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15 June 2017
Paid Research Assistant Internship
New York // Part Time // Research
The Jain Family Institute is seeking an intern, in college or early graduate school,
to assist with the sourcing and research of new projects. The ideal candidate has
a wide-ranging interest in all forms of intellectual activity and a passion for
interdisciplinary engagement. You will be joining a small team of generalistpractitioners with backgrounds in philosophy, physics, engineering, economics,
The internship carries a stipend of $6,000 for approximately 30 hours per week
over an initial engagement of six months. Those interested should send a CV or
résumé with contact information, a letter of interest, and two writing samples of
10–15 pages and 1-2 pages demonstrating an ability to clearly synthesize, analyze,
and communicate information from a variety of sources, to
Selected candidates will be invited to an in-person interview in our Manhattan
office throughout the summer.
We are accepting applications on a rolling basis to fill the position
Required Skills and Qualifications
Most important: curiosity and its corollary, an ability to learn a wide
variety of areas quickly; alongside a passion for going beyond your area
Excellent analytic or quantitative skills; strong communication; a love of
rigorous research and reasoned debate
Familiarity with PowerPoint
Familiarity with Excel.
6 months cumulative, institutional experience (i.e. NGO, policy institute),
financial services experience (i.e. investment banking) or consulting
For applicants with very strong technical backgrounds, a briefer writing sample or presentation
may be submitted in lieu of the longer one.
15 June 2017
Helpful Skills and Qualifications
Experience as research assistant or comparable
Some experience in non-academic writing (journalism, corporate or
financial research reports, etc.)
Intermediate second (or third) language skills
A stipend of $6,000, paid in monthly installments of $1,000
The possibility of publishing new research under the auspices of Jain
Opportunities to meet with scholars, policy experts, and leaders in
finance, business, education, and the arts
Time commitment: approximately 30 hours a week
Attendance: three times weekly, at research meetings and presentations
at our Upper East Side office
o writing and editing memos, presentations, and reports for both
internal and external audiences
o compiling annotated bibliographies of literature related to
o conducting surveys of, and summarizing, existing projects;
o analyzing and interpreting data
o coordinating expert research on fields including economics,
political science, information science, and philosophy
The Jain Family Institute is a research incubator that builds promising ideas into
real-world pilots. Our work investigates and influences the structural forces that
affect the way people live, work, and learn. Our team collaborates with industry,
government, and academia to pilot scalable, high-impact interventions.
For details about our staff and current projects,
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