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Partnerships Intern

AidData's Partnerships and Communications (PComms) team is hiring two partnerships interns for spring 2024 to assist the partnerships associate with grant fundraising efforts. The initial period of employment will run from early January to mid May, but there is opportunity for motivated candidates to continue working in subsequent semesters. The partnerships intern(s) will have the opportunity to learn about multiple innovative research streams in international development. AidData’s reports and news releases are regularly cited by media including the New York Times, BBC, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post, and AidData staff frequently brief policymakers, including officials at the US Treasury, White House, World Bank, and IMF, on its reports and research.  

Students from all backgrounds and schools are welcome to apply, and we specifically encourage students with an interest in international aid and business development. AidData is located at William & Mary’s Global Research Institute in Williamsburg, VA, but this position can be fully remote or hybrid remote/in-office.

Important: For employees new to William & Mary's payroll, HR requires I-9s to be processed in person; the candidate must be able to come to Williamsburg, VA to complete their I-9. The partnerships intern will report to AidData’s Partnerships Associate. Starting pay is $12/hr. The intern is expected to work ~10 hours per week during the semester, with a start date in mid January. 

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Regularly: Researching prospective funders for new projects and work streams -- both identifying new organizations to pursue and tracking down contact information for specific individuals at previously identified organizations of interest; Keeping tabs on research funding postings and aggregators, including W&M’s Weekly Funding Opportunity newsletter
  • Sporadically: Preparing short informational summaries highlighting relevant statistics for potential new funders
  • As Needed: Providing situational context and advice for approach for pitching new funders

Desired Qualifications:

  • Research Competencies: open source / web-based content research, broad information synthesis skills
  • Personal Qualities: responsive, pays strong attention to detail, excellent time management skills
  • Technical Skills: proficiency with Google and Microsoft suites (especially Google Docs and Google Sheets)
  • Other: basic knowledge of AidData’s existing work streams and an interest in international aid research and/or business development

Application Instructions

Please submit a resume and cover letter via email to AidData's Partnerships Associate, Monica Maher ( In the subject line, please include “Partnerships Intern Application: [Your Name]”. In your application, highlight any relevant experience or skills, and your reason(s) for interest in the position.

Applications will be accepted through Monday, December 4, 2023

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

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