Join the Team

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 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.

Student Opportunities

Full-time Positions

Announcement: AidData Summer Fellows Program Transition

Working at AidData

For questions, please contact info@aiddata.org. 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.

Student Opportunities

Opportunities for internships and research assistantships at AidData for undergraduate, graduate students and recent graduates will be posted below as available.

For updates on future opportunities, check this page regularly and follow AidData on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn

To receive the Global Research Digest, a weekly newsletter of research-related events and student opportunities published by the Global Research Institute, please fill out this form. For additional student opportunities with other projects at the Global Research Institute, please visit here.

GeoQuery Student Research Assistantships

GeoQuery, a research project at AidData, is accepting applications on a rolling basis for William & Mary students to work in the spring and fall semesters 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.

To apply, fill out the online application here. For questions, please contact raoberman@email.wm.edu.

GeoData

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.

GeoBoundaries

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.

GeoDev

R&D makes GeoQuery work. Have machine learning skills? Web development? Python? Want to help the other teams work better, solve text-mining problems, keep our website working, or work on other applied computational projects? GeoDev is for you. This position requires knowledge and/or relevant coursework in computer science and computer programming; specifically CS 141 or DATA 141, as well as basic GIS skills (GIS 201 - Introduction to GIS, formerly listed as INTR 204). It is also recommended that you have previous experience working with JavaScript or other web-based technologies. The focus and responsibility of the GeoDev research team is to provide technical assistance to the GeoBoundaries and GeoData teams by debugging code, solving programming problems, improving the GeoQuery website, and deriving new code to solve applied research problems. Students who participate in this program will be able to gain experience in applying computer science knowledge in a research environment, and will have the opportunity to gain recognition in research papers and other career opportunities. 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 creator of new software packages, R or Python scripts; and (c) be competitive for Data Science Fellowships.

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Full-time Positions

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.

For updates on future opportunities, please check this page regularly and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.  

AidData Specialized Program Manager

AidData is currently seeking qualified applicants for a Specialized Program Manager, based in Williamsburg, VA. The position will lead a wide variety of projects, and offers a unique opportunity to work on cutting edge research with major policy stakeholders in the focus sectors of Global Health, International Education, and/or Extractive Industries. Position will be responsible for leading and managing engagements with a multitude of stakeholders/partners engaged on a project, overseeing implementation of programs on the ground across multiple partners, supervising internal team to implement projects on the ground and will provide support on preparing research proposals, design, implementation and monitoring, data management, report writing and dissemination and policy outreach. Final hire for this position contingent upon project approval and available funds.

This position is located at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. This is a full-time position, and salary is commensurate with experience in the U08 range (see Salary Structure for University Employees).

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, or related field
  • Specialized skill in Global Health, International Education, or Extractives Sector
  • Excellent management and organizational skills along with strong quantitative skills
  • Fluency and excellent communication skills in English
  • Flexible, self-motivating, detail-oriented, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, a team player
  • Demonstrated ability to manage high-level relationships with partner organizations
  • Ability to work independently and in field locations

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, or related field
  • Experience conducting research on global health, international education, and/or natural resource concessions; familiarity with contemporary issues, major actors, etc.
  • Willingness to travel abroad, at times on short notice
  • Previous knowledge of or desire to learn local languages
  • Previous experience leading international development research in a project and client management capacity preferred.
  • Knowledge of Stata, R, ArcGIS, QGIS or other data analysis software is strongly preferred

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.

Application Instructions

For more details and to apply, please visit the position listing at the William & Mary Employment Opportunities portal. There, click Apply for this Job to apply with your resume/curriculum vitae and cover letter.

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AidData Program Manager (Transparent Development Footprints)

AidData is currently seeking qualified applicants for a Program Manager, based in Williamsburg, VA. The position will lead a wide variety of projects, and offers a unique opportunity to work on cutting edge research with major policy stakeholders in the focus areas of emerging donors (e.g. China, Gulf Cooperation Council) and new models of funding development globally. Position will be responsible for leading and managing engagements with a multitude of stakeholders/partners, as well as providing support on preparing research proposals, design, implementation and monitoring, data management, report writing and dissemination and policy outreach.

This position is located at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. This is a full-time position, and salary is commensurate with experience up to $49,000 in the U07 range (see Salary Structure for University Employees).

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, or related field
  • 1-2 years of experience delivering high quality outputs.
  • Excellent management and organizational skills along with strong quantitative skills
  • Fluency and excellent communication skills in English
  • Flexible, self-motivating, detail-oriented, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, a team player
  • Demonstrated ability to manage high-level relationships with partner organizations
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a demanding and complex work environment, to carry out assignments in a timely manner, and to adapt to changing situations and priorities
  • Strong and effective interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to interact professionally with a diverse group of researchers, clients, partners, data users, and staff

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, or related field
  • Knowledge of Stata, R, ArcGIS, QGIS or other data analysis software is strongly preferred
  • Experience conducting research on Chinese official/development finance, blended finance, BRICS, South-South cooperation, familiarity with contemporary development issues, major actors, etc.
  • Willingness to travel abroad, at times on short notice
  • Previous experience leading international development research in a project and client management capacity preferred.

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.

Application Instructions

For more details and to apply, please visit the position listing at the William & Mary Employment Opportunities portal. There, click Apply for this Job to apply with your resume/curriculum vitae and cover letter.

Please note: This position has been reopened—all previous applications are still under consideration and do not need to reapply. All applications for this position must be made through the portal; we are unable to consider any application materials received by email. Applications cannot be updated once submitted, but must be withdrawn and a new application submitted for consideration.

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AidData Policy Specialist (SDI)

AidData is currently seeking qualified applicants for a Policy Specialist, based in Williamsburg, VA. The position will lead a wide variety of projects, and offers a unique opportunity to work on cutting edge applied research with an aim impact on the decision making of major policy stakeholders across the Global South. Major potential focus areas include global health, extractives industries, vulnerable populations and operationalizing sustainable development goals at the domestic level. Position will be responsible for: 1) improving uptake of AidData’s data and research by the policy and development community through research summaries, policy briefs, articles, and blog posts; 2) leading and managing projects/engagements with a multitude of stakeholders/partners; and 3) collaborating on new research proposals, project design, implementation and monitoring, data management, report writing and dissemination and policy outreach.

This position is located at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. This is a full-time position, and salary is commensurate with experience up to $50,000.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, or related field
  • 2-4 years of experience delivering high quality policy research and/or policy outreach outputs.
  • Excellent management and organizational skills along with strong quantitative skills
  • Fluency and excellent communication skills in English
  • Flexible, self-motivating, detail-oriented, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, a team player
  • Demonstrated ability to manage high-level relationships with partner organization.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a demanding and complex work environment, to carry out assignments in a timely manner, and to adapt to changing situations and priorities.
  • Strong and effective interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to interact professionally with a diverse group of researchers, clients, partners, data users, and staff

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, public health, or related field
  • Experience generating written content (various forms) for a policy audience
  • Experience conducting research on global health, Extractives Industries, Global Development Agendas, or vulnerable populations (migrants, persons with disabilities, women & girls, indigenous)
  • Familiarity with contemporary development issues, major actors, etc.
  • Willingness to travel abroad, at times on short notice
  • Previous experience leading international development research in a project and client management capacity preferred.
  • Knowledge of Stata, R, ArcGIS, QGIS

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.

Application Instructions

For more details and to apply, please visit the position listing at the William & Mary Employment Opportunities portal. There, click Apply for this Job to apply with your resume/curriculum vitae and cover letter.

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Announcement: AidData Summer Fellows Program Transition

Thanks to the generous support of the Robert and Susan Trice International Fellowship Endowment and the Freeman-Asia Award, the AidData Summer Fellows program (2013-2017) has now transitioned to the Global Research Institute Summer Fellows Program. The Global Research Institute, a hub for interdisciplinary research on real-world issues, will continue to provide William & Mary students with hands-on international experiential learning opportunities through the new program.

To learn more, visit the Summer Fellows Program page at the Global Research Institute's site. 2019 Summer Fellow Placement Opportunities are now open for applications. For questions, please contact the Assistant Director of Programs for the Global Research Institute, Rebecca Latourell, at rmhalleran@wm.edu.

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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 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.

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