Internship opportunity: HOR-INTERN-2021-01

Coronavirus Discourses (AHRC  Funding: AH/V015125/1)

To apply, please complete the Internships Application Form

Closing date

Applications must be made before 30th June 2021 and are assessed on an ongoing basis.


Primarily remote, reporting to Dr Jeremie Clos and Prof Derek McAuley.

Proposed dates

Internships run for up to 12 weeks and are available for successful candidates to start anytime. Please indicate your availability on the application form, where requested.


As part of the Coronavirus Discourses project the University of Nottingham is working on a software prototype enabling researchers to perform privacy-preserving linguistic analysis of personal data, allowing for a deeper interpretation of the way people communicated during the pandemic.

Working closely with researchers, you will develop a plugin for the Chrome Web browser. This plugin will allow for the passive analysis of text data that is displayed in the browser when the user is visiting specific websites. The plugin will collect data in the background and collate it in a storage format that the user can export, inspect, and send to researchers via their preferred e-mail application.

Who should apply?

An applicant with a background in Web application development would be ideal, particularly familiarity with JavaScript programming. Thus, applicants will ideally will have done well on a Web development module. Equivalent professional experience will also be considered.

Applicants must outline their experience with JavaScript programming and how their skills fit the requirements.

Required skills

  • Comfortable with JavaScript or related language (e.g., TypeScript)
  • Comfortable with HTML, CSS
  • Comfortable with learning fundamental concepts in natural language processing
  • Good software engineering principles
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a small team.

Desirable skills

  • Pre-existing knowledge of Chrome application development
  • Pre-existing knowledge of natural language processing

Eligibility and Financial Aspects

These are full-time internships for up to 12 weeks, for postgraduate and undergraduate students, a casual wage of £425 per week will be available, and this may be subject to tax deductions depending on the successful candidate’s circumstances and stipend stipulations.

In general, PhD students from The University of Nottingham are able to apply on the understanding they suspend their stipend, this is due to the nature of the funding source. For overseas students a Visa must be in place, covering the duration of the internship.

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries may be made to however applications should be made via the Internships Application Form. Applications to this email address will not be accepted.