Asia Capacity Building Research Intern Position



The abolition of child trafficking and exploitation. Nothing less.



We combat child trafficking & exploitation with the unexpected and restore survivors with excellence.

Intern reports to the Director of Asia Prevention.


Love146 seeks an energetic Research Intern to join the team in Southeast Asia. This position is based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, but other research related travel might be necessary. The intern will work closely with the Director of Asia Prevention to help conduct research for the field of human trafficking addressing prevention and demand and advocating for change and improving programs.

This research internship is designed as a stepping-stone to equip newly qualified field researchers to become future leaders in the fields of human rights and social sciences with invaluable skills and network connections. This is an excellent opportunity for fourth-year undergraduate students, or Master’s candidates. Due to the nature of the research topics, this position may require, at times, close interaction with clients; female, male and/or transgendered survivors of human trafficking and exploitation. Male and transgendered researchers are strongly encouraged to apply.

This unpaid position will provide practical, hands-on experience in the area of prevention education, research, monitoring and evaluation, and/or program development. Individuals will frequently work closely with grassroots organizations, and in other community settings.

Individuals should be highly motivated, organized, and possess a professional demeanor, as well as have a sense of compassion for at-risk youth or survivors of human trafficking and exploitation. Applicants should be able to commit to the entirety of the internship experience.

This position requires attention to detail, a demonstrated interest in working with at-risk populations, cultural competence, and the ability to work under emotionally charged conditions and in difficult situations with sensitivity and respect. Interns will gain a hands-on experience in conducting research pertaining to the trafficking and exploitation of males, females and transgendered youth in Southeast Asia, and develop strong community relationships with other social service providers and anti-trafficking non-government organization leaders and staff.

INTERN RESPONSIBILITIES — may include some/any of the following:

  • Contribute to a research study pertaining to the trafficking and exploitation of boys, girls and/or transgendered youth in the sex industry.
  • Create a system for data collection.
  • Monitor and evaluate progress of programs.
  • Assist with preparing, writing and editing evaluation and progress reports.
  • Provide detailed analyses of data.
  • Collect relevant information to develop new training materials for partner projects.
  • Assist with other tasks as needed.

Interns for this position must be able to commit 40 hours per week for a minimum of three consecutive months. Times of work need to be flexible, e.g. sometimes late.

All internships are unpaid; however, Love146 will work with academic institutions to provide academic credit, as needed.

This internship is based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Room & board are not provided, but guidance is available.


  • At least three to four years of study in International Relations, International Development, Social Sciences, or a related field.
  • Prior research training and experience, and relevant courses taken is preferred.
  • Familiarity with topics such as proper source citation, use of surveys and needs assessments, use of SPSS and data analysis is vital.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • A keen sense of professionalism.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills. Team player.
  • Cultural and social sensitivity.
  • Ability to take initiative, set priorities, work independently, and manage multiple tasks.
  • Understanding and respect of the complexity of sexual trauma and abuse.
  • Ability and willingness to adapt to a variety of duties and priorities, and work under time constraints and pressure.
  • High level of comfort using Microsoft Office, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Seasoned experience with the Internet, relevant search engines, and databases as research resources.
  • Flexible, open minded, and easy going – with a sense of humor.

The tentative start of this internship is: September 2013.

All interns should be able to attend an Internship Orientation prior to departure.

How To Apply

  • Download and complete the Love146 Internship Application Form from
  • Provide a cover letter, detailed résumé, and a 1-2 page writing sample demonstrating academic research skills, with particular focus on commercial sexual exploitation, human trafficking, youth empowerment, and/or reintegration.
  • Email (no snail mail) all required documents to:
  • Note: Electronic signatures or typed names in lieu of signatures are acceptable where required.

No snail mail please. To help keep our administrative costs low Love146 can not respond to phone enquiries on these positions.Our process is to review all resumes and to contact only those applicants who are appropriate for current openings. Thank you for your understanding.


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