It’s intern time again! I am looking for someone to help me run an exploratory study of a collaborative, session-based search tool that I’ve been building over the last few months. Session-based search frames information seeking as an on-going activity, consisting of many queries on a particular topic, with searches conducted over the course of hours, days, or even longer. Collaborative search describes how people can coordinate their information-seeking activities in pursuit of a common goal.
The intern for this project will help frame a set of research questions around collaborative, session-based search, and then take the lead on an experiment to gain insight into this rich space and to help understand how to improve our search tool. The intern will also participate in writing up this work for publication at a major conference such as CHI, CSCW, JCDL, etc.
I am looking for someone with strong experimental design skills, as some of the challenges in this project include selecting appropriate measures and control conditions. Some experience with programming web-based applications (think jQuery) is also a plus, although not required for this position.
Please contact me with any questions you might have. I would like to fill this position as soon as possible, so if you are interested, please send me your CV and some pointers to relevant work you’ve done. More information on the FXPAL internship program is available here, and in case you’re curious, here’s a partial list of former FXPAL interns and what they’re up to these days. Is your adviser one of them?