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We are a research lab at William & Mary's Global Research Institute of over 25 faculty and staff with a track record of successfully managing more than 90 grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements worth more than $50 million over the last 16 years. We are economists, political scientists, computational geographers, developers, program evaluators, policy analysts, media and communications professionals, and more.

For applicants: Any positions that are active in the William & Mary Employment Opportunities portal are open and receiving applications. Submitted applications are assessed to short-list individuals for interview. Please note that due to the volume of applications, we are unable to provide applicants with individual status updates; candidates invited for an interview will be notified.

For students: Opportunities for internships and research assistantships at AidData for undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates in summer 2020 will be posted below as available. On-campus summer housing is free for William & Mary undergraduates; for students from other schools, a small registration fee of $50 will be charged to cover campus services. Please note: Due to the Virginia's Governor's "stay-at-home" order through June 10th, on-campus housing will not be available for summer session one (June 1st - July 3rd); no decision has yet been made on whether on-campus housing will be available for summer session two (July 5th - August 7th). Summer 2020 interns should expect to work remotely for at least summer session one.

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About Working at AidData

Headquartered in Williamsburg, Virginia at William & Mary, the second oldest college in the U.S. and a 'Public Ivy' research university, AidData offers competitive compensation and a generous benefits package for full-time positions, including comprehensive health, dental, and life insurance; retirement plans; gym access; tuition waiver program; flexible work schedule; and more.

At AidData, you will join world-class development professionals in solving challenging development questions. You will work together with colleagues from diverse disciplines, including economics, political science, public policy, international development, geography, environmental science, and computer science.

AidData is a learning organization, so in addition to helping your colleagues get smarter, you will gain first-hand experience in cutting-edge approaches to data and development. As a member of a research lab, you will be exposed to randomized control trials, customized coding systems, geospatial impact evaluations, elite surveys, and policy uptake initiatives. In addition to the opportunity to take university courses for free, professional development is encouraged and facilitated through interaction with policymakers and established academics, as well as funding for professional development activities like conferences and trainings.

AidData prioritizes impact and collaboration, and you will be empowered with the tools, training, and flexibility you need to pursue projects that will allow you to leverage your strengths and interests. Whether on a walking meeting to discuss a next-gen geospatial impact evaluation or debating your annual March Madness bracket over lunch on the porch by the magnolia tree, your colleagues will be an invaluable source of ideas, learning, and fun.

Williamsburg and the surrounding areas offer a high quality of life at a low cost of living. Staff enjoy short commutes (for some of the team, less than five minutes!); extensive rivers, woods, and trails for outdoor recreation; and great colleagues who after work run the Dog Street 5K, join trivia nights at local craft breweries, and organize trips to Richmond for restaurant explorations and happy hours.

Equal Opportunity Employment

William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.