We are looking to expand our team of graduate interns to develop analytic pipelines for decision makers in acute disaster settings and provide general research support for the evaluation and dissemination of those tools.

The candidate will be supervised by an interdisciplinary team, working in a fast-paced environment with multiple stakeholders including Harvard-based investigators and collaborators from government and academia in the US and overseas.


  • Ideally a graduate student with expertise in Data Science, Statistics, Epidemiology, Mathematics or Spatial Modeling
  • Substantial experience working with R or Python
  • Previous experience with SQL, batch processing, pipeline managers, task schedulers or development of APIs is a strong plus
  • Experience building analytic pipelines to process data and developing endpoints (reports, APIs, websites) that can be quickly shared with collaborators
  • Experience writing scientific manuscripts for publication
  • Experience developing publication quality figures for both spatial and non-spatial data


  • Help develop and maintain the current streams for data ETL and pre-processing
  • Help maintain a database of relevant spatial and non-spatial data
  • Develop situation reports on wildfires, hurricanes, and other disasters that may occur during the internship
  • Work with CrisisReady researchers to develop new methods for data analysis and dissemination of key information in post-disaster settings
  • Assist in the development and writing of scientific manuscripts

Internship Timeframe

This position is a renewable part-time, semester-long internship. Winter and Summer break working arrangements available. The intern will be able to work up to 10 hours per week.

In your application, please include the following:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

Optional materials:

  • Work samples
  • Writing samples (1-2)
  • References will be requested after initial interview.

About CrisisReady

CrisisReady is a research platform based at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Direct Relief. Through research and data analyses, the platform advances data-driven decision making in emergency preparedness, response, and management.

The CrisisReady team develops scalable expertise in Data Readiness, Methods Readiness, and Translational Readiness — three concepts that extend throughout the organization’s body of work — by providing actionable analyses that help policy makers and agencies make decisions on the deployment of material aid and personnel during emergency events. 

As a multifunctional organization, CrisisReady provides solutions that bridge the technical, regulatory, and translational gaps that challenge the integration of novel data into the field. The streams of research conducted at CrisisReady focus on a variety of topics, including the healthcare impacts of wildfires in California, responding to natural disasters around the world through novel data analyses, supporting response to large-scale humanitarian crises, and developing trustworthy differential privacy frameworks for custodians of data.

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