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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 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

About Working at AidData

For questions, please contact 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 us on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn

To sign up for the Global Research Digest, a weekly newsletter of research-related events and student opportunities published by the Global Research Institute, please email Meghan Haslam at To see all student opportunities with other projects at the 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 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


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.


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, check this page regularly and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.  

AidData Communications Associate

AidData is currently seeking a Communications Associate to support the Partnerships and Communications team. AidData equips policymakers and practitioners with better evidence to improve how sustainable development investments are targeted, monitored, and evaluated. Under the daily direction of the AidData Communications Manager, this position will assist in content production and promotion with key AidData audiences, including policymakers, funders of AidData, researchers, analysts and other partners. A particular focus of this position will be supporting the growing demand for communications support tied to the work of AidData’s Policy Analysis Unit. In this capacity, the Communications Associate will support a diverse range of activities such as graphic design, typesetting/layout/formatting of long-form print publications, visual design and content curation for AidData’s website, blog, and social media channels, and administrative, logistical and operational support for contact management systems and outreach events.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in communications, journalism, marketing or similar discipline; or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Strong design, written, and verbal communications skills, including the ability to package content for a policymaking/researcher audience using a variety of media
  • Desktop publishing and presentation skills with Mac software (Pages, Keynote) and/or Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Word)
  • Demonstrated ability as a creative and proactive promoter and savvy social media strategist;
  • Ability to write, edit and format content for a range of platforms, such as web pages, blog posts, presentations, written reports, backgrounders and news releases
  • Strong time management and project management skills with the capacity to prioritize workloads and to work quickly and meticulously under pressure;
  • Ability to take constructive feedback, quickly translate it into modified and/or new content, and apply metrics and lessons learned to future projects

Preferred Qualifications

  • 1-3 years of experience in a communications or marketing role, demonstrating proven ability to undertake diverse and complex assignments with minimal supervision, to work across teams, to resolve competing demands, and hand off client deliverables on time
  • Fluency in Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, XD, and/or Premier Pro) as demonstrated by a portfolio of design.
  • Subject matter knowledge of international development, international relations, data science and/or knowledge of the markets in which AidData operates

This position is based at AidData, a research lab at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. This is a full-time, hourly position on a one-year contract contingent upon funding. Salary range is $30,000-$38,000, commensurate with experience.

Equal Opportunity Employment

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 in the William & Mary jobs portal. There, click Apply for this Job to apply with your resume/curriculum vitae and cover letter. Additionally, in the applicant documents folder (under the writing sample field), please attach a writing sample in PDF form between 600 and 1,200 words. In the same applicant documents folder (under the other doc field), please attach a PDF of a sample of recent graphic design work, such as an illustration, formatted publication, or web design.

All applications for this position must be made through the portal; we are unable to consider any application materials received by email. Please note that applications cannot be updated once submitted, but must be withdrawn and a new application submitted for consideration.

Apply on William & Mary jobs portal

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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

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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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