Policy Intern, J-PAL – Cambridge, MA

J-PAL is recruiting an Undergraduate Policy Intern to contribute to its mission of promoting evidence-based policy through the Global office. The internship is based at MIT in Cambridge, MA (not remote work). This is a paid, full-time position (40 hours per week) during the summer. Start and end dates are flexible, but we ask for a ten-week commitment at minimum.

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) was established in 2003 as a research center at the Economics Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since then, it has grown into a global network of researchers who use randomized evaluations to answer critical policy questions in the fight against poverty.

J-PAL’s mission is to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is based on scientific evidence, and research is translated into action. We do this through three main activities:

  • Conducting Rigorous Impact Evaluations: J-PAL researchers conduct randomized evaluations to test and improve the effectiveness of programs and policies aimed at reducing poverty.
  • Policy Outreach: J-PAL’s policy group analyzes and disseminates research results and builds partnerships with policymakers to ensure that policy is driven by evidence, and effective programs are scaled up.
  • Capacity Building: J-PAL equips practitioners with the expertise to carry out their own rigorous evaluations through training courses and joint research projects.

The Undergraduate Policy Intern supports the efforts of the Policy Group at J-PAL Global to translate research into action.

  • Communications: Assisting with the maintenance of J-PAL’s website
  • Database Management: Tracking changes to J-PAL’s research network and projects using internal information systems like Salesforce
  • Policy Writing: Helping maintain J-PAL’s evaluation summaries database, including writing, updating, and fact-checking summaries
  • Sector-Specific Work: Completing small research and writing tasks that involve working with policy staff for J-PAL’s eight sectors (Agriculture; Crime, Violence & Conflict; Education; Environment & Energy; Finance; Governance; Health; and Labor)
  • Miscellaneous: Any other tasks as needed

Your strong communication and organizational skills, as well as your background in economics/public policy and your interest in poverty alleviation, make you an ideal candidate for the Undergraduate Policy Intern.

  • Education: You are a junior or senior with high grades in economics coursework, including econometrics/statistics.
  • Experience and Interest: You have demonstrated strong interest in international development or public policy through coursework, study abroad, or previous internship experience.
  • Communication: Your strong communication skills help you write clear and concise documents.
  • Organization: Your robust organizational capacity and ability to pay attention to detail enable you to handle several projects at once and meet deadlines
  • Attitude: You are willing to work hard, excited to learn, and enthusiastic about taking on a broad range of assignments

Apply by February 23rd at https://www.povertyactionlab.org/careers/undergraduate-policy-intern-summer-2018-102424.

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