NAME OF ACTIVITY:  Quantitative Research Intern

TIME PERIOD: November 30, 2020 through May 31, 2021


BACKGROUND
About 1 billion women remain excluded from the formal financial system. Women’s World Banking 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.

Women’s World Banking’s research team employs both qualitative and quantitative methods. We conduct primary research through large-scale survey data, semi-structured interviews, and observations, and we analyze data from others, including administrative data from financial service providers and survey datasets collected by other institutions. Our research serves to describe challenges and opportunities for advancing women’s financial inclusion and economic empowerment; informs the design of new financial services and products tailored to women; and evaluates the impact of financial services on women’s economic autonomy and well-being.

ABOUT THE POSITION
The research team at Women’s World Banking seeks a graduate student intern who can assist with quantitative research on women’s financial inclusion. We work closely with our interns to design a work plan that fits the intern’s technical abilities and professional development goals, and the intern is expected to work on a range of research design as well as cleaning and 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 with a range of researchers trained in quantitative and qualitative analysis. This is a great opportunity for a graduate student with strong quantitative skills seeking hands-on experience in applied research for social impact.

Responsibilities:

The intern will be expected to work 20 hours per week and undertake some combination of the following activities:

  • Literature reviews on topics related to women’s financial inclusion and economic empowerment
  • Contributing to quantitative research design including sample design, power calculations, selection of methods
  • Drafting quantitative survey instruments
  • Data cleaning, structuring, and analysis using Stata or R
  • Creating data dashboards and data visualizations
  • Drafting sections of reports, blog posts, executive summaries, and presentations
  • Presenting research findings to staff
  • Other duties as required

Requirements:

  • Current graduate student in a master’s or PhD program in Economics, Public Policy, Public Administration, Development Studies, Sociology, or similar discipline with quantitative coursework
  • Experience cleaning and analyzing large datasets using Stata or R
  • 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, as Women’s World Banking will be fully remote through summer 2021
  • Access to data analysis software such as Stata or R 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)

 

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)
  • Resume/CV
  • List of quantitative coursework and grades received
  • Sample Stata do-file or R/Python scripts
  • Two references

Please note that all Women’s World Banking internships will be virtual and academic credit remains a requisite for the internship role. For any questions about the credit requisite, please contact Sophie Theis (st@womensworldbanking.org).