Qualitative Research Intern, Summer 2023
Please note that all Women’s World Banking internships will be virtual and unpaid, although students are welcome to seek outside funding. For the position to be called an internship, academic credit remains a requisite (otherwise, it must be called a volunteer position). For any questions about the position or process, please contact Megan Dwyer Baumann (firstname.lastname@example.org).
WHO WE ARE
About 1 billion women remain excluded from the formal financial system. Women’s World Banking researches, designs, and invests in financial solutions, institutions, and policy environments in emerging markets to create greater economic security and prosperity for women, their families, and their communities. For Women’s World Banking, research is the fuel for our advisory and advocacy engines, uncovering the insights on which the organization’s decisions and actions are based.
Women’s World Banking’s research team employs and integrates both qualitative and quantitative methods to examine challenges and opportunities for advancing women’s financial inclusion and economic empowerment; inform the design of new financial services and products tailored to women; and evaluate the impact of financial services on women’s economic agency and well-being. We conduct primary research through large-scale survey data, semi-structured interviews, observations, and other participatory qualitative and design research techniques. We analyze data from primary and secondary research, including quantitative data we collect, administrative data from financial service providers, and survey datasets collected by other institutions.
We use quantitative research to produce insights on women customers’ needs. We use this research to better understand women in the context of their financial and economic lives and their environment, so that we can contribute to policy and financial services that benefit them.
INTERNING AT WOMEN’S WORLD BANKING
The research team at Women’s World Banking seeks a student intern to contribute to quantitative research on women’s financial inclusion, economic empowerment, and leadership in the financial sector. We work closely with our interns to design work plans that fit each intern’s technical abilities and professional development goals, and interns are expected to work on a range of research design as well as analysis activities. Our interns are fully integrated into the research team, joining weekly team meetings and weekly one-on-one meetings with their assigned manager. They will work in multi-disciplinary teams with researchers trained in quantitative and qualitative analysis, financial product specialists, design strategists, and policy and advocacy experts. This is a great opportunity for a student seeking hands-on experience in international applied research for social impact.
Roles and Responsibilities
What you’ll be doing:
The intern will be expected to work 20 hours per week and undertake some combination of the following activities:
- Contributing to quantitative research design including sample design, power calculations, selection of methods
- Drafting quantitative survey instruments
- Data manipulation, cleaning, structuring, and analysis using Stata, R, or Python
- Creating data dashboards and data visualizations
- Drafting sections of reports, blog posts, executive summaries, and presentations
- Presenting research findings to staff
- Literature reviews on topics related to women’s financial inclusion and economic empowerment
- Other duties as required
The skills and experiences you bring include:
- Current graduate student in a master’s program in Economics, Public Policy, Public Administration, Development Studies, Sociology, or similar discipline with quantitative coursework
- Experience cleaning and analyzing large datasets using Stata, R, or Python
- Experience using a range of quantitative analysis methods, such as regression analysis, trend analysis, predictive analytics, etc.
- Demonstrated ability to identify compelling trends in the data and compose an insightful narrative based on data
- Ability to work collaboratively on a fast-paced team
- Ability to work remotely
- Access to data analysis software such as Stata, R, or Python and adequate computer equipment to enable remote work
- Ability to commit to 20 hours per week of work with Women’s World Banking (working hours to be determined, with flexibility to accommodate the intern’s schedule)
You’re an ideal candidate if you have:
- Experience with survey design, sampling, and/or power calculations
- Experience studying financial inclusion, gender equality, and feminist research methods
- Experience working in one of Women’s World Banking’s priority markets (Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Egypt, Mexico, Nigeria)
- Fluency in one or more of the languages spoken in Women’s World Banking’s priority markets (Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Egypt, Mexico, Nigeria)
How to Apply
To apply, please submit:
- Brief cover letter that describes why you are interested in this role, relevant experience for the position, and dates of availability for this work (dates listed above are flexible)
- List of quantitative coursework and grades received
- Sample Stata do-file or R/Python scripts
- Two references
Starting March 1, we will review applications on a rolling basis and will remove this posting once we extend an offer.
About Women's World Banking
We believe in being a force for the greater good, devoted to accelerating and growing the financial inclusion of women. With rapidly changing markets, influenced by technology and social behavioral expectations, we are embarking on a new chapter to transform the way we design and implement solutions.
For over 40 years, Women’s World Banking has partnered with financial institutions, showing them the benefit of investing in women as customers. We equip these institutions with in-depth research and data driven insights to develop financial products and educational programs. While our clients are financial service providers, our mission is to engage consumers – women who are marginalized by financial systems.
Women’s World Banking and WWB Asset Management is an equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, color, citizenship, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran or reservist status or any other category protected by federal, state or local law.