Short-Term Opportunities

At AidData, we pride ourselves on having a diverse and amazing team. This is especially important when working across three anchor institutions and a growing list of interdisciplinary partners. If you are interested in joining us, check out our current short-term openings below.

Internships

Student Symposium Summer 2014

Want to test-drive a career in development, learn new skills in data management or gain experience supporting policy-relevant research? You should think about becoming an AidData intern at our Washington, DC or Williamsburg, VA offices. 

Students play a hands-on role contributing to all of AidData’s research and operations. Our interns gain transferable skills in a variety of areas and have gone on to jobs in think tanks, NGOs and donor agencies. Some of our best interns have become full-time AidData staff. 

In summer 2015, we hope to hire about 100 AidData interns in the following 6 areas: 

1. Activity coding and geocoding4. Summer fellows operations
2. Non-DAC aid5. Survey practice
3. Policy and communications6. Tracking under-reported financial flows

 

 

Activity Coding Internship

AidData is dedicated to collecting project-level data from as many donors and donor agencies as possible, including multilateral and non-DAC bilateral donors, to provide the most complete picture possible of development finance flows and activities. As part of the effort, the CRS/Activity coding team codes and classifies international development aid activities according to the AidData coding scheme based on OECD CRS coding methodology. This summer we are looking for interns who have high personal motivation, self-management, and detail-orientation; and can make progress without direct supervision and could possibly continue to work for us after the internship.

Application found here.  The application is due by 5pm EST on March 27, 2015. Please email Mandy Badamkhand (mbadamkhand@aiddata.org) with any questions about your application.

 

AidData Geocoding Internship

The geocoding team at AidData is accepting applications for an internship during the summer of 2015, located in Williamsburg, VA.  Geocoding interns work on a variety of ongoing grants and contracts with aid donors such as USAID, the World Bank, and Asian Development Bank to track development finance to the project level.

All internships are unpaid for 120 hours of the summer term, after which interns are eligible for a paid RA position. Housing will be provided from the start of their internship.

Critical Qualities:

  • Must be an undergraduate student at the time of application (seniors who have graduated in Spring 2015 are eligible to apply).
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above at the time of application.
  • Must be independent, intrinsically motivated, and hardworking
  • Demonstrated interest in issues of international development and aid effectiveness a plus
  • Prior experience data management, data analysis, and/or computer science a plus

The application may be found here. All interested applicants must submit a CV/resume and cover letter with their completed application to Troy Shepley (tshepley@aiddata.org) by 5pm on March 30, 2015. Please email tshepley@aiddata.org or lharrison@aiddata.org with any questions or concerns regarding your application.

 

Non-DAC Aid Internship

The Non-DAC team at AidData is accepting applications for an internship during the summer of 2015, located in Williamsburg, VA. The internship offers an unique opportunity for students to work with data on the foreign aid flows of non-traditional, non-Western, and emerging donors of foreign aid. AidData is one of the few institutions in the world that is engaged in efforts to collect, curate, and analyze such data. Please see the following link for a two-page backgrounder on AidData’s efforts to track the development finance activities of emerging donors: 2-pg backgrounder.

All internships are unpaid for 120 hours of the summer term, after which interns are eligible to receive hourly compensation. Interns are also eligible to receive housing from the start of their internship.

Interns will engage in the following potential activities:

  • Collecting and curating data on non-traditional, non-Western, and emerging donors’ development finance by scraping official government repositories of such data.

  • Drafting blog posts or briefs that analyze such data.

  • Generating visualizations that display such data in a salient and relevant manner.

  • Researching the history, trends, and patterns of emerging donors’ development finance.  

Applicants must meet the following requirements in order to be considered for an internship:

  • Must be an undergraduate student at the time of application (seniors who have graduated in Spring 2015 are eligible to apply).

  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above at the time of application.

  • Must be intrinsically motivated, hardworking, and interested in issues relating to international development finance, especially relating to multilateral organizations and non-traditional, non-Western, and emerging donors.

  • Must have previous experience with data collection and/or data analysis.

  • Preferred: Proficiency in any language other than English (especially: French, Portuguese, Spanish).

The application may be found here.

Please note that all interested applicants must also submit a CV/resume and cover letter to Harsh Desai (hdesai@aiddata.org) by 5pm on March 30, 2015 in order to be considered. Please email hdesai@aidata.org with any questions or concerns regarding your application.

 

Policy & Communications Internship

Are you interested in contributing to AidData’s Policy and Communications initiatives by writing blogposts, monitoring key legislation and news coverage, assisting with social media updates, preparing briefing documents, producing original graphic design and multimedia, planning newsletter campaigns, and planning events and VIP visits? If so, AidData’s Policy and Communications team encourages you to apply for our paid summer internship to conduct policy-relevant research on the distribution and impact of development finance. We also work with our interns to scope out a couple of larger projects that interest them over the course of the summer.

We welcome applicants from all majors and all levels of experience, especially those with backgrounds in government, international relations, public policy, and marketing. Interns working on this rapidly-growing team will have ample opportunity to advance to writing, policy analysis and outreach, graphic design, and social media skills.

We will contact successful applicants to schedule interviews on a rolling basis beginning Friday, March 27.

Apply online here. Questions? Email Katie Paulson-Smith at kpaulson-smith@aiddata.org.

 

Summer Fellows Operations Intern

The AidData operations team is looking for a mature, driven undergraduate student to support AidData's in-country capacity building work. The Summer Fellows Operations Intern will provide frontline management support for the AidData Summer Fellows (ASF) program, a 10-week field placement to promote open data use and impact in civil society organizations, donor offices, universities and think tanks in Uganda, Nepal, and the Philippines. The intern will also conduct research on the use of open development data by developing country policy-makers and civil society organizations and will conduct network analysis of civil society organizations in AidData partner countries. The intern will work closely with AidData operations staff to meet the needs of fellows and partner organizations in-country, manage logistics, mitigate challenges and risks, ensure coordination other AidData teams, capture lessons-learned and best practices, and support the growth and sustainability of AidData's in-country capacity building efforts.  

Availability during the full William & Mary summer session (June 1- August 7) is required, though availability beginning May 25-August 7 is preferred. This paid internship is based at the AidData home office at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. Housing will be provided. To apply, please submit a resume to Alena Stern and Lauren Harrison (summerfellows@aiddata.org) by Thursday, March 26. Interviews will be announced on March 27 and conducted on March 30 and 31.

Tasks include:

  • Working closely with ASF managers to support ASF-related correspondence, responding directly to the needs of ASFs in the field and ensuring questions are directed to appropriate AidData staff
  • Tracking ASF deliverables including blog posts, new datasets, research and policy analysis products, and progress reports
  • Coordinating regular meetings with host organization staff and ASFs  
  • Capturing best practices and lessons learned from 2015 ASF program to support ASF program growth and development
  • Conducting research on the use of open development data by policy-makers and civil society organizations and the impact of informational inputs on decision-making processes
  • Conducting a network analysis of civil society organizations in AidData partner countries
  • Supporting engagement with university partners in Nepal and Uganda to facilitate local student participation in ASF training activities and events
  • Assisting in business development tasks to support the continuation of the ASF program
  • Supporting in-country outreach, innovation, and capacity building events (eg. hackathon event in Uganda)

Required Qualifications:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven ability to undertake diverse assignments with minimal supervision and resolve competing demands
  • 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
  • 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

 

Survey Practice Internship

Do you want to help improve the ability of development partners to evaluate their policy impact? Do you think that there should be greater attentiveness and responsiveness to the experiences and priorities of in-country decision-makers and stakeholders? If the answer to these questions is "yes," AidData's Survey Practice Internship is for you! In summer 2015, our team will support the curation of AidData's sampling frame of more than 40,000 development policymakers and practitioners in 126 low and lower-middle income countries.

We welcome applicants from all majors and all levels of experience, with a particular emphasis on government, international relations, public policy, and modern languages (Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, French). Interns working on this rapidly-growing project will have ample opportunity to advance to writing and analytical tasks and project management in future semesters. For more information about this project, check out a recent AidData blog post here. Interns will be eligible for pay following successful completion of training.

We will contact successful applicants to schedule interviews on a rolling basis beginning Friday, March 27. The final application deadline is Friday, April 3 at 5pm, though we will begin making offers on Friday, March 27. Early applicants are more likely to secure a free place in W&M’s summer housing.

Apply online here. Questions? Email Rebecca Latourell at rlatourell@aiddata.org.

 

Tracking Under-Reported Financial Flows (TUFF) Internship

The Tracking Underreported Financial Flows (TUFF) project at AidData is looking for interns with Spanish and/or Chinese language skills for summer 2015. The TUFF team has created the most comprehensive database of Chinese aid to Africa publicly available. Our work has been covered by major media outlets like the Economist, the Guardian, BBC China, China Daily, Xinhua, Al-Jazeera and the Washington Post. Interns will be trained in an innovative open-source data collection methodology to research foreign aid flows China to South America and Africa, with the possibility of a free summer housing and a paid position following training.

Interested students should email their resume to Charles Perla (cperla@aiddata.org) by 5pm on Friday, March 27.