Research Internships in Africa

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) has posted a number of summer internships for projects across the continent, including my own with Pia Raffler, “Meet the Candidates,” based in Uganda. Apply today and share widely!

  • Desired start date: April 2015 through July 2015
  • Deadline to apply: Applicants will be reviewed on rolling bases
  • Commitment:  A minimum of 10 weeks is required
  • Please note: All IPA internships are unpaid

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to discovering what works to help the world’s poor. We design and evaluate programs in real contexts with real people, and provide hands-on assistance to bring successful programs to scale. IPA is accepting interns for the Spring/Summer 2015 globally. These positions offer an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in an organization undertaking cutting-edge development research.

Meet the Candidates Intern (Kampala, Uganda)

IPA seeks a qualified applicant for the position of internshipfor the “Meet the Candidates” projectin Kampala, Uganda.

This study seeks to assess the role of information in the selection of effective politicians in the context of the 2015 primary elections and 2016 general elections in Uganda. In particular, we contrast the effect of political information – in the form of “Meet the Candidates” sessions – on voter behavior in intra- (primary) versus inter-party (multiparty) electoral environments. In addition, we propose to study the extent to which programmatic information on candidates’ platforms can dissuade citizens from voting along non-programmatic lines. The main project activity consists of a structured question and answer session with candidates, which will be recorded and screened in a random subset of polling stations. Data collection activities include a survey in selected constituencies, and collection of official electoral results at the level of the polling station.

This position offers an opportunity to gain first-hand data management and field experience in an organization undertaking cutting-edge development research. The position is based in Kampala, Uganda with possible travel throughout Uganda. The principal investigators are Pia Raffler and Melina Izama Platas.

The intern will work closely with academic researchers and other field staff to perform a variety of tasks including, for example: data management, data cleaning, survey design and pretesting, field team management, partnership relations, intervention planning and implementation. Desired start date: June 2015.

Desired Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, or related fields
  • Master’s degree preferred
  • Stata skills (or other data analysis software preferred)
  • Experience with data management
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently and a team player
  • Fluency and excellent communication skills in English
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials preferred

Experience living in a developing country is a plus

Note: this internship is unpaid.

How to Apply:

If you are interested, please send a resume and cover letter to and Please specify Internship MTC in the subject line.

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