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Graduate Student Summer Intern, CUBIC (Part time/Full time, Home based)- Unpaid

The Opportunity

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organization for children, working in 117 countries with more than 25,000 staff. In April 2020, Save the Children launched the Center for Utilizing Behavioral Insights for Children (CUBIC) in Asia. CUBIC is the first “nudge unit” in the world to focus specifically on the most marginalized children’s rights and welfare. Our goal is to apply behavioral science in order to reach more children and have an even greater impact on their lives.


CUBIC is currently seeking a Master’s (or Ph. D.) level intern(s) to support its projects during the summer of 2024, including, but not restricted to:

  1. Reducing children’s engagement in hazardous work in Cote d’Ivoire. 
  2. Increasing childhood and pregnant women vaccination in the Philippines. 
  3. Enhancing code of ethics actions in the United States.
  4. Increasing student retention in El Salvador.
  5. Improving humanitarian targeting in Sri Lanka.
  6. Reducing child marriage and teenage pregnancy in Zambia and in the Philippines.
  7. Increasing safeguarding reporting in Ukraine.
  8. Ensuring girls attendprimary education in Afghanistan.
  9. Supporting activism among girls in China, Indonesia, Mexico and Vietnam.
  10. Increasing reporting of children’s sexual abuse in Spain.
  11. Various capacity-building  initiatives. 
  12. Improving time management skills and prioritization of tasks among SCI's leadership.

Internship Objectives

The intern will be integrated into the 12-person CUBIC team and will have the opportunity to get involved in multiple projects – the expectation for the intern is that s/he would primarily contribute to:

  • Desk Review
  1. Conducting desk research that includes literature reviews, data availability, and project documentation on behavioral issues/previous evidence on specific topics etc.
  2. Conducting stakeholder/policy mapping.
  3. Providing help with Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Ethical Committee (EC) submissions.
  • Data analysis
  1. Conducting statistical analysis of existing surveys, census, other available datasets and impact evaluations (experience with STATA highly preferred; experience with SPSS and R programming is a plus).
  2. Coding and analyzing qualitative data.
  3. Presentation of data in compelling and comprehensible ways.
  • Analytical work
  1. Supporting the preparation of presentations at every stage of the project.
  2. Supporting the design of experiments (DOE).
  3. Drafting and/or editing project briefs, reports, and case studies.
  4. Drafting academic papers for journal submission, where results are suitable for publication.
  5. Assisting with behavioral design training sessions and capacity building initiatives.
  6. Other tasks as per the intern’s time and interest and needs of CUBIC.

Skills Required 

  • Must be enrolled in/or a recent graduate of a Master’s program in Social Psychology, Sociology, Economics, Behavioral Economics, Behavioral Science, Public Policy, Anthropology or a related field.
  • Candidates fluent in Spanish and/or French, in addition to English are encouraged to apply.
  • Strong qualitative or mixed methods skills for social research (experience working with data analysis software such as NVivo, ATLAS.ti or similar).
  • Strong quantitative, research, and data analytic skills (experience working with data analysis software such as STATA, R or Python).
  • Strong understanding of Behavioral Science concepts and methodologies.
  • Basic understanding of Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs).
  • Strong management, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent English communication and writing skills, and ability to present data and analysis in compelling and understandable formats.

Time Requirements

Full time internship – graduate students between their first and second year at university who would be able to dedicate 35 hours a week to the team for a minimum of 10-12 weeks between May and September 2024. 

Part time internship – we also encourage candidates to apply on a part-time basis to dedicate 10-12h a week for 9 consecutive months. 

There is a strong possibility of extending the internship if both sides agree for a period of 9 months on a part-time basis.


CUBIC’s Head of Behavioral Science Research and other team members.


The Intern would be engaged on a voluntary basis and would sign a volunteer contract with Save the Children.  The working schedule would be determined by the intern; however, attendance during regular calls with our country partner teams would be important.


Remote – Our preference is for the intern to be based in Asia, Africa, the Middle East or Eastern Europe, between UTC and UTC + 8 time zones, due to meeting scheduling requirements. However, all locations will be considered.

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday 
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued. 

Application Information

To apply to this opportunity, please click on the below link to complete a short survey by Sunday, March 17th (Please note that you will be asked at the end of the survey to submit your CV in pdf format). 

CUBIC 2024 Internship Application

Please contact Indrajeet Ghatge ( if you are not able to access the survey link.

A copy of the full role profile can be found at

Closing Date for Application: 17 March 2024

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.


All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

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23 Feb 2024

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