Intern - Does Certification Increase Returns to Human Capital? An audit study in India - J-PAL South Asia

  • India
Start Date (Earliest):
Length of Commitment:
Less than one year

About the Organization:

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) seeks a qualified applicant for the position of intern to lead impact evaluations in India. The position offers an opportunity to gain first-hand field management experience in an organization undertaking cutting-edge development research. 

J-PAL was established in 2003 as a research center at the Economics Department at MIT. Since then, it has grown into a global network of researchers who use randomized evaluations to answer critical policy questions in the fight against poverty. The organization is propelled by teams dedicated to research, policy and training, who analyze and disseminate research results and build partnerships with policymakers to support J-PAL’s mission to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence and that programs proven effective are scaled up. J-PAL South Asia is based at the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) in India.

About the Project:

India has experienced a fourfold increase in tertiary enrollment over two decades, which has coincided with high rates of unemployment for college graduates. In particular, it is difficult for students to convey information about their human capital to employers if they graduate from colleges that are perceived to be of low quality. As a result, standardized exit exams created by private companies have become widespread. Such certification can improve labor market outcomes by allowing potential employees to credibly indicate their level of competence. This project studies the impact of certification on students entering the labor market as well as on employers. It has two components: a) a pilot RCT that studies the impact of student certification on employment outcomes, b) a full-scale audit study RCT that measures the impact of certification on hiring decisions, particularly in relation to gender discrimination.

Roles and Responsibilities:

The intern will work closely with academic researchers, and other project field staff to perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to:

  • Utilizing social media and publicly available information to target respondents from certain companies.  
  • Identifying the correct respondent from companies
  • Conducting surveys with identified respondents.
  • Facilitating survey incentive payments. 
  • Ensuring data quality standards are maintained and data is properly entered and saved in encrypted files.   
  • Assist with the implementation of project activities in accordance with the research design and report to the RA/PI. 
  • Ensuring proper maintenance of JPAL rules and regulations on the project and ensuring smooth implementation of an extremely time bound project schedule.
  • Report to the RA/PI on all of the above mentioned activities.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Education  in Business or related fields. Undergrad in engineering is a plus. 
  • Prior experience with field data collection is desired but not necessary.
  • Excellent management and organizational skills. 
  • Fluency and excellent communication skills in English.
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and a team player.
  • Attention to detail, ability to solve unexpected problems and adaptability to unstructured and changing environments and project demands.

How to Apply

If you are interested in this position, please click on the apply button on the JD here; the first-time users will be asked to sign up and upload your CV, cover letter, and academic transcripts (optional). 

Any queries, please write to [email protected]