At the Society Library, we’re interested in making decisions more informed, inclusive, logical, and unbiased.
We also recognize that our current systems for making societal-scale decisions are long overdue for an upgrade.
Decisions made by way of legislation are some of the most powerful decisions made in the country, yet legislation rarely comes with sources cited. Representatives are elected by their constituents in order to make decisions on their behalf. However, every human being is subject to hundreds of cognitive biases, logical fallacies, and limiting heuristics which interrupt the ability to make informed, logical, inclusive decisions.
Students taking part in the Society Library’s Political Sense-Making and Decision-Making Internship will work on various case studies and projects related to complex political decision-making. Their work will fall under 3 primary categories: Understanding the Nexus Between Online Information and Collective Decision Making, Logically Deconstructing Legislation , and Development of Logical Decision Making Models.
While participating in this fully-remote program, students will complete an meta-literate media module covering concepts of networked propaganda, mis/dis/mal-information, and other issues that reduce the quality of political sense-making on the internet. They will further take part in practice designed to encourage healthy information hygiene habits online, reduce polarization, and seed resilience against misinformation.
Students will learn how to logically deconstruct pieces of legislation, and understand the time-consuming work that goes into producing evidence-based legislation.
They will then work with real-world case studies involving collective decision making in the political or legislative process. They will learn how to source information from various stakeholders and deconstruct the reasoning of these stakeholders in order to develop a decision-making protocol that can lead to a more informed, inclusive, and logical decision.
It is our intent that students completing this internship come away with a greater appreciation for this kind of complexity, and with a set of research techniques that will make them more open-minded, intellectually humble, and able to be more informed in their sense-making.
- 10 – 15 Hours / Week
- 100% Digital Internship (there will be no in-person meetings)
- Ability to participate in regular virtual meetings (video/audio required)
- Access to adequate technology to complete the tasks
- Students who have passed philosophical logic courses are preferred but not required
- Conduct specified online research
- Complete structured, logic-based analysis of various forms of media including legislative documents.
- Development of decision-making frameworks based on derived insights and classical logical research.
- Internship is part time / unpaid
- Students are encouraged to contact their University/College to pursue this as a for-credit opportunity.
- Students will learn to work and function as part of a remote/distributed work group from leaders experienced in directing teams both nationally and internationally. While this will allow for a level of flexibility and freedom, students will be expected to operate with a high level of integrity, communication and performance. This will include participation in weekly call meetings, and meeting deadlines.