Thursday, March 28, 2013

Trade and Public Health Internship

Emily Bleimund, Senior Policy Advisor at the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Global Affairs (300 C Street, SW), is seeking a summer intern to assist with projects relating to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Agreement (TTIP), Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), and various other issues involving the intersection of public health and international trade. A strong interest, and preferably some background, in public health issues is preferred, as well as background education in international trade law and policy. Many of the projects deal with highly sensitive confidential information, for which a security clearance is needed, therefore the intern will not have access to all materials, but will be critical in providing necessary background research and other preparation for meetings and negotiations on these issues. The position is unpaid and does not require U.S. citizenship. Please forward a cover letter and resume to Emily at Consideration of applications will begin immediately.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

IDB Fellowships

The Research Department (RES) of the Inter-American Development Bank seeks applications from recent university graduates for its highly selective Research Fellowship Program at IDB Headquarters in Washington, DC.

Research Assistants (RAs) work side by side with RES economists on their research, providing valuable support while gaining incomparable experience. Individuals chosen for the program should be well qualified to perform a wide range of research activities for RES staff including preparation of papers, reports and presentations, compilation and use of databases and performance of econometric and statistical analyses.

RAs at RES typically have prospects of engaging in doctoral-level studies. In the recent past, former RAs have continued their studies in the economics departments of top universities including, among others, MIT, University of Chicago, UC-Berkeley, University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin, University of Maryland, UCLA, Penn State University, Boston University and Duke University.

Those interested in the Research Fellowship Program should apply by April 12, 2013. Candidates must be available to start work between June 1, 2013 and September 1, 2013. A complete job description and detailed application procedures are available here.

Education: Undergraduate degree in Economics. Master's degree in Economics preferred.

Experience: Experience in applied research at a recognized university or research center. Strong background in econometrics, mathematics, and statistics. Experience with econometric packages such as Stata, Matlab, or R. Advanced programming level preferred. Demonstrated experience in at least one of the following areas: microeconomic and/or macroeconomic topics.

Languages: Fluency required in at least two of the Bank's official languages: English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese
Apply online

Closing date: April 12, 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013

Geoscience Workforce Program Internship Opportunity

The AGI Workforce Program tracks the supply and demand of geoscientists by collecting original data and analyzing existing data from Federal and industry sources, in order to inform the geoscience community of workforce trends and issues through regular reports.  The Workforce Program also engages the next generation of geoscientists by supporting student recruitment at the college level and by communicating with students, faculty, and non-academic professionals about making the transition into the geoscience workforce after graduation.

AGI’s Workforce Program is seeking an intern to work with the Workforce Staff this summer.  Tasks include data entry, database management, querying using SQL, communication with geoscientific societies and university departments, and generally supporting the activities of the Workforce Program this summer.

This internship is intended for students (either pursuing an undergraduate or Master’s degree) with experience with data collection, data entry and database management. Strong communication and teamwork skills are required.

The internship is 12 weeks long and includes a $5,000 stipend.  The starting date is flexible. 

The internship will be held in the offices for the American Geosciences Institute in Alexandria, VA.  Intern will be responsible for finding a housing arrangement if needed.

To apply for this position, please send a resume with a cover letter describing how your experience will help you in this position. Please also include names and contact information for two references via email

All applications must be received by April 15, 2013. All applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

AGI is an equal opportunity employer

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Consumer Science Staff Fellow position

The Consumer Studies Team (CST), Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is seeking applications to fill Consumer Science Staff Fellow position(s). One or more selections may be made. The salary will be generally equivalent to the Federal General Schedule GS-12 (annual salary: $74,872-$97,333) or GS-13 level (annual salary: $89,033-$115,742), commensurate with degree and experience. FDA is an equal opportunity employer and offers a smoke-free environment. Staff Fellows in FDA are on a special term limited appointment and renewal of appointments are made on an annual basis, subject to availability of funds.

The CFSAN formulates national regulatory policy on the safety and labeling of food and cosmetic products. The CST applies social science knowledge and techniques to plan, implement, analyze, and evaluate policy-oriented consumer research for the Center and provides expert social science advice to CFSAN and other FDA units. This research focuses on, but is not limited to, consumer and industry response to nutrition and food safety issues, including nutrition labeling, warning labels, risk communication, and consumer education. The research is critical for Center decision-making and can have important and long-term implications on the health and welfare of U.S. consumers.

  1. Conduct and/or participate in planning, conceptualizing, designing data collection (e.g., focus groups, surveys, and experimental studies) and analysis of primary and/or secondary data;
  2. Advise Center management on consumer research issues as they relate to Center policies and serve as technical advisor to various committees and task groups within and outside the Center that deal with matters affecting consumers and industry;
  3. Disseminate and/or participate in disseminating research findings in peer-reviewed journal articles, in presentations at professional society meetings and conferences, and to CFSAN and other FDA units; and
  4. Maintain contacts with professional peers within and outside of the FDA and maintain a current working knowledge of consumer research literature.
  1. A Master’s or Doctoral degree in a behavioral or social science discipline including, but not limited to, communications, consumer science, economics, evaluation, marketing, psychology, public health, public policy, survey methodology, and sociology;
  2. Evidence of training and experience in applied quantitative and/or qualitative research in a social science discipline;
  3. Strong written and oral communication skills; and
  4. Proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent residency.
Interest and experience in applying social science techniques to consumer research related to food safety and nutrition issues is preferred. Inquiries are encouraged.

Applicants should send a resume and two research writing samples by April 30, 2013 to Ms. Amy Lando at

Millennium Challenge Corporation Positions

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is a U.S. Government corporation whose mission is to provide assistance that will support economic growth and poverty reduction in developing countries that demonstrate a commitment to just and democratic governance, economic freedom, and investments in their citizenry.  They are currently recruiting for two positions:

1.  The Economic Analysis Division of the MCC’s Department of Policy & Evaluation is now accepting applications for summer internships.  See for more information. 

2.  Economics Data Analyst - Intermittent, Personal Services Contractor (PSC).  This position is located in the Economic Analysis (EA) Division of the MCC’s Department of Policy & Evaluation (DPE). The PSC will serve as an analyst and program support specialist. Possessing a solid background in economics and quantitative analysis with experience in desktop publishing or web content management, the PSC will work in collaboration with MCC economists and technical
specialists under the direction of MCC's Managing Director for Economic Analysis.

Duties will include:
  • Prepare economic analysis content to be ready for online access, including economic rate of return (ERR) analysis, beneficiary analysis (BA), constraints analysis (CA) and other analytical documents produced by MCC.
  • Reviewing/editing spreadsheets, converting to standardized format, and conducting sensitivity analysis as needed.
  • Managing quarterly plan for publishing of ERRs, BAs, CAs and other files online, and tracking the status of all products
If this sounds like the ideal position for you, please view our full vacancy announcement

Monday, March 18, 2013

World Bank RA Position

The Global Macroeconomics Team in the Development Economics Prospects Group is responsible for monitoring and analyzing the global economy and advises senior management on the implications of global economic events for developing countries. As part of this overall work program, the team produces a twice-yearly forecast of the global economy – in addition to a wide variety of regular and ad hoc reports.

In support of this work program, the team maintains a large-scale international high-frequency data system using an SQL back-end, Eviews as mid-ware and Excel among other programs as a front end.  It also operates and actively develops an annual forecasting model covering the national income accounts (GDP) and balance of payments (BOP) data for more than 150 countries.

Duties and Accountabilities
The Team is looking for a high-energy detail-oriented short-term consultant to assist in undertaking analytical work related commodity pass-through as well as on Sub-Saharan African economies.

The successful candidate will be expected to become familiar with the operations of the automated data system that feeds into the high-frequency database and updates the macroeconometric database, so as to assist colleagues in their maintenance.

S/He will also be expected to use the databases to undertake analyses under the supervision of a senior economist. A solid background in economics, including the manipulation of large data sets and basic quantitative methods would be essential for these ad hoc assignments.

A solid understanding of excel, and one or more econometric packages such as Eviews STATA, Troll, FAME, or AREMOS is essential. 

The time frame for the appointment as an STC would be starting immediately and through the end of the fiscal year (June 30), with some possibility for extension.

Selection Criteria
The ideal candidate will typically have:

·    Master’s degree in Economics with experience working with large time-series databases.
·    Experience programming, either with an  economic time-series in a macro econometric modeling language such as Eviews, Stata, Troll, FAME or AREMOS or with a more traditional programming language (C, Pascal, Fortran),  would be a great asset.
·    Demonstrated working knowledge of software products and problem solving/troubleshooting skills.
·    Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and to build effective working relationships with clients and colleagues.
Contact Prof. Reynolds for information on how to apply.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Institute for International Finance Internship

Global Macroeconomic Analysis

Internship Description:
The IIF is seeking a highly motivated graduate student to support its global macroeconomic research. This unpaid internship offers an excellent opportunity to develop applied research skills in international economics and finance. Working hours and start date are flexible. Responsibilities include conducting applied economic research on current macroeconomic and financial developments in advanced and emerging economies; helping to prepare reports, charts and tables; and contributing to the production of the IIF’s economic forecasts. To apply please send cover letter and resume to

Successful candidates will be enrolled in a Master’s program in Economics, Finance, Statistics or a related field. Must be fluent in English. Strong computer and quantitative skills, especially in Excel, are absolutely essential. Experience with data providers such as Bloomberg or Datastream would be an advantage.  The approximate internship period is from late May to late August.  During this period, the successful candidate will be available for four days or more per week.

Company Description:
The Institute of International Finance is the only global association of the world's largest financial institutions. Our members rely on the Institute to support their risk management, asset allocation and business development in emerging and mature markets. To this end, we provide members with reliable and objective analysis of economic and financial developments and prospects in the global economy. The Institute has established a worldwide reputation for the quality of its economic analysis. In addition, the Institute undertakes policy and advocacy activities on behalf of its members in the international financial arena.