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Research Assistant Intern

The Caravan Studios Internship Program offers students a combination of practical real world experience, formal and informal mentoring activities, and opportunities to develop networking and community-building skills. This is an unpaid internship, however we offer a unique and well-rounded internship experience that provides excellent hands-on experience in a supportive and dynamic nonprofit environment.

For this internship, the research assistant will contribute to our Worker Connect Project. Worker Connect is a mechanism for migrant construction workers to learn about their rights, share information about their experiences, and provide anonymous feedback to worker welfare supervisors

About Caravan Studios

Caravan Studios is a division of TechSoup, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in San Francisco, CA. We build apps that help communities organize, access, and apply local resources to their most pressing problems. Our design thinking methodology includes community input throughout, ensuring that the developed applications meet the needs of the community.

Internship Responsibilities

  • Conduct research and analysis as part of a project team rolling out tools in the Middle East to promote worker welfare in the construction industry. Responsibilities include:
  • Collect and analyze information relevant to local and regional context of migrant labor within the GCC
  • Research current standards and developments related to worker welfare in the construction industry
  • Help to identify, review, and organize relevant worker-facing content to be disseminated through the tool.


  • Strong interest or curiosity in subject matter
  • A love of learning and desire to work in a fast-paced, community-driven environment
  • A Master's degree or equivalent, in international relations, migration studies, or similar field
  • Bachelor's degree plus professional / relevant research experience will be considered

Other Desired Qualifications

  • Familiarity with the South Asia/Gulf migration corridor
  • Native language skills in Hindu, Nepali, Bengali, Urdu or Arabic 


  • Ability to conduct independent desk research and help coordinate field research 
  • Ability to clearly organize and synthesize research results
  • Excellent writing, presentation and analytical skills
  • Ability to think strategically about situations and apply learnings to create solutions.


  • 20 – 40 hours per week; exact weekly schedule to be defined
  • In the Caravan Studios office (San Francisco) at least 1-2 days per week. Depending on the intern, some of this work can be accomplished remotely
  • Minimum 3 month commitment
  • Start date ASAP


  • Gain hands-on experience in program development and implementation at a small innovative nonprofit organization
  • Develop portfolio examples to share with future employers
  • Access to extensive national nonprofit and technologist network
  • Develop community engagement skills
  • Access to innovative ideas/products 
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