Research Intern

Research Intern

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Position Summary

At IPA we are committed to improving lives through research and evidence. We are proud to welcome interns to help support our mission. This internship program is an opportunity for students like you to gain hands-on professional experience in a truly global organization. In addition to gaining real world experience, you will be exposed to several of IPA’s teams and be able to take advantage of tailored training opportunities. As an intern in the Tanzania Instant Payments System (TIPS) project team, here are some projects and activities that you can look forward to: 


1. Conducting literature reviews by researching and summarizing any relevant academic articles related to TIPS study. 

2. Analyzing data using statistical techniques or methods depending on the nature of the research study. 

3. Participating in research team meetings and discussions. 

4. Preparing and delivering presentations of research findings to colleagues and supervisor(s). 

5. Working closely with other members of the research team, including professors, researchers, or other interns, to contribute to the overall goals of the project. 

6. Perform other tasks as needed and handle any special projects if required.



1. Candidates must be a master’s student and have an undergraduate degree in economics, social science, public policy, international development, or other related fields. 

2. Demonstrated ability to carry out research tasks, including literature reviews, data collection, data analysis and interpretation of findings. 

3. Demonstrated strong analytical skills. 

4. Effective written and verbal communication skills. 

5. Proficiency in using statistical analysis software (e.g STATA, R, Python) and Microsoft Office Suite 6. Willingness to learn and adapt to new research methodologies, techniques and project requirements as needed.


1. Ability to manage time efficiently and meet deadlines, especially when working on multiple tasks.

2. Ability to work collaboratively in a team as well as independently.

3. Understanding of research ethics and commitment to maintaining confidentiality, integrity, and professionalism throughout the research process.

Reports to

Research Associate 


Dar es Salaam-Tanzania

Application Instructions

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About IPA 

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy nonprofit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA brings together researchers and decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine these solutions and their applications, ensuring that the evidence created is used to improve the lives of the world’s poor. In recent decades, trillions of dollars have been spent on programs designed to reduce global poverty, but clear evidence of which programs succeed is rare, and when evidence does exist, decision-makers often do not know about it. IPA exists to bring together leading researchers and these decision-makers to ensure that the evidence we create leads to a tangible impact on the world. Since its founding in 2002, IPA has worked with over 600 leading academics to conduct over 900 evaluations in 52 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 


IPA's Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) 

As an organization, IPA is dedicated to improving the lives of the world's most vulnerable populations through evidence and policy. We also recognize how important it is for our staff to reflect the diversity of the places where we work and the communities we work with. As such, IPA is committed to hiring from a diverse pool of candidates, from a range of backgrounds, beliefs, experiences, and perspectives. We know that this makes our work stronger and more responsive to the challenges faced by those we work with and for and we encourage people from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Click here to learn more about IPA’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Innovations for Poverty Action is an affirmative action-equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other protected class. IPA will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to a qualified applicant with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. If you believe you require such assistance to complete this form or to participate in an interview, please contact us at or via phone at 1-202-386-6200. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work to be performed by the specified position. The statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all possible duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary. Please note that IPA will never request any form of payment from an applicant. Applicants are encouraged to confirm the information listed above with IPA prior to releasing any extensive personal information to the organization. Please direct questions to Please note that only qualified applicants will be contacted by the hiring manager