The Policy and Communications team of J-PAL Europe is recruiting a Policy and Communications Intern: Apply!

Policy and Communications Intern

The Policy and Communications team of J-PAL Europe is recruiting a Policy and Communications Intern to contribute to its mission of promoting evidence-based policymaking in Europe. This internship is based at our offices at the Paris School of Economics (PSE). This is a full-time, paid internship during the 2023-2024 academic year. Start and end dates are flexible, but we ask for a three-month minimum commitment–with a six month commitment strongly preferred. To undertake the internship, you must be able to obtain an internship agreement (or convention de stage) from your university. Remuneration for this internship is set at 770€ gross per month for a full-time, 35-hour work week. Interns are entitled to two days of leave per month & have all French public holidays off. J-PAL Europe’s host university, the Paris School of Economics, will also reimburse 50% of your Navigo transport card costs and 54% of a Sodexo restaurant card (Ticket Restaurant).

Organization: J-PAL Europe

Location: France

Start Date (Earliest):

 1 February 2024

Internship supervision and training provided:

The Policy and Communications intern will have the opportunity to collaborate with a variety of work streams within the Policy and Communications team–exposing them to the breadth of J-PAL’s policy work in Europe. The Policy and Communications intern will be supervised by the Communications Lead.

By the end of the internship, the intern will have acquired a better understanding of evidence-based policymaking in Europe and the fundamentals of randomised impact evaluations from a policymaker, researcher, and beneficiary perspective. As a core outcome of the internship, the intern will have the opportunity to deepen their communication, project management, and analytical skills. The intern will also have the opportunity to further their professional development and learning through J-PAL’s online education and training resources–including J-PAL’s RCT 101x course and one course from the Data, Economics, and Development Policy (DEDP) MITx Micromasters programme free of charge. 


The Policy and Communications Intern will be an integral member of our Policy and Communications team, dedicated to translating research into action. Responsibilities will include the following:

  • Communications (70%): In collaboration with the Communications Lead, Policy Managers and (Senior) Associates, you will contribute to the activities listed below, as well as others as needs arise.
    • Strategic communications: Working with the Communications Lead to identify strategic priorities for the office’s communications activities. 
    • Communications coordination: Liaising regularly with colleagues at J-PAL Europe to determine their communications needs and priorities. Supporting the Communications Lead in coordinating with J-PAL Global’s Communications team regarding the office’s communications activities and requests. Documenting, tracking and organising J-PAL Europe’s communications activities, and disseminating key results and lessons learned to internal stakeholders. Maintaining an internal, office-wide editorial calendar. 
    • Social media: Drafting social media posts (Twitter and LinkedIn) related to the research and activities of J-PAL affiliates and partners. Assisting J-PAL Europe colleagues with the creation of content to promote/showcase their work. 
    • Press engagement: Working with policy managers and senior policy associates to identify opportunities for engagement with the press. Updating and managing J-PAL Europe’s press contacts and features. 
    • Knowledge management: Regularly organising and updating internal folders and communication channels, as well as information on Salesforce.  
    • Translations: Translating various texts from English to French (and/or other languages as applicable).  
    • Multimedia: Supporting the compilation of and process of cataloguing various multimedia assets (namely photos and videos). 
  • Policy (30%):
    • Understanding the policy landscape: Tracking relevant developments in policy across Europe and helping the team identify opportunities for engagement, communication, and for building new partnerships to generate rigorous evidence on topics of importance to European policymakers.  
    • Policy writing: Helping maintain J-PAL’s evaluation summary database, including fact-checking summaries of existing research. Drafting blog posts and other types of publications highlighting the work of J-PAL affiliates, partners, and staff.  
    • Event support: Contributing to the organisation of policy events in Europe, such as conferences, donor meetings, policy webinars, and/or trainings.
  • Miscellaneous: Other tasks as needed.

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Education: An undergraduate degree in economics, communications, political science, international relations, or in a closely related field. In addition, the candidate is expected to have undertaken some training in empirical research methods, econometrics, and/or statistics. Students who have begun Master’s-level study in one of these fields are preferred. 

Experience and interest: Strong interest in international development or public policy through coursework, study abroad, or previous internship experience. The candidate should have a strong interest in the communications side of policy and research work.  

Communication: Strong writing skills.

Languages: Fluent in spoken and written English, with a minimum of working proficiency in French. Fluency in Turkish, or another major European language would be an asset.

Attitude: You are excited to learn and enthusiastic about taking on a broad range of assignments.

How to Apply

J-PAL Europe is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants from all backgrounds will receive consideration for internship.

Ready to join a team of supportive, engaging, and fun colleagues? Apply today.

To apply, please send an email to [email protected], including the following:

One-page cover letter (in English) addressed to the Communications Lead describing your qualifications for the Policy and Communications Intern position, and confirming your eligibility for an internship agreement (or convention de stage) through a university at which you are enrolled or from which you have recently graduated

  • CV/resume (in English or French)
  • University transcript (can be unofficial). 

The application deadline is January 12th, 23:59 CET.

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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