Join the 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

Open Positions

Student opportunities and announcements

  • Summer 2018 Internships 
  • Sustainable Development Goals Team Internship
  • AidData Summer Fellows Program Transition

Full-time positions

For questions, please contact Any positions listed below that are active in the William & Mary Employment Opportunities portal are indeed open and receiving applications. Submitted applications are assessed to short-list individuals for interview. Please note: Due to the volume of applications, we are unable to respond to all applicants or give individual status updates; candidates invited for an interview will be notified.

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

Summer 2018 Internships

Listings for summer opportunities will be posted here as they become available. 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.

Sustainable Development Goals Team Internship

The Sustainable Development Goals team at AidData is accepting applications for summer 2018 internships! Interns will support our data production efforts, reviewing and classifying international development aid projects to help track development finance for a variety of aid donors such as USAID, the World Bank, and the Gates Foundation.

AidData is dedicated to collecting project-level data from as many donors and donor agencies as possible in order to provide the most complete picture of development finance flows and aid effectiveness. We are looking for interns who are motivated and detail-oriented and can make progress with limited supervision. A demonstrated interest in international development and aid effectiveness is a plus, as is experience with data collection or analysis.

Interns will work 30 hours per week for ten weeks, starting May 29. 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. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting March 1

To apply, send your resume to and fill out the online application here

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 learn more, please visit the ITPIR Summer Fellows Program page. Applications for Summer 2018 Fellowships were 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.  

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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