Who We Are:

Inclusion Economics at Yale University, based at the Economic Growth Center and the MacMillan Center and in collaboration with Inclusion Economics India Centre at IFMR and Inclusion Economics Nepal at Governance Lab, draws upon economics, political science, and related fields to conduct cutting-edge research to understand how policy can promote inclusive, accountable economies and societies. Our core research focuses on gender, labor economics and women’s economic opportunities, political economy and governance, and environmental economics. Throughout the research life cycle, we engage closely with policy counterparts to ensure we address questions of immediate relevance, and we regularly communicate data-driven insights with policy counterparts and the public. Yale Inclusion Economics (YIE) is led by Professor Rohini Pande, Henry J. Heinz II Professor of Economics and Director of the Economic Growth Center, and Dr. Charity Troyer Moore, Scientific Director at the MacMillan Center; YIE works closely with teams of researchers based at Yale and other universities. 

The Role:

For summer 2024, students will join our teams in India or Nepal for eight weeks to assist with on-the-ground development economic research within our portfolio (gender, political economy, and the environment). Our internships are ideal for candidates interested in learning more about applied economic research in fields ranging from development, labor, environmental, and/or gender economics to political economy. The Inclusion Economics Summer Research Intern will contribute to the planning and implementation of primary data collection and related activities associated with applied development economics research (including surveys and programmatic interventions) in India and Nepal. This may include management and tracking of incoming data and basic data cleaning and analysis. Candidates may also be asked to conduct literature reviews, draft policy briefs and memos, provide support for the training of government partners, and/or provide support for additional research-linked activities. 

Preferred qualifications:

  • Training in economics or a related field
  • Strong quantitative skills and some experience with Stata
  • Highly-motivated self-starter with a proven track record of working in teams and conducting high-quality work
  • Able to balance multiple tasks, prioritizing effectively to meet deadlines in a fast-paced working environment
  • Interested in the development economics field and/or using research to address policy challenges within YIE's focus areas
  • Fluency or high proficiency in a local language (Hindi, Assamese, Chhattisgarhi, or Nepali) is desirable

This position will be based at one of our country offices (sites include Delhi, Patna, Raipur, Bhopal, and Kathmandu). Some travel throughout the country can be expected, such as for field visits to rural locations. Dates are flexible, with a minimum eight-week commitment; final dates will be determined upon a successful match with a specific project. 

Funding of up to $5,000 is available; students who are able to obtain co-funding will be viewed favorably during the review process. 

Special Eligibility Requirements:

This is only open to Yale undergraduate and master's-level students.

Application Information:

If you are interested in this position, please fill out our Screening Questionnaire. The Screening Questionnaire will ask you to upload a single PDF containing your CV, cover letter, and academic transcripts. Label your file “Last name, First name – YIE Summer Intern”. In order to obtain Yale unofficial transcript, please go to https://yub.yale.edu and print it as a PDF file. 

Yale is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer. Yale values diversity in its faculty, students, and staff and encourages applications from people of diverse backgrounds, particularly women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, persons with disabilities, and others who have been historically underrepresented in the field of economics.

Links to Additional Information:

Read more about YIE here, and our student opportunities here.

Contact Information:

For questions about this application, please contact Lauren Ozdemir at lauren.ozdemir@yale.edu.