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Undergraduate Video Editor

Editor needed to develop promotional and instructional how-to videos (based on screen captures with audio narration) for 6 software platforms developed by Northwestern University’s SONIC (Science of Networks in Communities) Research Group and its collaborators.

We are looking to hire 3-5 undergraduate students who have the interest and the skills to produce 10-15 high quality 2-5 min digital videos to introduce 6 web-based software platforms developed by researchers at Northwestern to users and administrators of the platform. The videos will introduce the software by recording a screen capture alongside audio narration, background music and text overlays including credits for the person producing the video. There will be NO video shooting of individuals involving cameras.

Here are samples of related work that has been completed:


We are looking to hire students immediately and expect the production to be completed by the end of the Winter Quarter. This is a paid position at a competitive rate based on prior experience. If interested, please contact Brent Hoagland ( Links to samples of priori work are encouraged.


Undergraduate Internship Opportunities 

We have opportunities for undergraduate students to join us as Data Science Interns, and receive class credit for research work in the lab. There is a possibility to extend the internship to subsequent quarters. Also, recognized undergraduate Data Science interns may be offered paid research positions. Contact Michael Schultz ( with questions.

Current opportunities

Other Opportunities

The members of SONIC Research Group are often funded by research grants as well as scholarships from the Media, Technology and Society program and the Technology and Social Behavior program. Additionally, opportunities from the Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences program include the Murphy fellowships as well as the Benjamen K. Sachs Graduate Fellowship (area of organizational theory and systems). SONIC also employs a variety of undergraduates and interns for research assistant and production tasks.

Undergraduate Researchers

Undergraduate students with independent research, capstone projects, or senior thesis are encouraged to reach out to the Lab Director Noshir Contractor ( to discuss mentorship through SONIC Lab.

Media, Technology, and Society Ph.D. Program

MTS is an interdisciplinary program that provides a graduate environment for innovative research in the study of media and communications technologies. It allows students great autonomy both within MTS and the University at large to design individual programs of study. Drawing on the University’s diverse resources and distinguished faculty, MTS encourages research on historical, contemporary, and emerging media that challenges traditional disciplinary boundaries and assumptions.

Read more about the MTS program

Visiting Scholars

SONIC has hosted visiting scholars from the United States, and other countries (China, Netherlands, Switzerland, and Italy) for periods ranging from one week to one year. We welcome visiting scholars who are PhD students, Postdoctoral scholars, as well as faculty members. To inquire about current availability please contact the Lab Director Noshir Contractor.

“I am participating in the “CI-KNOW” project to construct related knowledge recommend model, in regards to the similarity of keywords based on relevant articles and authors.”
Baozhen Li, Jiangsu University of Science & Technology, September 2010-September 2011

Postdoctoral Fellows

“Post-docs will guide research assistants, investigate various theoretical and conceptual research topics in social and knowledge networks, implement network algorithms and analysis, write papers, and coordinate research projects.”

Yun Huang

Available Positions

Graduate Researchers

SONIC Research Lab offers graduate students interested in social network analysis opportunities to be involved in a variety of projects, including studies of virtual worlds, team-assembly and collaboration, and community-based information and communication networks. Depending on the project, responsibilities participating in and/or managing data collection, conducting analysis, and preparing reports and publications.

“The lab offers graduate students a constructive environment for developing their own ideas and pursue their own research interests relevant to social networks.”
Lindsay Young, 2013

Software Developers

“Responsibilities will involve collaboration with a diverse team to develop social networking capabilities that interface with our existing platform: a web-based software tool for survey, analysis, visualization, and recommendation. This individual will be involved at all stages of the project, starting from the initial planning stages. She/he must be able to collaborate well with non-programming researchers.”
York Yao

Available Positions

Northwestern University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and welcomes applications from women and members of underrepresented groups.