Join the Team
We are a research lab at William & Mary of 25 faculty and staff with a track record of successfully managing more than 60 grants and contracts worth more than $40 million over the last 13 years. We are economists, political scientists, computational geographers, developers, program evaluators, policy analysts, media and communications professionals, and more.
- Transparent Development Footprints (TDF) Team Internship
- Listening to Leaders (LTL) Survey Team Internship
- GeoQuery Student Research Assistantships
For questions, please contact email@example.com. Any positions listed below 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 give applicants individual status updates; candidates invited for an interview will be notified.
Fall 2018 Opportunities
Opportunities for internships and research assistantships at AidData for undergraduate, graduate students and recent graduates will be posted below as available.
To sign up for the ITPIR Digest, a weekly newsletter of IR-related events and student opportunities published by AidData's parent institution, the Institute for the Theory & Practice of International Relations, please email Meghan Haslam at firstname.lastname@example.org. To see all student opportunities with other ITPIR projects, please visit ITPIR's Hiring page here.
Transparent Development Footprints (TDF) Team Internship
Internship opportunities in AidData’s Transparent Development Footprints (TDF) team are now available for current W&M students! Interns on the TDF team will track financial flows from non-Western governments using the Tracking Under-reported Financial Flows (TUFF) methodology. You will build on our Chinese Official Development Finance database, which covers more than 4000 projects and over $350 billion financial flows worldwide from 2000 to 2014.
Applicants with all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Language skills in Mandarin, Spanish, French or languages spoken in Southeast Asia/South Asia/Central Asia are a plus. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
All internships are unpaid for 120 hours, after which interns are eligible for paid RA positions.
Listening to Leaders (LTL) Survey Team Internship
The Listening to Leaders (LTL) team at AidData is now accepting applications for Fall 2018 internships. Interns will play a significant role in the implementation of the next Listening to Leaders survey. Interns will spend 60-75% of their time updating the sampling frame by identifying the names, positions, and contact information of leaders working in government, development organizations, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and academia. The remaining 25-40% will be spent on conducting descriptive statistics of the survey data, preparing dissemination material of survey results, and cleaning survey data points, among other tasks.
Students of any major are encouraged to apply. Interest in International Relations, motivated, organized, and/or fluency or proficiency in a foreign language are a plus. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning September 10.
Interns will work unpaid for their first 120 hours and are then eligible to become paid research assistants. Interns and research assistants work 10 hours per week during the school year. For further information, please contact Sami Tewolde at email@example.com.
GeoQuery Student Research Assistantships
GeoQuery, a research project at AidData, is accepting applications on a rolling basis for William & Mary students to work as research assistants. The lab has three teams — GeoData, GeoBoundaries, and GeoDev — each with different activities and required qualifications as described below.
Please note that applications to the lab are assessed once a semester, and you may not hear back on your application until the end of the semester in which you applied. Only current William & Mary students are eligible to apply.
GeoQuery relies on students to help us identify the best datasets to distribute to our researchers through the platform. This position does not require any research or background experience, and is intended for freshmen to junior students looking to become involved in research. The focus and responsibility of the GeoData research team is to gather, research, and prepare (or create!) datasets that can be used in potential research projects, both here at William & Mary and in academia more broadly. These datasets are collected to be incorporated into the public GeoQuery platform, which is used by thousands of individuals from hundreds of organizations to facilitate research and policymaking. Students who participate in this program will be able to gain a foundation in working in research, and have the opportunity to gain recognition in research papers and academic briefs.
Did you know we're not sure where some cities, counties, districts, or even state borders are around the world? It’s true! The focus and responsibility of the GeoBoundaries research team is to collect and prepare better, more accurate subnational boundaries of countries across the globe for use in research and the GeoQuery platform. This position is intended for sophomores, juniors, and seniors looking to get involved in research focused in international relations and geospatial studies, and requires experience and/or relevant coursework in geospatial analysis; specifically, GIS 201 - Introduction to GIS (formerly listed as INTR 204).The boundaries will be accessible by researchers and students who may desire to use the information for their own research and projects. Students on this team may be able to (a) receive COLL 400 course credit through independent research in the Data Science Program; (b) receive formal credit as a contributor to the GeoBoundaries project in published materials (i.e., if you create the best boundaries known for Mexico, every researcher using it will be citing you); and (c) be competitive for Data Science Fellowships.
Read about the GeoBoundaries team's work so far here.
Headquartered in Williamsburg, Virginia at William & Mary, the second oldest college in the U.S. and a cutting-edge research university, AidData offers competitive compensation and a generous benefits package for full-time positions, including comprehensive health, dental, and life insurance; retirement; gym access; tuition waiver program; flexible work schedule; and more.
Announcement: AidData Summer Fellows Program Transition
Thanks to the generous support of the Trice Endowment, the AidData Summer Fellows program (2013-2017) has now transitioned to the ITPIR Summer Fellows Program. The Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations (ITPIR), a hub for interdisciplinary, internationally-focused research at William & Mary, will continue to provide W&M students with hands-on international experiential learning opportunities through the new program.
Working at AidData
At AidData you will join world-class development professionals in solving challenging development questions, working together with colleagues from diverse disciplines including economics, computer science, geography, public health, environmental studies and political 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.
We prioritize 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 field experiment with the World Bank or the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 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 tremendous quality of life. 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 play on a community volleyball team, host trivia nights at local craft breweries, and organize book clubs and restaurant explorations.
For our full-time positions: As an employee of the College of William & Mary, you will be afforded competitive compensation and benefits, including comprehensive health, dental, and life insurance, retirement, and gym access. You will also receive an annual tuition reimbursement of more than $5,000, allowing AidData employees to take up to four William & Mary classes each calendar year free of charge.
In addition to updating skills through coursework, professional development is encouraged and facilitated through interaction with policymakers and established academics, development field work with local partners, and one-on-one mentoring with senior members of AidData.