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Open Positions: Join our growing team!

We are a research lab of over 30 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, spatial epidemiologists, program evaluators, policy analysts, media and communication professionals, and more.

About working at AidData

Student opportunities and announcements

  • Listening to Leaders Spring 2018 Internships
  • Summer 2018 Internships (forthcoming)
  • AidData Summer Fellows Program Transition

Full-time positions

For questions, please contact Please note that any positions listed below that are active in the William & Mary Employment Opportunities portal are indeed open and receiving applications. 

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 the College 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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Student Opportunities

Opportunities for internships and research assistantships (term-time and summer) at AidData for undergraduate, graduate students and recent graduates will be listed here as available. 

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

Listening to Leaders (LtL) Spring 2018 Internships

The Listening to Leaders program collects 360 degree feedback on development priorities, progress, and performance from the perspective of leaders in low- and middle-income countries. We research convergence and divergence in priorities; barriers and opportunities to advance reforms; performance of development partners; and evidence-informed policymaking. We use large-scale online surveys, snap polls, and qualitative interviews to explore these areas of interest. In addition to flagship reports such as Listening to Leaders: Which Development Partners Do They Prefer and Why?, we conduct bespoke analysis in partnership with development organizations.

Interns will play a significant role in the implementation of the third wave of the Listening to Leaders survey. Interns will spend a majority of their time updating our sampling frame of leaders in 140+ low- and middle-income countries by identifying the names, positions, and contact information of leaders working in government, development organizations, non-governmental organizations, private sector, and academia. 

We welcome applicants from all majors and all levels of experience, with a particular emphasis on government, international relations, public policy, and non-English languages (French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Portuguese). The internship requires a commitment of 10 hours a week. Internships are unpaid for 120 hours, after which you are eligible to apply for paid positions. For questions or to apply, please send an email to both Senior RAs Bryan Burgess ( and Sami Tewolde ( Application review begins January 24. In your application, please include in the body of your email why you are interested in the internship and attach a current resume.

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Summer 2018 Internships

Listings for summer opportunities will be posted here by early March. Internships are generally 10 weeks long, and begin the Tuesday after Memorial Day. All internships are unpaid for 120 hours, after which interns are eligible for paid RA positions. Free on-campus housing is provided for the summer.

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AidData Summer Fellows Program Transition

Thanks to the generous support of the Trice Endowment, the AidData Summer Fellows program (2013-2017) has now transitioned to the ITPIR Summer Fellows Program. The Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations (ITPIR), a hub for interdisciplinary, internationally-focused research at William & Mary, will continue to provide W&M students with hands-on international experiential learning opportunities through the new program. To apply for Summer 2018 fellowships, please visit the ITPIR Summer Fellows Program page. Applications are due January 3. For questions, please contact the ITPIR summer fellows team at

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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 TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.  

Junior Program Manager

The Junior Program Manager (JPM) is a research staff position at AidData. Junior Program Manager positions are designed for recent graduates who would like to deepen and broaden their analytical, methodological, and management skills; receive on-the-job training and mentoring from a group of professors and researchers; and prepare for future professions in academia, government, and/or the private sector. Each JPM divides his or her time between research laboratory management and other specialized research and policy outreach activities. JPMs play an important role in helping AidData expand its reach and impact in coordination with a variety of institutional partners, such as the United States Agency for International Development, the World Bank, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

AidData is currently seeking a JPM for our Sustainable Development Intelligence program area, which is focused on improving how sustainable development investments are targeted — geographically and demographically — in order to translate resources into results for everyone. Activities include program management, policy and data analysis, policy outreach, and resource mobilization. The JPM will primarily support our work to track financing to the SDGs and track and analyze development investments for vulnerable groups. S/he will be responsible for managing student researchers, collecting and managing data, conducting desk-based research, and helping communicate our findings to partners and the broader development community. 

For more details and to apply online, please see 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. 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.

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Partnerships Associate

A key component in AidData’s ability to grow, diversify, and become sustainable, the Partnerships Associate will support the Director of Partnerships and Communications, AidData’s senior management team, and other faculty and staff in:

  • developing grant proposals to federal agencies, development finance institutions, bilateral aid agencies, foundations, and private donors;
  • coordinating the budget process;
  • liaising with key internal stakeholders across projects;
  • and helping to prepare individual and multi-­investigator, inter-­disciplinary, and multi-­institutional proposals.

You will be developing complex proposal budgets and managing the budget process, under the Partnerships Director’s leadership. AidData’s start-up culture means that applicants should be accustomed to working in a fast-paced environment. This position is full-time; salary is commensurate with experience.

For more details, 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. 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.

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