger virtual organization, interns will work in virtual groups of 2-3 with multiple mentors from DataONE.  Interns are not expected to be at the same location or institution as the mentors and other team members.  There will be face-to-face meetings at the beginning and end of the summer, and regular videoconferences among team members.  (Travel funds will be provided for face-to-face meetings). It is expected that projects will lead to conference presentations and/or publications at the end of the summer.


The project description page contains information about proposed projects and mentors.  These cover a range of topic areas including software development, library science, and sociotechnical aspects of scientific data.  These projects vary in the extent and type of technical expertise required.  The interests and expertise of the applicants will determine which projects will be selected for the program.  As noted below, applicants should indicate the projects of greatest interest in their application.  

Intellectual Property

DataONE is predicated on openness and universal access.  Any software developed will be developed under an open source license (the specific license may depend on the particular project).  For other projects, the results of student work will be as publicly accessible as possible.  Student co-authorship on peer-reviewed papers is a particularly desired result from summer internship work, and students are encouraged to present the results of work under this program at conferences and symposia.


The program is open to all undergraduate students, graduate students, and potsgraduates who have received their masters or doctorate within the past five years.  Interns must be at least 18 years of age by May 23, 2010. Interns must be currently enrolled or employed at a university or other research institution and must currently reside in, and be eligible to work in, the United States.  Interns from previous years are eligible to participate. Given the broad range of projects, there are no restrictions on academic backgrounds or field of study.  Interns are expected to be available approximately 40 hours/week during the internship period (noted below) with significant availability during the normal business hours.

Financial Support

Interns will receive a stipend of $4,500 for participation, paid in two installments (one at the midterm and one at the conclusion of the program). In addition, required travel and communication expenses will be borne by DataONE.  Participation in the program after the midterm is contigent on satisfactory performance.   Funds will be administered by the University of New Mexico.   Interns will need to supply their own computing equipment and Internet connection.

Funding Acknowledgement

The Summer Internships are supported by The National Science Foundation: "INTEROP: Creation of an International Virtual Data Center for the Biodiversity, Ecological and Environmental Sciences" (NSF Award 0753138) and "DataNet Full Proposal: DataNetONE (Observation Network for Earth)" (NSF Award 0830944).

To Apply

Note:  In a number of places in the application web site, you will see references to GSoC, which is an abbreviation for Google Summer of Code. We are managing the application process using the Melange software, which Google has released through their App Engine site and which Google uses to manage the Summer of Code program.  This program is not affiliated with or endorsed by Google or the Google Summer of Code. If you wish to apply for the 2010 Google Summer of Code, you will need to do so separately.   We gratefully acknowledge Google's contribution to the community by enabling use of Melage at no cost through the App Engine.

All application materials must be submitted by midnight Pacific time on April 2, 2010. If you have questions or problems about the application process or internship program, send an e-mail to  You may also check if anyone is on-line in the #dataone IRC channel on and pose a question there.

Application Questions:

  1. What DataONE Summer Internship projects are you most interested in and why?
  2. What contributions do you expect to be able to make to the project(s)?
  3. What background do you have which is relevant to the project(s)?  Include links to relevant work that is available on the internet.  List any publications or conference proceedings that have resulted from your relevant previous work (including any publications that are in submission).
  4. What do you expect to learn and/or achieve by participating?
  5. What are your thoughts and ideas about the project, including particular suggestions for ways of achieving the project objectives?
  6. Describe your career objectives.  How will participation in this program help you achieve your career objectives?
  7. Describe any factors that would affect your ability to participate, including other summer employment, university schedules, and other committments.

Selection criteria

Applications will be judged by the following criteria:

Program Schedule


* Allowance will be made for students who are unavailable on May 24th due to a later university schedule, such as students on a quarter system.