Summer Internships

Please note that applications are now closed for the 2018 internship program. Please check back with us next spring for information about the 2019 program. The information below is for reference purposes only.

We at the Crowd Intelligence Lab are excited to be accepting applications for paid Summer 2018 internships at our Arlington, VA location.

About the internship

Virginia Tech Research Center-Arlington

Interns will contribute to exciting research projects that develop their technical skills, independent thinking, and creativity, and provide excellent preparation for graduate studies or careers in research and development. Current projects focus on combining crowdsourcing with artificial intelligence to support investigations, verifying or debunking photos posted on social media, and identifying the names of people in historical photos.

Each intern will be matched with an experienced mentor and a project team. He or she will also have the opportunity to interact with faculty and students from the Crowd Lab, the Discovery Analytics Center, and the Hume Center for National Security and Technology (including CyberLeaders), all based at our Arlington campus. Additionally, our location in the heart of the National Capital Region provides numerous opportunities for engaging with professionals in government, business, and non-profit sectors.

Interns will also receive a generous stipend, funded by the National Science Foundation, to support their living expenses in the Washington, DC area.

Internships will generally last 10 consecutive weeks between May and August 2018, but there is some flexibility.

About the Crowd Lab

The Crowd Intelligence Lab, directed by Prof. Kurt Luther, is an interdisciplinary research group at Virginia Tech. We build and study crowdsourcing systems that support creativity and discovery. Our research has won paper awards at top conferences like CSCW and HCOMP and has been featured in media such as Time, Harvard Business Review, The Atlantic, and CNN.

The Crowd Lab has hosted over 25 undergraduate researchers in majors such as computer science, national security, visual communication design, and history. These students regularly win awards at Virginia Tech’s annual CS Undergraduate Research Symposium, have been co-authors on award-winning papers published at top conferences, and have gone on to succeed in graduate programs (Virginia Tech, Carnegie Mellon) and full-time employment (Amazon, Bloomberg, Garmin).

How to apply

To be eligible, students must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions, and enrolled in an undergraduate degree program.

These internships are well-suited for (though not exclusive to) applicants with interests in web development, visual/graphic design, and/or qualitative and quantitative data analysis. Domain knowledge in national security, journalism, and/or history is also a plus.

We strongly encourage applications from students from underrepresented groups in computer science, students in majors outside of computer science, and students outside Virginia Tech.

To apply, please send an email to with the subject “Crowd Lab Summer 2018 internship.” In the body of the email, please write a cover letter that includes 1) why you are interested in this internship; and 2) which one or two projects you are most excited about, and why. Please also attach a current CV or resume as a PDF.

Applications are now being accepted until the positions are all filled. Feel free to contact Dr. Luther with questions.