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Summer Research Analyst

We are no longer actively seeking applicants for this position.

This position is intended for applicants interested in a 2019 summer job who are completing their degrees in 2020 and are open to the possibility of full-time employment in the summer/fall of 2020 (i.e. juniors in college or anyone with a year remaining in graduate school). Applicants interested in more immediate employment should see other positions on our jobs page.

Position: Summer Research Analyst

Dates of employment: Summer 2019. We prefer individuals who can work with us for 12 weeks, though we are open to periods as short as 8 weeks. The exact dates are flexible.

Compensation: Summer Research Analysts are paid at a rate of $65,000 annually, prorated to the length of their internship.

Location: San Francisco, CA

Timeline: There is no firm deadline for applying.

Job description

A Summer Research Analyst's duties would mostly consist of:

  • Researching charitable interventions, including analyzing academic research and developing cost-effectiveness estimates
  • Reviewing research produced by other staff members for accuracy and clarity
  • Taking part in discussions of which giving opportunities are most promising and of general GiveWell strategy
  • Miscellaneous duties depending on individual preferences, including operations, outreach, and writing


There are no required qualifications for candidates, but this role will best fit people who:

  • Are passionate about finding great giving opportunities and making the world a better place
  • Value intense discussion and debate
  • Have strong critical thinking skills, and approach all claims (including their managers') with skepticism
  • Are comfortable with open-ended questions, where no clear precedents or guidelines exist
  • Are open to learning a variety of new skills, from quantitative analysis to public speaking
  • Value the intensity and open-endedness of a small organization over the stability and comfort of a larger corporation

To apply

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We will consider sponsoring applications for work authorization for exceptional candidates.

We plan to respond to all submissions. Please contact with any questions.

Background on GiveWell

GiveWell started as a group of finance professionals trying to do as much good as possible with their personal donations. Since 2007, it has been a full-time independent research group. We publish our charity recommendations, research, and the full details of our analysis publicly at

In 2018, GiveWell tracked $140 million in donations to our recommended charities as a direct result of our research. Our research has received accolades from Peter Singer (who featured it in his manifesto on giving, The Life You Can Save), Nicholas Kristof (who featured it in Half The Sky), and media including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNN and NPR, and many others .

We have forty-one full- and part-time employees and are located in Oakland.

Confidence can sometimes hold us back from applying for a job. Here’s a secret: there's no such thing as a "perfect" candidate. GiveWell is looking for exceptional people who want to help create a place where everyone can thrive. So however you identify and whatever background you bring with you, please apply if this role would make you excited to wake up everyday.

GiveWell accommodates flexible and remote working. We support and encourage flexible working, including flexible hours, regular work-from-home days, part-time work patterns, and periodic remote-work stints. The majority of our staff, including senior management, work flexibly in one way or another. Our preference is for staff to work from Oakland. As a general rule, requests to work remotely outside the U.S. will be allowed at GiveWell’s sole discretion and generally for locations that are within three hours of the Pacific Standard Timezone. Exceptions to this general rule may be made, but only in exceptional circumstances.

As part of our dedication to the diversity of our staff, GiveWell is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion. People of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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