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.

 

EXAMPLES OF THINGS WE DO

 

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 editorial staff is at the front line of bridging this gap.   Qualified individuals will play a critical role in democratizing behavioral science by producing accessible, engaging, and thought-provoking written work. An ideal candidate is an excellent writer, preferably with some editorial experience. 

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 and digestible content, and to translate behavioral theory into applied interventions that create better outcomes for real people. 

What you will work on

This internship is an opportunity to get hands-on experience working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment, with elements of editorial and consulting work. As an intern, you will not be making photocopies or taking coffee orders (though we do have an epic coffee machine, which can be habit-forming). Rather, you will be an essential part of our team on both sides of the business: content creation and consulting work. The exact balance of these two aspects of your job will depend on your particular skill set and professional goals, as well as on project demands at the time of your employment.

On the content side, you will play a key role in our efforts to communicate cutting-edge behavioral science content to our vast audience through various channels. Your job will consist of working with TDL’s editorial team on a wide array of projects, with the goal of communicating challenging ideas in behavioral science to a wide audience. 

On the consulting side, you will assist senior members of the team in their work with clients across a diverse range of industries, helping organizations to incorporate behavioral insights into their everyday work. You may be tapped to assist with everything from desk research and literature reviews, to original research, to contributing to final deliverables.

Baseline qualifications include:

  • Native-level fluency in English
  • 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
  • Exceptional copywriting, editorial and communication skills

Please note that a number of the intern positions are funded by the Federal Government’s Canada Summer Jobs program, which is subject to certain eligibility criteria. Candidates fitting the following criteria will be eligible for those roles:

  • Between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of employment (tentatively scheduled to start by June 1, 2022);
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or granted refugee protection under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of employment; and
  • Holding a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations

Specific duties may include:

  • Writing & editing website content 
  • Developing & launching new forms of content
  • Assisting with social media & other marketing efforts
  • Copyediting & proofreading internal and client-facing documents
  • Conducting desk research (e.g. literature reviews)
  • Assisting with original research, including data collection and analysis 
  • Supporting product development, testing, and iteration

About the role

  • 40 hrs/week, for 10–12 weeks
  • $15 CAD/hr on a contractual basis

Application Instructions

Do you feel like this role is right for you? If so, please send us your CV, a cover letter and an example of a past project you are proud of. The project should demonstrate your familiarity with behavioral science,  your writing ability, your editorial experience, or your experience contributing to consulting projects. Please send your application directly to careers@thedecisionlab.com.

 

More About The Decision Lab

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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.

OUR VALUES

As a social enterprise, we have a deep-rooted belief that better decisions make a better world. However, improving decisions is a messy and difficult thing. For this reason, we have laid out a clear set of criteria for what constitutes good work. Our approach is inspired by many of the organizations and individuals we use as role models.

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:

Socially conscious

We create positive and fair outcomes for individuals, organizations and societies.

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.

Pragmatic

We develop solutions that are practical, effective and attainable.

We are deeply committed to bringing our ideals to life. To do so, we let the problem be the guide for our attention. We are agnostic regarding approaches and dispassionate in our assessment of candidate solutions. This unwavering focus on the problem allows us to employ the full range of tools at our disposal, deploying the right ones for each context.

Inventive

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.

Catalytic

We develop solutions that spark rapid transition to a new paradigm.

When we reach a tipping point, a small nudge sparks a change from one equilibrium state to another. By starting small and iterating quickly, we manage the change in a deliberate and responsible manner, ensuring that the catalytic reaction is positive when unleashed at scale. We can also help manage the journey to the tipping point, creating pre-conditions for catalytic projects to take off.

Evidence-based

We develop solutions that use evidence as a compass.

We are deeply committed to using evidence to guide our actions. We build evidence in-house through robust experimentation, and integrate our findings into a wider body of knowledge, coming from many people and many places. This cohesive landscape of insights allows us to triangulate the best course of action.