We’re looking for bright and ambitious people to help us in our mission to make the world a better place in a considered, evidence-based way. We want to become the place to go for the most talented and dedicated people for advice on how to maximise the impact of their careers. To find out why working for 80,000 Hours is a great opportunity, see below.
We are always looking for interns to join us on our Graduate Volunteer Scheme, for which you can apply by filling out this form. You can see more details below. We do not currently anticipate considering applications until our next recruitment round in late 2014, so if you require a reply before then please let us know at recruitment [at] centre for effective altruism [dot] org.
We are not currently recruiting for any employee roles. We advertised for several jobs in early 2014, but stopped taking applications for them at 5pm GMT on February 28th.
All jobs and internships are based at our office in the centre of Oxford. We can often provide free accommodation to interns, and rent out accommodation to new employees.
Internships on our Graduate Volunteer Scheme
We are recruiting for people to volunteer with us full-time in Oxford. We run a Graduate Volunteer Scheme on which people intern with us, generally for at least three months and often for longer (although we are also interested in students who want to volunteer with us over the summer). We can often provide accommodation in a house with other volunteers and staff, free lunch, and expenses of up to £8 a day based on financial need, especially for longer-term interns. As you would play an important role for a significant period, we would make sure it didn’t leave you out of pocket.
There are lots of different areas to work on, and there’s plenty of flexibility to adjust the role so it plays to your strengths and development aims. We make it our responsibility to ensure your time here allows you to grow as much as possible, as well as just being lots of fun! The scheme has proved very popular with our current interns, with a stimulating and dedicated atmosphere in the office and a lively and welcoming community outside office hours. Perhaps the strongest evidence of this is that many have extended their stays repeatedly. Once you have applied, we are happy to connect you with a current intern to discuss what it’s like to work here.
We’re looking for hardworking individuals with a strong desire for personal development who are deeply interested in making the world a better place in an effective way.
What are we looking for?
The specifics of what we’re looking for depends on role and details can be found in the job descriptions. In general, we’re looking for people who have many of the following traits:
- Self-motivated, hard-working, and independent
- Able to deal with pressure and unfamiliar problems
- Have a strong desire for personal development
- Able to quickly master complex, abstract ideas, and solve problems
- Able to communicate clearly and persuasively in writing and in person
- Comfortable working in a team and quick to get on with new people
- Able to lead a team and manage a complex project
- Keen to work with a young team in a startup environment
- Deeply interested in making the world a better place in an effective way, using evidence and research
- A good understanding of the aims of 80,000 Hours and the Centre for Effective Altruism
We’re particularly interested in hearing from anyone with experience in the following areas:
- Programming (especially Ruby on Rails)
Why work for 80,000 Hours?
First and foremost, “making the world a better place” is our bottom line and central aim. If you work for 80,000 Hours, you can directly help hundreds of other people have more impact with their careers. We work on this project because we think it’s the best way for us to make a contribution. Developing ways to monitor our own impact is one of our biggest priorities.
But there’s more:
Be part of something incredibly exciting
We want to completely change the way people think about their careers, which we find to be an unbelievably exciting and motivating project.
“It’s really exciting to be at the forefront of research on how to do the most good with your career. It’s such an important and neglected area of research, and all our findings are immediately applicable and decision relevant to real people’s lives.” - Roman Duda, Product Manager
Do work that’s important, challenging and varied
Everyone wants a job they love, as well as one that makes a difference. Job satisfaction seems to come from challenge, contribution, and variety. Working on the fundamentally interesting, neglected and important question: “how can we help people choose the best careers?” turns out to be a pretty good way to achieve these things!
“One of my favorite parts of working for 80,000 Hours was that there was always something new. I got a lot of choice in what I was working on and there was a lot of task diversity. I got to see my projects to completion and had a high degree of autonomy.” - Xio Kikauka, intern
Work with incredible people
Everyone who works for us is talented, dedicated and ambitious, and there’s a wide community of awesome people in Oxford for you to meet. When I asked people in the office for what they most liked about working here, “great people” came up the most.
““The best thing about working for CEA is definitely the people. I have never before met such an intelligent, motivated and interesting team with a genuine desire to change the world for the better.” - Stephanie Crampin, intern
Meet incredible people
We work closely with academics at the University of Oxford: we share offices with the Future of Humanity Institute and are affiliated with the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, based in the same building. Our careers coaching program is attracting some of the most inspiring and interesting people in the world: we’re currently getting so many requests we have to turn away 80% of them.
“The people I work with are some of the smartest, most dedicated and interesting people I know. I’ve learned so much from them, and the network that I’ve become part of is packed full of ridiculously impressive people.” - Roman Duda
Become the most impressive person you can
Helping you to fulfil your potential to make a huge difference is one of the most important things we can do, so we make personal development a priority. We’ll tailor your work so you can develop the skills you want, as well as explicitly setting aside time each week to work on personal development and self improvement.
“I feel like I’ve made a real contribution to the charity as part of the group and had the motivation to make myself better and stronger as a person whilst doing it.” - Stephanie Crampin
Everyone really wants to help everyone else on the team, as we all care deeply about enabling each other to reach our highest potential, so that we can all improve the world as much as possible.” - Roman Duda
Find exciting future job opportunities
One of our interns in 2012 spun off the organisation Effective Animal Activism with our help. We’re growing an amazing network of people and organisations working on the highest impact opportunities in the world - we’re in contact with some pretty impressive individuals like Nick Bostrom of FHI and Holden Karnofsky of GiveWell.
If you work for us, you’ll also have:
We go for a “professional, but autonomous” work culture. We set high standards, but avoid pointless rules. For example, we encourage our employees to set a work routine that works for them and stick to it, but have no strict office hours.
As we’re a new and growing organisation, there’s a lot of opportunity to take on responsibility much earlier than you would in a large corporation. Many of our interns develop management experience by working with volunteers.
We want everyone to have a say in how 80,000 Hours is run. We hold weekly team meetings to give everyone an input, and also run weekly lunchtime sessions on some specific area of what we’re working on to get input and feedback.
It’s also just a ton of fun! The team is very sociable and we do lots of things together besides work: weekly dinners and pub trips, movie nights, and much more.
Finally, there’s no better place to try and figure out your own career path. We can’t emphasise this one enough - it’s something we’ve found ridiculously valuable. One of the best ways to figure out the answers to your questions is to discuss them with other people who are thinking about the same issues. You’ll be in an environment surrounded by other people who are ambitious about making a difference with the careers, giving you ample opportunity to do this. We give each other constant feedback and advice on future career plans, and also offer formal careers advice to everyone who works with us.
“I genuinely don’t think there’s a better place in the world to work if you want to figure out what to do with your own career. The time I’ve spent working for 80,000 Hours this past year has been invaluable and made me realise there are so many more exciting possibilities available to me than I originally thought.” - Jess Whittlestone, Director of Communications