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Behavioral Insights Intern


A little bit about us

The Decision Lab is a socially conscious applied research firm. We provide consulting services to some of the largest organizations in the world, carry out research in priority areas, and run one of the largest publications in applied behavioral science. In the past, we have helped organizations such as the Gates Foundation, Capital One, and the World Bank solve some of their thorniest problems using scientific thinking.


Why this role is important for TDL

We started The Decision Lab because we saw a fundamental gap between behavioral science theory and application. Our online platform garners more than 1.5 million reads per year; our podcast features guests such as Cass Sunstein, Olivier Sibony and Antonio Damasio; our followership includes practitioners at top firms such as McKinsey, Harvard and Google; and our work is regularly featured in outlets such as Forbes, Vox, The Huffington Post and Bloomberg.

Our editorial staff is at the front line of evangelizing the use of behavioral insights in world-leading organizations. At present, we are seeking to complement our existing roster of educational resources with new forms of content focused more on supporting readers in implementing changes they want to make (especially in their professional lives).

We are looking for bright, capable, and curious candidates with a good grasp of behavioral science (from points of view that may include behavioral economics, psychology, neuroscience, sociology, ethnography, etc.) who are eager to communicate scientific evidence as practical, actionable, and digestible content. An ideal candidate is an excellent writer and editor, who has experience working or volunteering in one of the following areas:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Financial services
  • Education
  • Consumer & community insights
  • Digital design

Other topic areas of secondary interest include: climate & energy, AI, development & social protection, insurance.

What you will work on

This internship is an opportunity to get hands-on experience working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. As an intern, you will not be taking coffee orders or making photocopies. Rather, you will be an essential part of our content team, reporting directly to the senior editor.

Your tasks will include:

  • Generating and refining content topic ideas, in collaboration with our Consulting team as well as the TDL Advisors
  • Structuring inputs gathered into content outlines
  • Collaborating with the editorial team to refine approaches to covering various topics
  • Drafting content for TDL’s online platform
  • Adhering to TDL’s style guides, brand tone, and structural templates
  • Promoting scientific accuracy by verifying facts, dates, and statistics, using standard reference sources
  • Ensuring all content aligns with ethical codes of practice and legal guidelines (leveraging Copyscape or other such tools)
  • Editing the work of your peers
  • Revising your content based on feedback received

Baseline qualifications include:

  • Native-level fluency in English
  • Exceptional copywriting, editorial, and communication skills
  • Familiarity with behavioral economics concepts (biases, heuristics, frameworks) 
  • Academic and/or work experience within the domain of behavioral science, economics, psychology, philosophy, or other related fields

About the role

  • Can be fully remote
  • From any time zone—though there will be one weekly meeting and one additional monthly meeting that will be held in the Eastern Time Zone (GMT-5)
  • For candidates located in Montreal, it may be possible to offer one day / week of work from our office in St Henri
  • Anticipated workload is approximately 10 hours per week
  • The pay rate is $800 / month, for 4 months
  • After the 4-month internship, selected candidates can be rolled up into the Behavioral Insights Fellowship program (which is an indefinite position, and offers additional skills development opportunities)

Application Instructions

Do you feel like this role is right for you? If so, please fill out our application form.


More About The Decision Lab


The Decision Lab is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable law.


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We believe that a good approach to creating social impact is SPICE: Socially conscious, Pragmatic, Inventive, Catalytic and Evidence-based. We use these criteria to evaluate ourselves, our work, the clients we choose to take on and the people we make part of our team. Read more about SPICE below:

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The outcomes that societies want to achieve are constantly being discussed and revised, always a work in progress. They are not defined from the outset or from the outside. For these outcomes to be sustainable, they must integrate societal, environmental and economic dimensions.


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We develop solutions that are not constrained by the current reality.

When no existing solution is adequate to the problem at hand, we must move from curation to creation. Success in these contexts requires a commitment to exploration and an openness to inspiration.


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We develop solutions that use evidence as a compass.

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