Please Note:  Due to COVID-19 IPA Student Volunteerships will be remote until further notice.

IPA seeks a qualified and highly motivated applicant for the position of research student volunteer with IPA LAC to support several projects:

  • Costa Rica STEM program for secondary students: Rural youth affront lack opportunities to develop skills for work and live, and learning gap is even more visible in students’ transition to higher education. One cause of this gap is the low competition and learning levels of secondary education in these areas, and this gap is expected to be further amplified because of COVID-19 pandemic. For this reason, a new agriculture education program has developed by the Ministry of Education of Costa Rica and partners. The researchers want to evaluate it to identify its effectiveness in skills gap reducing.
  • Belize STEAM education program: The IDB and the Ministry of Education of Belize developed a program with the purpose of helping schools to improve learning and face learning challenges effectively. Researchers wants to measure the impact of this program on the improvement of education services.
  • Regional surveys of education in times of COVID-19: To limit the spread of COVID-19, governments in Latin America have adopted measures to increase social distancing, including closing schools and limiting mobility. Ministries of Education in the region have transitioned to distance education programs, with caregivers playing a key role in accompanying the learning process at home, but also, it increases challenges in all educational communities. It is necessary to measure how it is affecting to children, their caregivers, and their educators.

The student volunteer will work closely with the Research Associate to:

  • Assist in survey design and programming
  • Assist in data management and data cleaning
  • Assist in the creation of training material and reports
  • Assist in training of field teams
  • Assist in monitoring and supervising field teams
  • Perform other tasks assigned by the supervisor
  • Degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, or a related field
  • Self-starter, resourceful and detail-oriented with excellent organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently 
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with diverse constituencies
  • Ability to understand and consistently work towards achieving the highest quality data analysis and documenting steps taken
  • Eager to learn, and gain experience in a fast-paced organization
  • Strong oral and written Spanish communications skills
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials is a plus.
  • Familiarity with Latin America is a plus.
  • Prior knowledge of quantitative data collection instruments and tools is a plus.
  • Prior knowledge of quantitative data analysis packages is a plus (ideally Stata).
  • English is a plus
Application Instructions 

Application Instructions:

1) Send a resume and a cover letter to Kelly Montaño ( and Juan Manuel Hernandez-Agramonte (

  • 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 LAC – Student volunteer
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

** Please note that only qualified applicants will be contacted by the hiring manager.