Research Intern

FHI 360, Washington DC, United States

Skill Required:, Research and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
19th August, 2020

Job Description

Chief Science Office Overview

The Chief Science Office (CSciO) was established in the FHI 360 Executive Office in 2016 to provide the vision, strategic leadership, and direction to sustain the quality of science at FHI 360 and to grow FHI 360’s portfolio of scientific work, including a full range of research and evaluation capabilities (human, social, methodological, and technological) in both the natural and the social sciences. The Chief Science Office is staffed by the Chief Science Officer, the Principal Economist, and a Communications Manager. The Principal Economist also plays a central role in FHI 360’s social impact reporting initiative, working closely with the Chief Operations Office.

Position Description

FHI 360 has an exciting opportunity for an internship in the Chief Science Office under the guidance of Annette Brown, FHI 360’s Principal Economist, and working closely with the Communications Manager. The research intern will serve as a research assistant tasks and a communications assistant for research-related communications. The research will include performing simple data analysis, creating tables and graphs, writing sections of reports, and preparing PowerPoint presentations. Research tasks will also include identifying and summarizing documents to support background analysis and write blog posts. The intern will occasionally communicate with researchers both inside of and outside of the company in person, by phone, and over email. Other professional duties include formatting and revising CVs, creating and updating project trackers, assisting with logistics for events, searching public image files, and others. The intern may be asked to attend outside events via webinar and take notes or tweet.

This paid, full-time internship is ideal for recent graduates who want to obtain professional experience while exploring the job market, or for current students who are taking a semester off in order to gain professional experience. During the four months of the internship, the intern will: build their writing skills and publish two or more blog posts for the R&E Search for Evidence blog; conduct qualitative and quantitative data analysis and co-author one or more internal reports with FHI 360’s Principal Economist; learn how to use social media effectively for disseminating research information; and become familiar with new research and evidence in multiple human development sectors through reading and webinars. The internship is based in FHI 360’s Washington, DC office and will be performed remotely until the office is re-opened.

Please submit both cover letter and a resume to apply. Contact if you have any technical questions or need assistance submitting an application. Current work authorization in the United States is required.


  • Provide research assistance to analyze qualitative and quantitative data;
  • Create charts, graphs, and other visual representations of information;
  • Conduct literature searches to support research and other knowledge management activities;
  • Read and summarize academic articles as directed by supervisors;
  • Write report sections, blog posts, research website text, and social media material;
  • Develop or format PowerPoint presentations;
  • Assist communications activities by communicating with FHI 360 staff and external professionals;
  • Coordinate event logistics and build and maintain project trackers.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a social science or other relevant field with an emphasis on quantitative social science analysis;
  • Proven writing and analytical skills as demonstrated by research papers or other analytical writing samples;
  • Demonstrated advanced skills in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, including data analysis in Excel;
  • Demonstrated research experience, which may include research papers produced as part of advanced coursework, but should not be limited to website citations;
  • Familiarity with program evaluation methods and especially experimental and quasi-experimental impact evaluation methods, gained through program evaluation coursework or research experience, preferred;
  • Experience with systematic search, screening, and coding of academic articles preferred;
  • Familiarity with one or more of FHI 360’s topical areas of focus whether in the United States or in global development as demonstrated by university coursework, research papers, or past professional experience;
  • Reliability to complete tasks in a remote work environment and ability to prioritize tasks, as demonstrated by prior work or education experience;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate in a clear, positive manner with external stakeholders and colleagues;
  • Fluent in English.

Typical Physical Demands:

  • Typical office environment.
  • Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to lift 5-50 lbs.

Technology to be Used:

  • Personal Computer, Microsoft Office (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), e-mail, telephone, printer, calculator, copier, cell phones, PDAs and other hand held devices.

Travel Requirements:

  • Less than 10%

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.


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