Founded by Harvard IOP polling director and recent Harvard undergraduate, SocialSphere builds software that allows organizations of all kinds the ability to measure - and influence - public opinion in real-time in most every country in the world. Whether the data is used to influence presidential elections, persuade citizens the value of a public policy, predict box office or to target products to consumers — SocialSphere’s data-driven communication tools are a unique combination of access to the Facebook, Twitter and other social network firehoses, proprietary databases, predictive algorithms and a world-class team of Harvard-based strategists ready to ensure that every client and use case is poised for success. As a Director’s Intern, you will work closely with our founders and our team of analysts in order to provide insights and strategies that our clients will use to improve engagement and communication with their key audiences.
2017 Intern Reflection:
This summer I’ve been interning at SocialSphere, which is a data analytics company that combines social media data and opinion polling to generate strategic insights for both public and private sector clients. During the first few days of my internship I got to participate in the process of engaging a new client for the firm, which was a very exciting orientation. My primary project for the summer involves combining Facebook, Twitter and Google data to generate insights on public affairs in a foreign country for a confidential client. Aside from this project, I have done some demographic targeting work for Adidas Group, analyzed survey data on Americans’ views on famine and refugees for the International Rescue Committee, built a network map of the US Congress and explored the link between Natural Language Processing and neurological disorders for a health publication.
The work environment is fast-paced and intellectually stimulating but also manageable and flexible. From day one I have felt like a full member of the team rather than an intern. My work with SocialSphere has really sharpened my ability to quickly generate high-level insights from large and complex data, which will be useful for most anything I do moving forward. For future director’s interns, having a background in statistics or data analysis and familiarity with tools such as Excel, Python, SQL, etc. would be helpful. However, there is most definitely room to develop your skills on the job.
Osama Arif '18
SocialSphere is a social media based data analytics and software company located in Harvard Square that utilizes public user data from Facebook and Twitter to help connect their clients to the world's largest focus group. In part due to its focus in social media, SocialSphere's office atmosphere is one of innovation and collaboration among employees, with interns working alongside the full team of analysts, client managers, and founders to bring a variety of projects to market. I've taken a hands-on role in several projects involving a variety of organizations, such as The Marine Corp and Adidas, shaping projects that range from identifying fertile markets for emerging products to gauging public opinion of daily headline news. At the office, I am fully a part of the SocialSphere team, providing me with countless opportunities to leave my mark on our projects.
Often fast-paced and high-stakes, SocialSphere is at the cutting edge of social media analytics and software design, making it an incredibly exciting place to work. My contributions this summer are both meaningful and vital to the company. Yet, the work has been invaluable in teaching lessons applicable in any field, including politics. At SocialSphere, I am accumulating a unique skill set that will serve me well at any firm in the future!
Eryk Dobrushkin '18
SocialSphere is a social media data analytics company located in Harvard Square that uses information from Twitter (and soon Facebook) to help connect their clients to broader audiences on social networks. Because of its focus on social media, SocialSphere's office atmosphere is one of innovation and collaboration among all of its employees, with interns working alongside top analysts and the founders to bring a variety of projects to life. I've had the opportunity to take a hands-on role in several projects; working with organizations like Universal, MSNBC, and the MBTA on projects from conducting customer satisfaction surveys to gauging public opinion of presidential candidates to helping plan advanced screenings for soon-to-be-released films. Everyone in the office makes an effort to make sure I feel like part of the team, and there are constantly opportunities to leave a mark on projects.
Often fast-paced and high-stakes, SocialSphere is at the cutting edge of social media analytics and is an incredibly exciting place to work. The work I'm doing this summer is meaningful and purposeful, and has application in any field, including politics. I have picked up a unique skill set from being here that I know will serve me well in the future!
Allyson Perez '17