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Open Positions

Summer internship opportunities are now available for current students and recent graduates! All internships are unpaid for 120 hours (30 hrs/wk commitment), after which interns become eligible for paid RA positions. Free on-campus housing at the College of William & Mary is provided for the summer.

Please see below for specific opportunities:

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.

China Geocoding Summer Internship

AidData will soon complete a global version of its database of Chinese development projects (building upon the Africa-specific data already available via

As part of this effort, AidData is seeking student interns with an interest in data & analysis and strong reading & writing skills to sub-nationally geocode this dataset in Summer 2017. Interns will receive an inside look at international aid projects, learn how to geocode and work with large datasets, and how to interpret complex project documents from governmental and nongovernmental organizations, providing a knowledge base for future GIS analysis. Applicants with Chinese language skills are particularly encouraged to apply. All internships are unpaid, but interns will be offered free summer housing at the College. Students who successfully complete their internship (30 hrs/wk, for 120 hours total) with satisfactory performance become eligible for a paid Research Assistant position during the remaining 6 weeks of the 10-week summer session. High-performing summer RAs will also be eligible for future research opportunities with AidData in the 2017-2018 academic year.

If you are interested in learning more about the Chinese development finance research program that this summer internship/research assistanceship will support, take a quick look at this slide deck (or watch this video). 

To apply, please contact Renee Rotberg by email (, describing your qualifications and experience via (1) a cover letter and a (2) a current CV. The deadline for submitting a cover letter and CV is Tuesday, March 28 at 5 P.M. Interviews will be conducted Wednesday, March 29 and Thursday, March 30.