Using Behavioral Science to Tackle Intractable Development Challenges
My objective for the summer internship was to use this opportunity to try something exciting and completely new to me. I was always intrigued by behavioral science’s potential for optimizing development interventions, I read about it but never had the chance to have a closer look at how it works in real life. This is why I decided to intern with the World Bank’s Mind, Behavior and Development Unit (eMBeD).
It was great to have the chance to work side-by-side with behavioral scientists and economists and seeing the way they approach development challenges! I was involved with three different projects focusing on youth employment, entrepreneurship, and social cohesion and peacebuilding. The variety of projects helped me see the different ways behavioral science can be effectively integrated into development.
My key summer internship takeaway was realizing how much I learned in GHD. There was this Aha! moment when I started working and noticed a significant improvement in my skills and knowledge. It was a great feeling!