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June 14, 2017

Some organizations that explicitly affiliate themselves with effective altruism take remote volunteers or interns. Even if you don’t live in proximity of an EA organization’s headquarters, you can often contribute to their goals. What’s better, volunteering is one of the most common means by which current EA organization employees got their feet in the door; it’s a great way for you and the organization to get to know one another. Not all EA organizations take volunteers or interns; if an organization you’re interested in isn’t listed below, reach out to them directly. (The below are listed alphabetically.)

If you have research, operations, or communications skill and believe you should focus on promoting animal welfare, consider interning or volunteering with Animal Charity Evaluators.

If you have design skill, consider speaking with Amy to help with presentations, programs, and other projects of the Centre for Effective Altruism.

If you have a range of business and operations skills and believe you should focus on rigorous projects to help today’s global poor, consider volunteering with Charity Science Health.

If you have a technical research background and values that focus on reducing suffering, consider doing research for the Foundational Research Institute.

If you want help getting sorted into an independent volunteer project, consider visitng the Rethink Charity volunteer page and joining their community chat forum.

If none of those fit, other places you might volunteer include Future of Life Institute, the Global Catastrophic Research Institute, and the The Life You Can Save.

If nothing here fits you, check out Effective Altruism Job Postings (which sometimes features internships and volunteer opportunities) or come up with your own project!

Time commitment: part-time, full-time

Duration: medium-term, long-term

Familiarity with EA: familiar, regular

Occupation: student, professional, retiree

Part of the series

Give your time.

  1. 1. Volunteer or intern remotely.
  2. 2. Volunteer for short-term tasks.