Fund Details
Economic Research Internship for Summer
Award Amount
up to $5000
Competition Type


Who We Are:
EPoD (Evidence for Policy Design) India at IFMR (Institute for Management and Research), in collaboration with Yale University’s Economic Growth Center and the MacMillan Center, work together to use economic frameworks and analytical tools to answer pressing policy questions and spur real-world change. We partner with policymakers to understand challenges to achieving policy objectives, design and test interventions, and share applicable insights from economic theory and empirics to more effectively deliver public services and improve the well-being of vulnerable groups. Current areas of research include gender and economic engagement (labor markets, technology, and financial inclusion); environmental policy, and governance.

In partnership with our host institution, IFMR LEAD at KREA University, EPoD India at IFMR is currently recruiting interns to support several research projects for the summer of 2020. The selected candidate will have the opportunity to join a team of leading economists and public policy experts from Yale and EPoD India at IFMR to work on cutting-edge development research in the areas of capacity building, environment, governance, gender, or financial inclusion and gain first-hand experience working with policy partners, implementing surveys and field experiments, and conducting data cleaning and analysis.
Interns’ scope of work will be finalized in consultation with selected candidates and determined based on project needs and candidates’ skillsets and interests. Previous candidates have typically focused on 1-2 projects throughout the summer. Interns have interacted with government partners in the context of research-policy collaborations, contributed to the planning and implementation of field activities (including surveys and programmatic interventions), conducted literature reviews and data cleaning and analysis, helped write policy briefs and similar materials, and provided support for training of government partners.
Candidates should have strong interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to engage with policy partners at various levels. Excellent English written and oral communication skills is mandatory, and the ability to speak Hindi or another relevant language to India/Nepal is preferred but not absolutely necessary for a candidate with strong technical skills. Ideal candidates will be mature, self-directed and able to balance multiple tasks, prioritizing effectively to meet deadlines in a fast-paced working environment. Experience in Stata and training in econometrics is preferred.

This position will be based in one of our EPoD India at IFMR offices in India or Nepal (sites include Delhi, Raipur, Patna, and Kathmandu). Some travel throughout the country can be expected, depending on the nature of the intern’s focus project. 
High quality candidates will be awarded up to $5,000 and visa assistance if needed, although we do evaluate external funding favorably in the candidate selection process.

Application Information:

Please note that special consideration will be taken for applications that are submitted by February 25, 2020. 
A complete application MUST include the following:

·  Cover letter (one page maximum) with approximate travel dates
·  CV (two pages maximum)
·  Academic transcripts from all degrees received and/or degrees in progress. In order to obtain Yale unofficial transcript please go to and print it as a PDF file.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to see that the complete application reaches us by the deadline.

Notifications of awards will be made by late April.

For more information contact Christina Castellani at

Special Eligibility Requirements:

Dates are flexible, with an absolute minimum 8 week commitment

Experience in Stata and training in econometrics is preferred

Contact Information:

For questions about this application, please contact Christina Castellani at

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