Join Our Team: Research & Development Intern


Pencils of Promise is seeking a detail-oriented and self-motivated Research and Development Intern for Summer 2020 – June 1st through August 21st. The intern will support the Learning & Evaluation (L&E) team with research and data management. This is an unpaid internship for school credit only. Please submit your resumé and cover letter in PDF format.


  • Intern Program Project:
    • Develop and present an organizational Procurement Policy by the end of the internship 
      • The policy will be built on research already done on the topic as well as existing formal and informal procurement policies within the organization
      • Background: A procurement policy provides clear guidelines for purchasing materials in an organization. It helps to ensure that purchases can be made ethically and efficiently and is, therefore, a key document for the operation of any non-profit. 
  • Work closely with Impact Manager for Research & Development to deliver research on international education topics based on team requests
  • Assist the department with data management using Salesforce and other tools
  • Support the Learning & Evaluation team in other related tasks as needed

  • Learning Opportunities:
    • Ask effective questions — how to translate programmatic and business needs into research that will actually drive decision-making 
    • Clean and manipulate data into useful formats for analysis (and learning more about analysis if desired)
    • Communicate analysis findings in a clear, concise manner tailored to various audiences
    • Manage tasks in a fast-paced, tech-focused environment


  • Undergraduate or graduate student (or recent graduate)
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Effective research experience
  • Experience in Salesforce or other relational databases a plus
  • Knowledge of Spanish a plus
  • Strong communication and consistent adherence deadlines
  • Interest in international development and education 
  • Strong commitment to PoP's mission

About the Office

We are a passionate, driven, and fun group of individuals. We have a unique, energetic office culture that is sometimes casual and light, but, at all times, the PoP team is very much focused and committed to working hard in the name of our cause. You will find nothing besides positive attitudes, determination, and smiles at the PoP office.


  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.
  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.