Research Assistant Intern, GIRL Center

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Population Council

TITLE OF INTERNSHIP: Research Assistant Intern, GIRL Center

INTERNSHIP SUPERVISOR: Data & Digital Product Coordinator

LOCATION: 1 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, New York, NY


INTERNSHIP SUMMARY: The Population Council’s Girl Innovation, Research, & Learning Center (GIRL Center) is a global research and thought leadership hub that generates, synthesizes, and translates evidence on adolescent girls. The GIRL Center works to ensure that policies and programs that aim to improve the health and well-being of adolescent girls are based on rigorous research and high-quality evidence. The Research Assistant Intern will be responsible for providing research and logistical support to the EGER project. The Evidence for Gender and Education Resource (EGER) is the first freely available resource to help the global gender and education community make informed decisions about their programming, investments, and policy and research priorities.

Ideal candidates can work up to 6 months for 20 hours per week.


1. Provide support with data collection, entry, and management. This includes collecting organizational and program data, providing quality assurance during data collection, entering all data with accuracy, and conducting data validation approaches.

2. Provide support on research projects, including conducting literature reviews, creating bibliographies, and formatting tables.

3. Draft sections of and copy-edit reports, briefs, presentations, and communications materials for EGER and other Population Council projects, as needed.

4. Other duties to support the overall development and management of the GIRL Center, as assigned.


We understand that there are many paths to acquiring expertise and experience and strong candidates may not have every qualification listed here. We encourage applications from individuals with diverse and/or nontraditional backgrounds who bring passion, skills, and experience in many or most of these areas.

1. Enrolled in or recently graduated from a Master’s Degree Program with at least 1 year of work experience in international development or research (internships are considered relevant work experience).

2. Excellent writing and communication skills, for both research and policy audiences.

3. Demonstrated ability to work independently and remain accountable in a remote-work environment, manage time efficiently, prioritize, and multi-task.

4. Ability to read and synthesize published articles and grey literature.

5. Excellent organizational skills, with keen attention to detail and the ability to multi-task.

6. Excellent English language skills (oral and written).

7. Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook is required.

8. Experience with data collection and data management preferred.

Hourly rate between $18-22 per hour, depending on knowledge, skills and experience

Application Deadline: May 5, 2023

When applying through the web portal please attach your CV and Cover Letter in Word or PDF format.

The Population Council is an international, nonprofit, nongovernmental institution that seeks to improve the well-being and reproductive health of current and future generations around the world and to help achieve a humane, equitable, and sustainable balance between people and resources. The Council conducts biomedical, social science, and public health research and helps build research capacities in developing countries. Established in 1952, the Council is governed by an international board of trustees. Its New York headquarters supports a global network of country offices. We are seeking an individual to fill the position described. If you know of a qualified candidate or are interested in this position, please apply at:

The Population Council provides equal opportunity; it does not discriminate against any person with regard to age, color, creed, national origin, disability, political belief, veteran status, religion, marital status, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Decisions on employment are based on an individual’s qualifications as related to the position for which they are being considered. The Council especially encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups including but not limited to Black people and people of African descent, Indigenous people, people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, including people who identify as transgender, non-binary, or gender expansive, people with disabilities, first-generation college graduates, and those from communities with the most to gain from expanded access to sexual and reproductive health services and information and quality education. The Population Council is international in the composition of its board of trustees and its staff, as well as in the nature and deployment of its activities.