Please Note:  Due to COVID-19 all IPA Volunteerships are remote.

IPA's Policy & Communications teams help IPA achieve its vision of a world with more evidence and less poverty by supporting the second and third Strategic Ambition pillars: sharing evidence strategically and equipping decision-makers to use evidence. These functions support IPA's global teams and country offices by creating clear, concise, and targeted communications products (comms) and providing dotted-line oversight and strategic advising services (policy) to country teams.

Volunteering with IPA's Policy & Communications teams will allow you to gain experience working at a global non-profit organization and provide an introduction to the research-to-policy sector.

Volunteers on IPA’s Policy & Communications teams will support the following:

  • Evidence reviews on agricultural investment, including:
    • Organizing relevant evidence and literature
    • Editing, proofreading
    • Contributing to planning and discussions
  • Policy communications products for research and policy initiatives focused on bringing evidence-based innovations to improve education and early childhood development outcomes among refugee and host community children in East Africa
    • Developing, editing, and contributing to presentations, publications, and policy tools to advance the policy goals of the initiative
  • Preparing IPA’s Cost-effectiveness analysis library for publication

The ideal candidate is flexible, hardworking, and works well on a team; has exceptional written and verbal communication skills; has strong project management skills; has a good understanding of research design, especially RCTs; has strong PPT skills. Design skills, experience working with researchers, and experience working in developing countries are all pluses


Bachelor’s degree or higher in related field (economics, public policy, public health, or related)

Application Instructions 

1) Send a resume and a cover letter to

  • In the email body: Put your full name, first (given) name followed by last (family) name.
  • Attachments: Please attach your resume and cover letter.
  • In the subject line: Copy exactly the following position line: IPA Policy & Communications – Student Volunteer Position
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 830 evaluations in 52 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 

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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