Measurement, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL) Intern

Position location

Baltimore, Maryland USA and remote as needed

About International Youth Foundation (IYF)

For more than 25 years and in over 100 countries, the International Youth Foundation (IYF) has focused exclusively on helping young people succeed. A global nonprofit organization, IYF believes that there are three keys to achieving this success: learning skills that will endure, earning a livelihood, and growing as an engaged citizen. IYF supports youth in developing work readiness skills, choosing a career path, and securing employment or deciding to start or grow their own small business or social venture. The resilient spirit of these young women and men inspires us and gives us purpose. IYF initiatives have benefitted more than 7.4 million young people directly, and over 12 million additional people have benefitted indirectly. In cities and towns across the United States and around the world, IYF empowers young people to lead productive, fulfilling lives. We forge partnerships to deepen investment and impact in youth employment and engagement, working with businesses, governments, and civil-society organizations.

Position Title

Measurement, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL) Intern


Manager, Measurement, Evaluation, Research

Purpose of the internship:

Under the supervision of the Manager, Measurement, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL Manager), the intern will support the strengthening of the IYF MERL toolkit and assist with a research study on the relationship between life skills and labor market outcomes for youth in Chicago and DC.

The intern will assist the MERL manager in logistics for preparing a research study involving youth, support institutional efforts to systematize MERL tools and practices through a MERL toolkit, and assist with other tasks to strengthen MERL practice at IYF as assigned. The intern will learn to apply research, learn about the design of program evaluations, and develop skills for critically analyzing measurement issues in the social sciences.

Expected Tasks include:

  • Supporting logistics for preparing a research study on the relationship between life skills and labor market outcomes for youth in Chicago and DC by:
    • Facilitating communication with partner organizations
    • Ensuring required permissions and documentation are established
    • Supporting the development of new measurement tools or strengthening existing tools
    • Supporting the development of a plan for analysis
    • Conduct other tasks, as needed
  • Contribute to other broader MERL Team objectives, such as the strengthening of the IYF MERL toolkit, updating and disseminating the institutional Learning Agenda, supporting MERL trainings, or other projects, as needed.

Requested experience and qualifications

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program (Education, Public Policy, Statistics, International Relations, or related field preferred)
  • Fluency in English required
  • Strong research skills
  • Knowledge of literature in life skills and/or general research methodology a plus
  • Knowledge of skills and/ or competency assessments a plus
  • Commitment to youth development
  • Ability to work in a diverse, multi-cultural, collaborative environment
  • Have excellent academic performance as demonstrated by recent transcripts

Duration and hours

Start date: June 2021

Duration: 20 weeks

Hours: 10 hours/week

(Note: Hours are negotiable and an option to telecommute may be available)

Pay: $16/hour

How to Apply:

Interested students should submit cover letter that indicates how this internship meets their learning objectives, a copy of their transcript, and resume to Liz Kim at

IYF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues, and we welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences