Global Strategy Research Intern

Hiring Organization: 
EMpower - The Emerging Markets Foundation
City and State: 
New York, NY

Global Strategy Research Intern

EMpower - The Emerging Markets Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that ties the resources of Emerging Markets (EM) professionals worldwide with the vitality of community-based social sector initiatives in 15 emerging market countries spanning Latin America, East/South East Asia, India, Africa, Russia and Turkey.  EMpower makes grants to local organizations working to improve the lives of at-risk youth in EM countries and fosters learning opportunities in key areas of relevance to grantee partners. We support programs in three fundamental areas: Livelihoods, Health & Well-Being and Education. To learn more, visit our website at:

The position:

EMpower is looking for a motivated self starter with experience and interest in international development, as well as proven research skills to lead a research project to collect and examine key youth indicators within the 15 countries in which we work to inform our grantmaking strategies and highlight each country’s specific needs. This project is great for someone looking to deepen his or her knowledge of global youth development indicators and contribute to EMpower’s philanthropic grantmaking strategies at the country level.  

The Global Strategy Research Internship would be for approximately 2 months (starting October 2019 through December 2019) for 10-12 hours/week, this is negotiable. The position will be based in our New York City office (Financial District) or remotely and the intern will report to the Global Programs Associate. A stipend of $500 will be provided to cover transportation and lunch over this period.  

Potential topics to be explored (to be further refined upon starting):

  1. Key Youth Indicators within our countries of Investment
    • Coordinate with our Global Program Officers to identify what are the most pressing issues facing at-risk youth within each of our countries of investment.
    • Identify and Collect Data on top-level country statistics and key youth indicators that justify our investments under our three funding pillars (Livelihoods, Health & Well-being and Education).
    • Based on the Data collected draft Overview sections for each pillar of funding highlighting the main facts and statistics to help justify EMpower’s investment.
    • Make recommendations based on research on where could EMpower funding brings most value-what areas are least funded/most primed to make a difference.

Skills Required:   

  • Graduate student in a field related to international development, policy, youth development, or similar
  • Strong research (e.g.-world bank/ DHS/ UN data), synthesis and writing skills
  • Quantitative and qualitative research analysis experience
  • Organized; attention to detail and follow-through
  • Proficiency in PowerPoint formatting and graphic design a bonus / plus!
  • Good interpersonal skills; interest and ability to function in a small team
  • Flexibility, sense of humor
  • Interest in philanthropy focused on international development

Please send your resume and a cover letter outlining relevance of your background and your reason for interest, by October 16th to     ­­

EMpower is a public foundation that makes grants globally to benefit at-risk youth, including adolescent girls. We are committed to attracting, developing, motivating and retaining exceptional talent and to a work environment that recognizes contribution, fosters respect and teamwork, and facilitates strong performance. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, recognizing that diversity enriches all staff and our work globally. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or faith, or physical ability.

How to Apply: 
Please send your resume and a cover letter outlining relevance of your background and your reason for interest, by October 16th to
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