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Agriculture Intern (Fall 2024)


CEGA seeks an intern for Fall 2024 who will support the Agricultural program,with event support, grant management, and research communications.


CEGA is a hub for research on global development, headquartered at the University of California, Berkeley. CEGA’s large, interdisciplinary network—including a growing number of scholars from low and middle-income countries (LMICs)—identifies and tests innovations designed to reduce poverty and promote development. CEGA researchers use rigorous evaluations, tools from data science, and new measurement technologies to assess the impacts of large-scale social and economic development programs. Through careful matchmaking, competitive grant-making, and integrated research dissemination and policy engagement activities, CEGA ensures that the scientific evidence we produce improves the lives of people living in poverty.

The Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative (ATAI) and the Digital Agriculture Innovations and Services Initiative (DAISI), co-managed by the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), are seeking a Fall 2024 intern to support initiative development and research synthesis. We think this could be a great fit for a student interested in agricultural development. This position will report to Carson Christiano, Executive Director and Jenna Fahle, Program Manager at CEGA.

Position Description

CEGA seeks an intern for the Fall 2024 semester to provide support for our agriculture research portfolio. This is an opportunity for a graduate student to work part-time (approximately 10-12 hours per week). Interns should be based in the Bay Area and able to work a hybrid schedule (mix of in-person at UC Berkeley ~1 – 2x per week and remote).

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Communications and dissemination support: Support CEGA’s agricultural program communications by creating Mailchimp campaigns. As needed, assist with press releases, and blogs.

Event support: Support ATAI event planning including venue coordination and booking, agenda setting and promotion, in coordination with staff from J-PAL.

Website support: is an important dissemination channel for project descriptions (examples here), research publications, and synthesis papers. The intern will support our web communications strategy by ensuring that the people, projects, and publications are up-to-date and accessible to the public.

DAISI Research Competition: CEGA administers research competitions to select and fund research to carefully evaluate digital services for small-scale producers in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia (see our framing paper for additional information). The intern will assist with various tasks for the Fall 2024 research competition; for instance, anonymizing application materials to circulate for peer-review.

Other Special Assignments: As needed the intern may support CEGA events, curate ATAI and DAISI content for CEGA outreach, and contribute to CEGA’s Salesforce tracking systems.

Required Qualifications

  • Undergraduate or Graduate Student studying global development, social science, public policy, or other relevant fields
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong ability to anticipate, plan, prioritize, and meet deadlines

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with event planning, social media, communications, and design
  • Experience working with cross-functional and multicultural teams
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Self-directed and intrinsically motivated worker with a proven capacity to support multiple projects at once, and be responsive to time-sensitive deadlines.
  • Knowledge of WordPress and Mailchimp
  • Commitment to scientific, evidence-led international development policy and capacity building in low-income countries
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to change
  • Sense of humor with a positive attitude


CEGA compensates graduate student interns (graduate students, graduate degree holders, or equivalent) at $26/hour and undergraduate student interns at $21/hour.


Approximate dates: August 9, 2024 through end of Fall semester. Training hours (~10 hours) will be requested in June 2024 to align with CEGA staffing.

Appointment Details and How to Apply

Please submit a one-page cover letter and CV as one PDF with the naming convention “LastName_FirstName_AgInternFall24” to by May 20, 2024.
The first review of applications will occur from May 14th-17th, with interviews from May 20th-24th. The second review of applications will occur from May 20-24, with interviews from May 28-31.

Submissions Deadline

May 20 2024

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