Leap Laboratory for Effective Anti-poverty Policies

Current Open Positions

In this sections you will find positions as a Research Assistant (RA) or Internships which are currently open on LEAP projects or other partner institutes and organizations. Information on how to apply is available in the description of each position.

There is a section at the end of this page where you can also find an archive with recently closed positions.


Internship Opportunity – “Meet Your Future” Project  attachment

Job description

Positions for the summer remain fully remote. The intern will primarily work on the “Meet Your Future” project. This is a Randomized Control Trial that seeks to investigate how career-coaching and job search assistance for young jobseekers entering job market can (i) increase the effectiveness of the job search process and entrepreneurial efforts, (ii) influence their aspirations and self-confidence while at school, (iii) reduce information gaps, (iv) align expectations with labor market conditions and (v) improve labor market performance. The experimental setting is that of Vocational Training Institutes (VTI) in Uganda. Vocational training is a common route through which young Ugandans acquire skills, and a common tool used by NGOs and governments to support disadvantaged youth by providing them skills demanded on the labor market. The coaching is operated by the “the future you”, an alumnus of the VTI, who successfully entered the labor market after receiving the training. 


Main duties and responsibilities of the intern will include:

  1. Participate to the data collection activities, such as:
    1. Contribute to the design of quantitative survey instruments;
    2. Lead the programming of the survey instruments on tablets;
    3. Manage the field implementation of the surveys – this will involve monitoring the central server as well as the activities of enumerators in the field to ensure maximum data quality;
    4. Manage and organize the data coming in from the field to the central server;
  2. Support data cleaning and data management activities and assist the research team in data analysis as needed.
  3. Contribute to report writing on the progress of fieldwork.
  4. Contribute to data analysis activities.

Other Requirements

BRAC needs a person who can easily adapt to the African social context. The intern should be proactive, autonomous and able to communicate effectively.



June 1st to August 31st (one opening).

The dates are slightly flexible, but a minimum availability of 12 weeks full time is required.


Desired Background

· MSc in Economics, Econometrics, Statistics or related quantitative discipline. First year students in a two-year MSc program will be considered.

· Good knowledge of STATA.

· Excellent knowledge of Development Economics and Econometrics.

· Very good command of English. 

· High attention to detail.

Application details

To apply, please send a CV, a short cover letter (one-page max) and a recently written sample STATA .do file to: livia.alfonsi@berkeley.edu and sara_spaziani@brown.edu.

Please write “MYF-internship application” followed by your last name in the subject of your application email.

Other Open Positions:


2-5 Researcher at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (London)

The institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) is looking to recruit 2-5 new researchers to join IFS next autumn, exceptionally talented students direct from an undergraduate degree or with a master's degree. IFS is looking for highly motivated students who have shown an unusual aptitude for economics, preferably combined with an interest in policy issues and a taste for numerical work.

IFS has a strong record in training excellent social scientists, some of whom continue to work at IFS for many years while others have moved on to careers in a variety of organisations including the civil service, the media and academia. Researchers at IFS have the chance to carry out in-depth economic research and also to communicate their findings to politicians, journalists, academics and many others. IFS aims to cultivate a supportive and intellectually stimulating environment, encouraging staff to develop their skills, through further study, ad hoc training and by giving them opportunities to get involved with all aspects of research and communication right from the start.

IFS also runs a summer student scheme to give students, who are at the end of their penultimate year of study, an opportunity to see economic research in action.

How to apply:

Please find more information on the open position and application on IFS website.

Archive of Closed Positions