Liberal Arts Career Services
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UT Austin - Public Safety Commission Coding Project

Summer 2016 

Position: Public Safety Commission Coding Project
Student: Sociology Senior

A typical day in the life as an intern, working on Becky Pettit’s Public Safety Commission Project, consisted of working on the computer lab in the College of Liberal Arts building or at home using your own personal computer. Having the liberty to work from home during your own time was the best part since I could go home after a long day of school to work on it. My duties, as an intern, included analyzing, coding and transcribing public videos of the Public Safety Commission meetings held each month in Austin. 

I usually worked right after school, Monday through Friday for an hour or so each day in order to complete my assigned work. The first thing I had to do was to pick a Public Safety Commission meeting that I wanted to transcribe. Transcribing is the process of converting recordings of social or communicative human interaction into written text. Writing down of what was said is only part of the transcription task, it also involves attending to how things were said and the time they said it. The transcription then becomes the actual data used for further analysis. Transcribing is a relative simple task but it takes hours to finish transcribing multiple recordings.

After transcribing the recording comes the analytical process of coding the qualitative data. Coding the transcription means to assign categories to the data or information into a form understandable by computer software. The classification of information is an important step in the preparation of data for computer processing with statistical software.

In conclusion, working as an intern for Becky Pettit was an amazing opportunity to get personal insight of what it takes to work in the field of research. This opportunity has also strengthened my interest in pursuing graduate school.

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