NAME OF ACTIVITY:  Quantitative Research Intern

TIME PERIOD: September 1-December 15, 2021

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 organization decisions and actions are based.

Women’s World Banking’s research team employs both qualitative and quantitative methods to examine 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 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 our 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. 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.


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.


What you’ll be doing:

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


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 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
  • 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 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 credit requisite, please contact Sonja Kelly (