Founded by Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg in 2015, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) is a new kind of philanthropy that’s leveraging technology to help solve some of society’s toughest challenges – from eradicating disease, to improving education. Across our core initiatives of Science and Education, we’re pairing engineering with grantmaking, impact investing, policy work, and advocacy, to progress in our mission of building an inclusive, just and healthy future for everyone.

Our Values

We believe we can help build a future for everyone.

  • We aim to be daring, but humble:  We look for bold ideas — regardless of structure and stage — and help them scale by pairing engineers with subject matter experts to build tools that accelerate the pace of social progress.
  • We want to learn fast, but build for the long-term: We want to iterate fast and help bring new solutions to the table, but we also realize that important breakthroughs often take decades, or even centuries.
  • Stay close to the real problems: We engage directly in the communities we serve because no one understands our society’s challenges like those who live them every day.  

Our success is dependent on building teams that include people from different backgrounds and experiences who can challenge each other's assumptions with fresh perspectives. To that end, we look for a diverse pool of applicants including those from historically marginalized groups — women, people with disabilities, people of color, formerly incarcerated people, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or gender nonconforming, first and second generation immigrants, veterans, and people from different socioeconomic backgrounds.

CZI also supports multiple work options. Learn more about our philosophy and approach here.

The Opportunity

We're looking for a User Experience Researcher Intern to join our science efforts. The goal of CZI’s science initiative is to accelerate the pace of science and to cure, prevent, or manage all diseases by the end of the century. Our science initiative supports multiple efforts, including  Patient-Driven Research, a program to advance therapeutic research in rare disease, and Single Cell, a platform for visualizing biological data at the cellular level. 

Single Cell 

We develop tools with and for the scientific community so that every scientist can be a better scientist. Cellxgene is a tool that helps scientists to explore and visualize high dimensional single-cell datasets in an interactive way, allowing them to surface important information that could lead to discoveries in treating disease.

You will

  • Participate in the design, execution, analysis, and reporting of mixed-methods research studies to understand scientists, their needs, and how we can meet them.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teammates and external partners in shaping the delivery of products that accelerate the pace of science through fostering collaboration and knowledge discovery.
  • Collaborate with product teams to generate concepts that address problems faced by biologists.
  • Analyze data and convey insights in clear, illustrative ways that help the product team learn about scientific and research processes, inspire product strategy, and encourage design iteration.
  • Collaborate on “full-stack” research, including gathering foundational and strategy-guiding insights all the way to very tactical usability research.
  • Combine quantitative and qualitative data to determine the success of features during pilots and post-launch.
  • Participate in critiques by sharing and receiving constructive feedback.

You have

  • Pursuing an advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in Human Computer Interaction, Psychology, Sociology, or related field with a targeted graduation date between Fall 2022 to Summer 2023.
  • The ability to work for 12 consecutive weeks during the Summer 2022.
  • A strong desire to learn new things.
  • Strongly driven by helping to build user-focused tools to solve important problems.
  • An ability to prioritize and communicate effectively and in a compelling way.
  • Familiarity with user research methods and knowledge of when to apply the appropriate methods.

Nice to have

  • User experience research experience from previous internships, work experience, academic research, lab work, or personal projects.
  • Experience interacting with highly technical or specialized individuals, such as scientists.
  • Background in Biology or Life Sciences


CZI believes that vaccines are one of the most powerful tools to fight COVID-19 and save lives. It aligns to our mission and work to cure, manage, and prevent disease. Proof of completed COVID-19 vaccination will be required for all applicants and employees to come onsite to a CZI facility. CZI will consider exceptions to this policy for medical or religious reasons on an individualized basis.

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