Globally, most people living in poverty are in fragile states, yet rigorous evidence on how to build peace and stability in conflict and crisis-affected contexts is still limited. IPA established the Peace and Recovery Sector Program (P&R) to generate needed insights and innovation to address this problem. 

P&R develops, implements, and funds groundbreaking research on programs that reduce violence, build peace, and support recovery from conflict or disasters. P&R additionally supports the translating of this research into policy and practice through the dissemination of existing randomized evaluation results and the formation of partnerships with implementing organizations and policymakers in the field.

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. 

The Summer 2022 Peace & Recovery Student Intern will have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in an organization undertaking and supporting cutting-edge research related to crime, violence, conflict, and forced displacement. They will be mentored by IPA’s Peace & Recovery team, learn about the state of the research in the field, and contribute to the program’s growth. 

This intern will be expected to work between 20-40 hours per week, depending on availability and interest. The pay rate is $15/hour.


Learning opportunities are flexible depending on the candidate’s skills, interests, education, and previous experience. Examples of projects this position may support include the following: 

  • Streamlining of the Peace & Recovery Competitive Fund’s portfolio tracking, including learning opportunities related to information management (e.g. Salesforce)
  • Literature reviews on the state of research in the field
  • Fundraising and policy outreach activities 
  • Supporting the program’s external communications (e.g. website, Twitter, etc.) 
  • Other responsibilities as assigned
  • Currently pursuing or a recent graduate with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in political science, peace and conflict, international affairs, public policy, economics, or a related field 
  • Understanding of the peace and conflict literature and policy environment desired 
  • Ability to closely read, understand, and succinctly summarize rigorous social science research
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and a team player
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently 
  • Experience with Salesforce a plus
Application Instructions 
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. 

IPA's Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) 

As an organization, IPA is dedicated to improving the lives of the world's most vulnerable populations through evidence and policy. We also recognize how important it is for our staff to reflect the diversity of the places where we work and the communities we work with. As such, IPA is committed to hiring from a diverse pool of candidates, from a range of backgrounds, beliefs, experiences, and perspectives. We know that this makes our work stronger and more responsive to the challenges faced by those we work with and for and we encourage people from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Click here to learn more about IPA’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Innovations for Poverty Action is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other protected class. IPA will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to a qualified applicant with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. If you believe you require such assistance to complete this form or to participate in an interview, please contact us at or via phone at 1-202-386-6200. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work to be performed by the specified position. The statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all possible duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary. Please note that IPA will never request any form of payment from an applicant. Applicants are encouraged to confirm the information listed above with IPA prior to releasing any extensive personal information to the organization. Please direct questions to

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