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Opportunity Lab Intern


The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) is a hub for research on global development, with a network of over 75 academic researchers anchored at the University of California, Stanford University, University of British Columbia, and the University of Washington. Our faculty affiliates design and test solutions for the problems of poverty, generating actionable evidence for policy-makers. Using rigorous field trials, behavioral experiments, and tools from data science, we measure and maximize the impacts of economic development programs throughout the world.


The Berkeley Opportunity Lab is a program housed under CEGA that generates high quality evidence on poverty and inequality both domestically and abroad. Our affiliated network of faculty affiliates, who span Berkeley’s departments and colleges, produce rigorous research based in empirical economics.

Closing Date

Sep 15, 2017 11:59 pm PDT


CEGA seeks a motivated student intern to work closely with the Berkeley Opportunity Lab (O-Lab). This is an opportunity for a graduate student to work part time (10-20 hours per week) for the duration of the fall semester (mid-September to early December). CEGA is able to offer a small stipend for this position.



  • Review, summarize, and contextualize relevant academic papers in collaboration with faculty and O-Lab staff.

  • Draft descriptions and contextualize academic work.

  • Present CEGA research at internal staff “learning lunches”

Required Qualifications

  • Graduate Student studying public policy, economics, or other relevant field.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Extremely well organized, with strong administrative skills and outstanding attention to detail.

  • Self-directed, intrinsically motivated; proven capacity to manage work independently, multitask and be responsive to time-sensitive deadlines.

  • Strong skills in short-term planning, analysis, problem-anticipation and -solving, and customer service; ability to independently investigate solutions to administrative challenges and anticipate leadership needs.

  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to change.

  • Strong competency with MS Office (including solid understanding of Excel) and Google applications.

Desired Qualifications

  • Interest in poverty alleviation

  • Experience with creating communications/marketing materials

  • Sense of humor with a positive attitude in approaching challenges and uncertainty.

Application Requirements

Send a cover letter and CV to with the Subject "O-Lab Intern - Fall 2017." Please include any relevant communications writing samples such as academic papers and/or blog posts.

*If you are applying to multiple positions, please make note this in the body of the email*