[Elsnet-list] Internship Positions in the UNL Program

Ronaldo Martins r.martins at undlfoundation.org
Wed Feb 5 17:25:42 CET 2014


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CALL FOR INTERNS IN THE PROJECT FRIDA
www.unlweb.net/unlversity
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The UNDL Foundation searches 8 (eight) interns to work in its
Internship Program in Computational Linguistics (Project FRIDA-A1) in
the period of April-June 2014 (three months). Candidates must be
native speakers of French, Romansh, Italian or German, and must be
enrolled in any undergraduate or graduate program in the field of
Languages, Linguistics, Computational Linguistics, Natural Language
Processing or Translation Studies, in Switzerland or abroad. This is a
part-time paid internship (20 hours a week, CHF600.00 per month),
which may be pursued from distance (online) or at the UNDL Foundation
office in Geneva.

IMPORTANT DATES
Application deadline: March 16, 2014
Notification of accepted candidates: March 23, 2014
Internship: April 1 to June 30, 2014

REQUISITES
*Candidates must be native speakers of French, Romansh, Italian or German
*Candidates must be officially enrolled in any undergraduate or
graduate program in the field of Languages, Linguistics, Computational
Linguistics, Natural Language Processing or Translation Studies, in
Switzerland or abroad
*Candidates must have been approved in CLEA250, CLEA500 and CLEA750.
These certificates may be pursued online at VALERIE – the Virtual
Learning Environment for UNL – available at www.unlweb.net/valerie .
Candidates are not required to have any previous experience in natural
language processing but are expected to have some acquaintance with
Linguistics and a good command of English. The UNDL Foundation will
provide all the necessary training and academic support for any of the
tasks to be performed during the internship.

APPLICATION
In order to apply, candidates must fill in the form available at
www.unlweb.net/unlversity

DURATION
The duration of the internship program is of 3 (three) months, from
April 1 to June 30, 2014. This period can be extended up to 3 (three)
months, upon the evaluation of the intern and the availability of
entries in the database.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Each intern is expected to create a minimum of 2,000 dictionary
entries per month at the UNLarium, a crowd-sourcing environment
available at www.unlweb.net . Normally, a dictionary entry takes less
than 2 min to be created, i.e., the expected workload is of around 70
hours per month, or 18 hours per week. Since the UNLarium is a
web-based system, the work can be carried out from distance (online)
or at the UNDL Foundation office in Geneva. In any case, the UNDL
Foundation will not pay or reimburse any expense that interns may have
concerning the internship, including infrastructure (hardware,
software, power supply, internet connection, internet provider, etc.)
and logistic support (printing material, phone calls, lodging,
transportation, etc.).

REMUNERATION
Interns will receive CHF600.00 (six hundred Swiss Francs) per month as
a full compensation for the internship activities. The UNDL Foundation
will make no deductions from any of the payments due to interns, who
will be personally responsible for any and all taxes and other
payments due on payments received.

PROJECT FRIDA
The Project FRIDA (Français, Rumantsch, Italiano and Deustch for
Analysis) aims at analyzing and linking, to the UNL Dictionary, a list
of words from the four official languages of Switzerland (French,
Romansh, Italian and German). The results are expected to be
incorporated in UNL-driven applications, such as Muhit, Lily, Keys and
Tut, and, as any resources released in the UNLarium, will be published
under a CC-BY-SA Creative Commons license. The project FRIDA is
sponsored by Fondation Hans Wilsdorf.

CERTIFICATION
The UNDL Foundation will issue a CERTIFICATE OF INTERNSHIP, upon
evaluation, for those who have accomplished the tasks defined in the
internship contract. Those interested in validating the internship
program as academic credits must verify whether this possibility is
supported by their academic institution. In any case, the UNDL
Foundation has a legal framework to sign agreements with academic
institutions, if necessary to be accredited as an official internship
program partner.

THE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM IN COMPUTATIONAL LINGUISTICS OF THE UNDL FOUNDATION
The Internship Program in Computational Linguistics is devoted to
training students for the creation and development of linguistic
resources (dictionaries, grammars, knowledge bases, translation
memories and corpora) for UNL-driven projects. The participation is
open to students enrolled in any undergraduate or graduate program in
the field of Languages, Linguistics, Computational Linguistics and
Natural Language Processing in Switzerland and abroad, and may be
pursued from distance (online) or at the UNDL Foundation office in
Geneva.

THE UNDL FOUNDATION
The UNDL Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Geneva,
Switzerland, which has received, from the United Nations, the mandate
for exploiting the Universal Networking Language (UNL). The UNL is an
artificial language that has been used for several different tasks in
natural language engineering, such as machine translation,
multilingual document generation, summarization, information retrieval
and semantic reasoning. It has been, since 1996, a unique initiative
to reduce language barriers and strengthen cross-cultural
communication in the framework of the UN.

FURTHER INFORMATION
For further information, please contact:
Ronaldo Martins
Language Resources Manager
r.martins at undlfoundation.org

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Ronaldo MARTINS
Language Resources Manager
UNDL Foundation
48, route de Chancy
CH-1213 - Geneva - Switzerland
+41 22 879 8090
www.undlfoundation.org
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