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IIP-Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab
Bhubaneswar, India (Outgoing Program)
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|Restrictions:||Princeton applicants only|
|Dept Offering Program:||IIP, International Internship Program (IIP)||Program Type:||Internship|
|Language Prerequisite:||No||Program Features:||Community Service, Field Work|
|Degree Level:||2 First year Ugrad, 3 Sophomore, 4 Junior||Time Away:||Summer|
|Housing options:||Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization||Program Group:||International Internship Program|
About: The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) was established in 2003 as a research center at the Economics Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 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. J-PAL’s mission is to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. JPAL-SA conducts Randomized-control Trials to assess the impact of pro-poor policy. The interventions and projects have been designed by professors and researchers from different expertise and well-known and established universities world-wide. The research staff at JPAL-SA, as well as providing inputs in to the research design and at times in the implementation, conducts evaluations of such projects. J-PAL works in many different areas such as: early childhood, urban and rural sanitation, micro-finance, energy renovation, health, etc.
Project tasks will be assigned based on the technical and language skills of the intern and his or her prior experiences. Here is one possible project, it is called: "BUS" and is on urban sanitation. The objective of the project is to understand efficient and sustainable ways to decrease open defecation (OP) in urban communities of Orissa. J-Pal intends to do this by testing the services toilet infrastructure should provide (supply based), and the household and slum level interventions that could affect sanitation behavior of community residents (demand based). At the end of the project, a total of 58 community toilets would have been built across the urban slums of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. The IIP intern may be involved in different activities such as: data analysis, improving data collection protocol, combining information from different sources and documents to create documents that can sum-up the work the research team has done so far in each different component of the project.
Qualifications: IIP Candidates interested in development economics, global/public health, econometrics / statistics / mathematical modeling are encouraged to apply. Experience and/or skills in STATA or another statistical package preferred but not required. Experience living in, working in, or visiting a developing country in areas outside major cities is an asset.
Previous work experiences (in the words of a past intern): Intern #1: I worked on an project based in Bhubaneshwar and Cuttack, two cities in Orissa province in India. The project was both a development project and a research project. We' built toilets in over 100 locations in slums, and then ran randomized controlled trial (RCTs) experiments on different facility management models & pricing among other things. The project required coordination between several different partners, so the toilets were constructed later in the year. Working from Delhi, I was doing lots of background work on the project; I helped create a presentation to the local government on different facility management models, wrote a document that has outlined the decisions taken in the project so far, and started documenting work for the process evaluation. Intern #2: I working on the Bhubaneswar Urban Sanitation project which is working on implementing different interventions (policy experiments) surrounding public toilets in the area. They are partnered with the local municipal corporations to build new public toilet facilities and stage these interventions. My main internship responsibility was to update the model with new data and code a pricing model for the toilets into STATA. In addition, I went to the field and seen the project collect survey data from the facilities. I was also assisting with project documentation...This model will help them accurately estimate the profit-maximizing price for each of the facilities they build, as well as look into the possibility of peak-load pricing for high demand facilities. This is important for the financial sustainability of the facilities...I didn't have any previous experience with STATA, so learning the language for this internship was very rewarding. Also, many of the other employees in the office have been great resources and support!
View a PowerPoint presentation by a past intern: Rai,Pujan, Abdul Latif (J-PAL),India.pptx
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