Development Economics Research Communications Intern (Summer 2022)

Job details

  • Start date: June 2, 2022
  • End date: August 19, 2022
  • Expected weekly hours: Full-time (part-time positions negotiable)
  • Pay rate: $14.30
  • Apply: Job ID 28346 on the Student Employment Office website

This internship will allow a candidate with a strong background in economics as well as research, writing, and communications skills the opportunity to write content about current research in development economics. The successful candidate may also contribute to other communications efforts by gathering and synthesizing information to be used in articles directed toward the public (via profiles, op-eds and blogs), academic audiences (research summaries), and policymakers (policy briefs). Interns will build skills in writing, editing, and conducting interviews. They will author original articles. The goal is to convey research insights for policy to improve lives in developing countries.

This position will also support a wide range of communications activities related to economics and policy research, including website building, event planning, researching contacts, and working in multimedia platforms. This is a dynamic research portfolio which allows for creativity and growth, and tasks may change as the agenda develops.

We invite 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. Yale is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its faculty, students, and staff.


  • Conduct desk research to gather and summarize data and other background information relevant to economics writing
  • Conduct interviews to use in researcher profiles and research summaries
  • Identify, document, review, and summarize relevant research and news articles
  • Source images, draft, and edit website text, and build webpages
  • Organize and store all background research in readily searchable and citable format
  • Support article proofing and grammar edits of text, as requested
  • Assist in building an audience on social media
  • Assist in building a database of contacts
  • Other tasks as needed


  • Significant coursework in economics
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Background in public policy and/or journalism is desired
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multitask effectively
  • Website and design skills are desired

How to Apply

To apply, search for Job ID 28346 on the Student Employment Office website. When given the option to upload your materials, please include one single PDF that includes the following:

  • Your CV
  • A Statement of interest
  • Your academic transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
  • A short nonacademic writing sample

About the organization

Yale University’s Economic Growth Center and the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies work together to use economic frameworks and analytical tools to answer pressing policy questions and spur real-world change. We partner with policymakers to understand challenges to achieving policy objectives, design and test interventions, and share applicable insights from economic theory and empirics to more effectively deliver public services and improve the well-being of vulnerable groups. Current areas of research include gender and economic engagement (labor markets, technology, and financial inclusion); environmental policy, Covid-19 policy, and governance.