Workers distributing mosquito nets on behalf of the Against Malaria Foundation in Malawi (Against Malaria Foundation /

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Giving What We Can's blog, featuring the latest news from our research team and community.

[Interview] Why Derek Thompson of The Atlantic took the Giving What We Can pledge

Derek Thompson is a senior editor at The Atlantic, writing on a wide range of topics such as technology, economic policy and behavioural psychology. One of his best known pieces is The Atlantic magazine cover story A World Without Work, which delves into the impact technology may have on the future of employment as we know it. We interviewed him on why he took the Giving What We Can pledge.

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Why you should apply for the September Internship

  • Published 10 Mar 2016
  • Updated 25 Apr 2018

Forget what you think you know about summer internships: two weeks at the Centre for Effective Altruism is quite unlike any other work experience. From the get-go you are immersed into a dynamic, startup environment brimming with intellectual excitement and a sense of community. If you are looking for the freedom to pursue interesting work, the guidance to make it as impactful as possible, and the opportunity to make lasting friendships along the way - then get writing that application. Apply here!

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What it's like to intern at Giving What We Can

This summer I spent two months working at Giving What We Can’s Oxford offices as an intern. It was an incredibly valuable experience and I encourage anyone with an interest in extreme poverty alleviation to apply. You can find more information about doing a summer internship at Giving What We Can here.

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Out of the box and into this world: behavioural economics and international development

Studies show that people often make bad decisions. Annoyingly bad decisions, for annoyingly petty reasons. Like that time you procrastinated getting back to a friend, for no obvious reason, and it turned out you missed out on a nice dinner, an evening at the pub or some such. In fact, you probably didn’t need studies to inform you that you sometimes make bad decisions. You knew that perfectly well already.

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