We’re excited to announce that the Global Health and Wellbeing Cause Prioritization team at Open Philanthropy will be hiring several interns this summer to work with us on research to help pick new causes to support. We think this is a great way for us to grow our capacity, develop research talent, and expand our pipeline for future full-time roles. The key points are:
- Applications are due at 11:59 PM Pacific on Sunday, April 3, 2022.
- Applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree program or working in a position that offers externship/secondment opportunities.
- The internship runs from June 6 to August 12 (with limited adjustments based on academic calendars) and is paid ($18,000 over the 10-week program) and fully remote.
- We’re open to a wide variety of backgrounds, but expect some of the strongest candidates to be enrolled in masters or doctoral programs in the social sciences.
- We aim to employ people with many different experiences, perspectives and backgrounds who share our passion for accomplishing as much good as we can. We are committed to creating an environment where all employees have the opportunity to succeed, and we do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. We particularly encourage applications from self-identified women, people of color and people from low and middle income countries.
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About the internship
We’re looking for students currently enrolled in degree programs (or people whose work offers externship/secondment opportunities) to apply for a research internship from June-August 2022 and help us investigate important questions and causes. We see the internship as a way to grow our capacity, develop promising research talent, and expand our recruiting pipeline for full-time roles down the line. We plan to treat interns as team members working on the team’s core priorities, while also showing them how Open Philanthropy works and helping them build skills important for cause prioritization research.
Most projects will take the form of “opinionated, short research briefs” – synthesizing expert opinion, academic research, and prior views to get to a bottom line on an important question or promising area. Examples of projects our interns have taken on in the past include:
- assessing how greater risk of conflict from climate change should affect our social cost of carbon
- doing a shallow investigation on special economic zones
- helping with a major internal project focused on determining Open Philanthropy’s optimal spending path
We expect that future interns will work on additional shallow investigations on topics such as reducing the risk of great power conflict, electrification for industrial development, and counterfeit drugs in LMICs. Interns will work on multiple projects of different depths, in the same way as full-time team members. Specific projects will depend on the team’s needs and the intern’s skills. Interns will report to an existing cause prioritization team member and participate in team meetings and discussions, including presenting their work to the team for feedback.
Like the day-to-day work of our full-time Research and Strategy Fellows, the internship would require:
- Talking to global experts, reviewing reports or academic papers, and working with potential grantees to decide whether a potential cause area is important, neglected, and tractable.
- Dividing time between gathering new information and synthesizing it into concrete recommendations.
- Working to get the right answer, not to summarize others’ views. This will require making reasonable judgment calls and being willing to tackle a problem from multiple angles to check your logic.
- Being able to write clearly and well, with strong reasoning transparency.
- Doing back of the envelope calculations to estimate social returns and valuations.
- Working in a way that is aligned with Open Philanthropy’s core operating values of openness, ownership, calibration and inclusiveness.
Who might be a good fit
We’re open to a variety of backgrounds, but all applicants must be enrolled in a degree program at the time that they are applying, or work at an organization that offers externship/secondment opportunities. Enrolled applicants must be no more than 1 year away from graduation in an undergraduate or masters program, or must be in their 2nd year or higher in a doctoral program. If you have any questions about your eligibility, please feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We expect that successful applicants will likely have a background in social science (including, but not limited to, having or working towards a master’s or PhD in a social science topic), comfort with quantitative approaches and methods, and experience in topics that are core to the GHW approach, such as economic development/growth, public health, scientific research, etc.
In the application form, we’ll offer a choice between Research and Strategy tracks, which map to the distinction between our full-time Research and Strategy Fellow positions. In general, both tracks often work on similar types of problems and there are many overlapping skills between the two tracks. However, the Research track involves deeper familiarity with social science research and more comfort interrogating the methodologies used in economics, political science, and similar fields, while the Strategy track tends to rely more on quicker, more assumptions-driven calculations, as well as projects that are more focused on how to “make something happen” in the world.
We anticipate hiring more Research track interns than Strategy interns, so if you’re uncertain which sounds like a better fit for you, we’d encourage you to select the Research track (but otherwise encourage you to select whichever fits your background and interests better).
How to apply
Please apply by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on April 3 to be considered.
We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, so we encourage interested candidates to apply early. The process will have three main steps: initial application, completion of a work test (for which we offer an honorarium payment to acknowledge applicants' time), and several interviews with the team.
- These are temporary, full-time, paid positions. Our plan is for the internships to run for 10 weeks from June 6 to August 12, though we’re open to limited adjustments based on academic calendars. Potential interns must be available for 40 hours per week during their internships.
- Compensation will be based on our entry-level researcher salary and will be $1,800 per week, and $18,000 over the full 10-week program. Interns will also be eligible for health insurance.
- This position is remote. However, we encourage interns to co-locate with their manager for 1-2 weeks of the internship. Open Philanthropy will pay for temporary lodging during this travel.
- We are happy to consider applicants currently studying in the United States on student visas, and we will provide any supporting documentation they may need to be eligible for this internship. However, we don’t control who is and isn’t eligible for a visa and can’t guarantee approval under the applicant's student visa program.
- We may be able to hire a successful applicant who lacks U.S. work authorization to work remotely abroad.
We aim to employ people with many different experiences, perspectives and backgrounds who share our passion for accomplishing as much good as we can. We are committed to creating an environment where all employees have the opportunity to succeed, and we do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. We particularly encourage applications from self-identified women, people of color and people from low and middle income countries.
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