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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.

AidData Partnerships Intern

The AidData Partnerships and Communications (PComms) team is seeking marketing and research support for Spring 2019. The Partnerships Intern will support upcoming outreach campaigns to expand AidData’s user base and encourage adoption of our online platforms. Responsibilities will include researching prospective markets, creating user personas, and developing outreach materials. This student will gain experience researching diverse markets while learning how to translate that information into actionable marketing plans and outreach materials. All current W&M students are eligible, though we specifically encourage students studying Business and/or Marketing (or who have equivalent work experience) to apply. Hourly rate of $10 per hour, with an anticipated workflow of up to 10 hours per week.

To apply to the PComms team, please email Elizabeth Teare (, AidData Partnerships Associate, with a resume and cover letter. Please put “AidData Partnerships Intern” as the email subject line. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and the first review of applicants will be January 14th.

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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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Transparent Development Footprints Intern

Internship opportunities on AidData’s TDF team are now available for current W&M students. All internships are unpaid for 120 hours, after which interns are eligible for paid RA positions.

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 China development finance database which covers more than 4000 projects and over $350 billion in financial flows worldwide from 2000 to 2014.

To apply to the TDF team, fill out and submit this application form, and send a resume to with the subject of “TUFF 2019 Spring Internship”. Applicants with all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Foreign language skills are a plus. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis starting January 18th.

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Sustainable Development Intelligence Intern

Internship opportunities on AidData’s SDI team are now available for current W&M students. All internships are unpaid for 120 hours, after which interns are eligible for paid RA positions.

Interns on the SDG team will work to support data production efforts, helping to track development finance from a variety of aid donors such as USAID, the World Bank, and the Gates Foundation. The data will help AidData to track, integrate, visualize and disseminate all-source financing for the Sustainable Development Goals.

To apply to the SDG team, fill out and submit this application form, and send a resume to with the subject of “SDG 2019 Spring Internship”. Applicants with all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Applications will be reviewed starting January 28th.

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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 Program Manager (TDF)

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. This 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.

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM on 01/20/2019.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, or a 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

Location and Salary

This position is located at AidData, a research lab at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. This is a full-time, salaried position on a twelve-month position term, contingent upon funding. Salary range is up to $49,000, commensurate with experience.

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 in the William & Mary jobs portal. There, click Apply for this Job to apply with your resume/curriculum vitae and cover letter.  

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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