Enigma Research Fellow


Position Type: Full Time
Duration: June 1, 2019 – August 15, 2019
Compensation: $15,000
Location: Office in Lower Manhattan
Application Deadline: April 7, 2019 at 11:59PM
Apply: brwn.co/fellow19


The Brown Institute and Enigma fellowships offers one student the opportunity to be a journalist in residence at Enigma headquarters for 10 weeks, focusing on how connecting data can uncover corruption. The fellow will build a series of case studies dissecting how data has been used as a source in investigative journalism, culminating in a typology or “playbook” for how journalists can use linked datasets as key sources to drive their investigations. Enigma, a New York-based data linking company, connects internal data to the real world to create new intelligence about people, places and companies. Enigma Public brings together thousands of datasets into a single searchable database that is free and open to the public.

The Research Fellow must be reasonably fluent in a programming language for data manipulation — R and Python are fine examples. They must also be skilled at reporting and writing, with some experience using data to find and tell stories. The Fellow will work as a full-time, temporary employee of Enigma. Applicants must be current students or 2019 graduates of Columbia Journalism School.


Apply via Columbia Journalism School JobNews. Application requirements include: (1) one-page résumé; (2) cover letter addressed to Enigma Internship Selection Team; (3) names and contact information of three references (2/3 should be CJS Faculty); (4) links to three work samples. In your cover letter, please describe any special experience relevant to the position and/or skills in reporting, editing, data, visualization, or product development. For references, list as a separate cover sheet.

Please make sure that you have a correct email listed on JobNews. Your application confirmation will be sent to this email. Contact Career Services immediately if you applied but didn’t get a confirmation. If you do not follow-up, we will be unable to consider your application after the deadline passes.