Intern, Free Bus Travel for Women Project - J-PAL South Asia

Language Requirement 
Length of Commitment 
Less than one year
Start Date 

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) seeks qualified applicants for positions as Interns for a project on women’s and men’s urban transport mobility in Delhi. The positions offer an opportunity to gain first-hand field management experience in an organization undertaking cutting-edge development research. Interns work closely with academic researchers and other field staff to perform a variety tasks to help with the administration of the RCT and the logistics of the project. Perseverance and close attention to detail are key qualities that are imperative when facing dynamic challenges during the course of the project. 

Project Description: 

This research study is about Delhi women’s and men’s urban transport mobility and about women’s safety while traveling using public transport. Women in Delhi generally travel less than men, and sexual harassment of women in public spaces, including on public transit, is considered widespread. The government of Delhi will implement a policy to make bus travel free for women starting late August or early September 2019. This policy is the first of its kind at this scale anywhere in the world and is a part of the Delhi government’s effort to improve safety in public spaces for women. One of the motivations of the current policy is that increasing the number of women who travel by bus will have knock-on effects on safety because women experience “safety in numbers” and often report feeling safer when surrounded by more women. This study aims to measure the impact of the policy on women and men’s mobility, perceived safety of urban travel, and other travel attributes, such as bus crowding. The study also aims to measure how the value of bus travel changes for women. We hope to find out whether making bus travel free will induce more women to travel, and if so, by how much. We also aim to answer what kind of trips will be impacted, and what are the demographic and other characteristics of women who will be induced to travel more. For the study, we will focus on a sample of households in Delhi. There will be an in-person baseline survey, additional follow-up telephone surveys, and observational data collected on buses and at bus stops. The study has an immediate launch date, in mid-August 2019.

Intern – Roles & Responsibilities: 

  • Help coordinate field research activities.
  • Assist the supervision of data collection and data-entry.
  • Assist with data cleaning. 


  • Pursuing a Bachelor’s/Master’s degree in economics or other related social sciences with substantial quantitative work preferred.
  • Familiarity with RCTs.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Fluency in English and Hindi is required.
  • Residency in Delhi is required. 

This position will hire ASAP and we are looking for an initial commitment period of one month for this position. This position may be extended based on the evolution of the project. 

Note on Work Authorizations: Candidates must have work authorization to work in India. This covers citizens of India, Nepal or Bhutan, and an Overseas Citizens of India (OCI). 

How to Apply

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the [Research] job category, then select "[Intern, Free Bus Travel for Women Project - J-PAL South Asia]” and include resume, cover letter, transcripts, and two recommendation letters. Note that applications with incomplete submissions will not be considered.

You are able to submit your application before your references complete their recommendation letters; however, you must include their contact information before submitting your application. Given the volume of applications received, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.