Globally, violence against women is a leading cause of premature death and morbidity for women. Almost one-third of women report experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV) or sexual violence by a non-partner at some point in their life, and nearly 40 percent of all homicides of women are committed by an intimate partner.

IPA has been a leader in the recent expansion of high-quality IPV research to identify how we can substantially reduce IPV. Along with many dedicated researchers, policymakers, and activists, the IPV Initiative has pushed researchers and implementing partners to think more seriously about IPV in their work. However, there is still a lot of work to do. Many of the underlying mechanisms that drive IPV are poorly understood and there is still a lack of actionable evidence on what programs work and why. Many existing programs aimed at reducing IPV are very broad in scope, and most evaluations of these programs have not “unpacked” the various components to understand what drives change. More research on IPV reduction is needed to address this pervasive problem.

As the amount of field research on violence increases, accurately measuring IPV and related outcomes becomes an even more pressing challenge. Research is needed to validate existing tools, standardize best practices, and test innovative approaches that may improve measurement.

To address these challenges and facilitate progress in reducing IPV globally, Innovations for Poverty Action has partnered with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and other affiliated researchers. The initiative will work across several fronts to:

  • Commission and carry out scientifically rigorous research to understand the underlying mechanisms influencing IPV.
  • Address ethical, methodological, and measurement challenges in violence research and support researchers to carry out ethical and high-quality studies.
  • Design, test, and scale innovative solutions to reduce IPV and scale the ones that work.

Position Summary:  

At IPA we are committed to improving lives through research and evidence. We are proud to welcome interns year round to help support our mission. This paid internship program is an opportunity for students and recent graduates like you to gain hands-on professional experience in a truly global organization. In addition to gaining real world experience, you will be exposed to several of IPA’s teams and be able to take advantage of tailored training and development opportunities. As an intern on the IPV Initiative team, here are some projects and activities that you can look forward to:

This intern position will work to create cross-disciplinary evidence reviews that provide background and context to IPV Initiative priorities and research work. We expect successful applicants to review wide-ranging research covering topics like women’s health and economic empowerment. This will require a comfort with reviewing economics research, as well as public health, psychology, and other relevant fields. In addition to collecting and summarizing existing evidence, this position will be responsible for assessing the level of research quality of data sources.

The ultimate work products of this internships will be dependent on the intern’s findings, but we expect this role to contribute to written works, including formal evidence reviews, blog posts, and stakeholder communications.

This internship will support growth in understanding and communication capacity around IPV and gender-related work. It will also directly contribute to turning research work into actionable recommendations to stakeholders to reduce IPV.

  • BS/BA in Economics and additional focus/degree in health, society, and/or other relevant fields
  • Research experience and/or publications in economics and/or gender-related health fields
  • Programmatic experience with women and/or gender-conscious care
  • Capacity to conduct high-quality desk research in an academic environment
  • Ability to judge research quality and rigor across multiple fields of study
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently
  • Ability to work across teams, including researcher and communication teams, to incorporate feedback and create final work products
  • Excellent English writing skills
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About IPA 

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy nonprofit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA brings together researchers and decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine these solutions and their applications, ensuring that the evidence created is used to improve the lives of the world’s poor. In recent decades, trillions of dollars have been spent on programs designed to reduce global poverty, but clear evidence on which programs succeed is rare, and when evidence does exist, decision-makers often do not know about it. IPA exists to bring together leading researchers and these decision-makers to ensure that the evidence we create leads to tangible impact on the world. Since its founding in 2002, IPA has worked with over 600 leading academics to conduct over 900 evaluations in 52 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 

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