HHI Internship Program

HHI Internship Program

The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative is currently seeking student interns. Details can be found below.


Humanitarian Research Internship (two positions)

The Advanced Training Program on Humanitarian Action (ATHA) at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiativeis seeking two interns. The interns will support ATHA’s research and policy engagement on local perceptions of humanitarian action in frontline conflict contexts. 

The interns will report to ATHA’s Research and Evaluation Manager, and will provide support for a study on investigative processes related to sexual exploitation and abuse in humanitarian response settings. The intern will contribute to the research through:

  • Transcribing interviews and conducting analysis of qualitative interview data;
  • Depending on the intern's qualifications, potentially conducting remote interviews;
  • Conducting literature reviews and background research for upcoming studies and research proposals; and
  • Providing support for research dissemination activities, such as by helping to organize a roundtable event and webinars, and helping to maintain the contact list of policy actors who may be interested in the research.

The interns will receive training on qualitative data analysis, so no prior experience with qualitative research is required. Interns will be expected to transcribe and code 3-5 interviews per week, depending on the intern's weekly availability and any practicum requirements that apply.

This position is paid, or unpaid if student is receiving course credit.

PLEASE NOTE: Until our return to campus, which is still to-be-determined, this interview process and position will take place virtually – including virtual interviews, remote onboarding, and remote work.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience conducting background and literature reviews
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Familiarity with or interest in humanitarian and human rights issues
  • Experience using Zoom, shared drives, Microsoft Office
  • Experience using Nvivo or Dedoose for qualitative research is preferred

Time Frame: Summer, Fall 2020 (possibility of extension through Spring 2021)

Hours per week: 10 - 20

Hourly Rate: $14.50 (undergrad), $16.50 (grad student) - preference for Federal Work Study-eligible candidates

Job Period: July 2020 - May 2021

To apply, please email resume and cover letter to ngibbons@hsph.harvard.edu

About the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative: 

The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) is an interfaculty initiative with the mission to advance the science and practice of humanitarian response worldwide through research and education. Founded in 2005 and based in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, HHI serves as the humanitarian arm of Harvard University and brings an interdisciplinary approach to building the evidence base of humanitarian studies and professionalizing the field of humanitarian aid.

The Advanced Training Program on Humanitarian Action (ATHA) at HHI seeks to strengthen local voices in the humanitarian sector, by providing independent, locally-responsive research, and accessible, policy-oriented briefings. We also provide opportunities for local researchers and contribute to professional development throughout the humanitarian sector.

To apply, please email resume, cover letter, and unedited writing sample to Niamh Gibbons at ngibbons@hsph.harvard.edu