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Open Positions

Spring and summer internship opportunities are now available for current students and recent graduates in AidData’s Survey Practice, TUFF, Activity Coding and Operations teams!

All internships (with the exception of the Operations internship) are unpaid for 120 hours, after which interns are eligible for paid RA positions. The summer internships are for a ten-week period, with a commitment to work 30 hrs/wk. Free on-campus housing is provided for the summer.

Application Instructions

For all teams (with the exception of the Spring Activity Coding opportunity, which requires a separate application), please apply online by (1) submitting the general application form and (2) sending your resume to with the subject line "AidData Summer Internship." Within the application form, you may select to be considered for multiple teams and rank your preferences; you may also apply without selecting a team preference to be considered for all teams.

Applications for summer internships will be accepted until 11:59 PM EST on March 12, 2017. Applicants may still apply after the deadline has passed to be considered for any remaining open positions, but may not be eligible for free summer housing.

Please select an opportunity below for more detailed information on the team's activities and requirements:

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.

2017 Spring -- Activity Coding Team

The Activity Coding team at AidData is accepting applications from students at the College of William & Mary for Spring 2017 internships! Student interns will code and classify 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.

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.

All internships are unpaid for 120 hours, after which interns are eligible for paid positions. We will contact successful applicants to schedule interviews on a rolling basis beginning January 17.

For this opportunity, please apply online using this form specifically, not the general application form. Questions? Email Jennifer Turner at

2017 Summer -- Survey Practice Team

The survey team's main focus is the Listening to Leaders project, a large-scale, international survey that explores the experiences of decision-makers in developing countries with different types of development organizations. We seek to identify the policy priorities of these decision-makers, the most pressing problems they face, and how aid agencies can support them more effectively. Our sampling frame reaches 55,000+ public, private, and civil society leaders in 126 low- and middle-income countries.

Research assistants (RAs) will play a significant role in the implementation of the third wave of the Listening to Leaders survey. RAs will spend 60-75% of their time updating the sampling frame by identifying the names, positions, and contact information of leaders working in government, development organizations, non-governmental organizations, private sector, and academia. RAs will spend the remaining 25-40% conducting literature review and descriptive statistics of the survey data, preparing dissemination material of survey results, and cleaning survey data points, among other tasks.

Students interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the different stakeholders in the international development community, and acquiring foundational qualitative and quantitative skills are encouraged to apply for this position. Please contact Sol Eskenazi at if you have additional questions.

2017 Summer -- TUFF Team

Over the last decade, assistance from non-Western governments has expanded both in absolute terms and as a share of global development finance. However, many of these new actors have effectively opted out of the global development finance reporting regime. While we know that countries like Saudi Arabia, China, Iran, and Venezuela collectively provide tens of billions of dollars in overseas development finance each year, we don’t know much about where this money is going and what it's being used for.

Using an innovative media-based methodology, Tracking Underreported Financial Flows (TUFF), AidData has been tracking development finance from China to developing countries since 2012, and has developed a database that covers more than 6000 projects and over $80 billion in financial flows worldwide from 2000 to 2014. Now, the TUFF Team is expanding the methodology to catalogue previously unknown or underreported financial flows from countries in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait.

As a Research Assistant in the TUFF Team, students will identify potential development projects through local news and media reports, collect and triangulate information from additional sources, and finally code and classify verified projects based on the TUFF methodology. You will have the opportunity to learn and apply a novel research methodology, dive deeply into the development finance of one or more foreign countries, and discover information found nowhere else. For further information, please contact Mengfan Cheng at

2017 Summer -- Activity Coding Team

AidData is dedicated to collecting project-level data on international development aid from as many donors and donor agencies as possible, including multilateral and non-DAC bilateral donors, in order to provide a more complete picture of development finance flows and aid effectiveness.

Interns on the Activity Coding Team will help code and classify these projects using methodologies developed by AidData to identify projects that target different sectors of aid (such as health, or education) or that target resources to fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals. The datasets that are created will help us track development finance for a variety of aid donors, such as USAID, the World Bank, and the Gates Foundation. In addition to project coding, interns will have the opportunity to contribute to a variety of other ongoing projects with AidData’s policy team.

We are looking for interns who are motivated and detail-oriented, and who can make progress with limited supervision. A demonstrated interest in international development and aid effectiveness is a plus, as are foreign language skills and experience with data collection or analysis.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Turner at

2017 Spring/Summer -- Operations Team

The AidData Operations Team is looking for a mature, driven undergraduate student to support AidData's data uptake work. As intern, you will support AidData's efforts to enable development policy-makers, researchers, and practitioners around the world to use the data, research, and analysis produced by AidData to more effectively allocate, coordinate, and evaluate aid projects. This will be done primarily through the coordination of the 2017 AidData Summer Fellows program involving the recruitment of fellows, identification of host organizations, planning of pre-departure training, and coordination of logistics. The intern will also contribute to the design and implementation of training, outreach, analysis, and fellowship activities to foster use of AidData's research and data products domestically and abroad.

Availability during both the spring semester (~10 hours/week) and summer 2017 (full-time) is highly preferred. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. This paid internship is based at the AidData home office at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.

Responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with AidData staff and fellow intern to manage 2017 AidData Summer Fellows Program including recruitment of fellows, identification of placements, pre-departure training design, and logistical coordination
  • Capturing best practices and lessons learned in data uptake from 2016 ASF program and other AidData activities to support ASF program growth design of data uptake activities
  • Supporting AidData data uptake activities which may include helping to conduct research to identify key audiences for AidData, design and implement eLearning curricula, disseminate guidance resources, conduct outreach around data and research releases
  • Assisting in business development tasks to support data uptake efforts

Required qualifications:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and management skills: detail-oriented and skilled at completing diverse assignments with minimal supervision and resolving competing demands
  • Strong and effective inter-personal skills and the ability to interact professionally with a diverse group of researchers, clients, partners, data users, and staff
  • 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
  • Prior experience with AidData student programs a plus
  • Prior experience living/studying in developing countries a plus

Questions about the position may be sent to Applicants with availability in both spring and summer semesters should sent a resume and cover letter to and Applicants with availability only in the summer semester may apply using the general application form.