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Transparent Development Footprints (TDF) Internship

The Transparent Development Footprints team is looking to hire Research Assistants for Summer 2020 to work on a series of projects funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and USAID. Research Assistants will play a key role in compiling novel datasets on official development finance from China and Gulf Cooperation Council Countries. Data produced by Research Assistants will be used to inform the Gates Foundation’s Middle East strategy in areas of health, education, agriculture and gender equality, and assist policymakers at USAID to better understand the scale and scope of development and commercial finance from nontraditional donors. Research Assistants will learn novel research methods, make use of foreign language skills, and understand concretely the landscape of foreign assistance from nontraditional donors.

Students from all backgrounds and all schools are welcome to apply to the summer internship. Recent William & Mary graduates are also welcome to apply. Proficiency in foreign languages is a plus, especially in Chinese, Spanish, French, Arabic, and South and Central Asian languages. Interns will work unpaid for the first 60 hours and are then eligible to become Research Assistants who are paid $8/hr. Experienced Research Assistants are eligible for pay increases up to $12/hr. All Research Assistants will be provided free summer housing. Research Assistants are expected to work a minimum of 30 hours per week in the summer.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit your application form here: Due to the transition to online classes for many students due to COVID-19, the deadline for applications has been extended to April 6th at 12pm (noon). For further information, please contact Joyce Lin at or Katherine Walsh at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The College of 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.