Internships at GLD



Do you want to experience being part of a research team and work with questions that promote human welfare globally? We are currently looking for highly motivated, self-driven research, data science, or communications/management interns who are interested in governance and development. Knowledge of Arabic, French, and/or Swedish is an asset. As an intern, you will be an important part of our team and will be given the opportunity to obtain practical experience in working with a research project within academia.


Benefits of GLD Internship

  • Gain valuable work experience in a research environment
  • Learn new skills
  • Apply knowledge from academic studies to real-world situations
  • Enhance your employability



Research Track

Tasks vary in terms of project needs. Current tasks include: writing background reports and internal memorandums, drafting literature reviews, and dissemination.


Your skills

  • Great organizational skills
  • Good command of English (both written and verbally)
  • Demonstrable interest in governance/development issues
  • Ability to multitask


Data Science Track

Current tasks include: quality control checks, data cleaning, running and managing GLD survey data, and other data sources. Other assignments include data coding, assisting various research projects with modeling, analysis and diagnostics, creating figures of research results for reports, articles, and other publications.


Your Skills:

  • Knowledge of quantitative methodologies and analysis
  • Skills in data processing
  • Demonstrated knowledge of R
  • Experience in curating diverse datasets and designing visualization of data is an asset


Communications/Management Track

Current tasks include: project scheduling, office management, event organization, procurement, proposal submissions, and communication-related activities, including, social media, newsletters, blog and podcast research, and translations.


Your skills

  • Great organizational skills
  • Social media strategy and execution 
  • Good command of English (both written and verbally)
  • Ability to multitask
  • Knowledge of Swedish is an asset




In order to apply, you must be a student currently enrolled in a bachelor's or a master’s program that offers the opportunity to do an internship or enrolled with the Swedish unemployment agency with at least a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Gender Studies, Global Studies, Social Sciences, Economics, Statistics, IT, or a related field.

To apply, please send your CV, writing sample, and a cover letter describing which track you are applying for and why you want to do an internship at GLD to If you have any questions, please contact us via email. We ask that you submit all documents in English.

The final application date for fall internships is April 20. The final application date for spring internships is November 1. You will be notified if you are selected for an interview. All decisions are made at the discretion of the program coordination team and are final. As this is an unpaid internship, final decisions cannot be appealed.

PLEASE NOTE – due to Covid-19 restrictions, all work will be done remotely until at least August 2021. However, you will still have the opportunity to work extensively with a wide array of researchers around the globe. Our research is still ongoing, and we look forward to your contributions to the team.

All decisions are made at the discretion of the programme coordination team and are final. As this is an unpaid internship, final decisions cannot be appealed.



"When I initially applied for the internship at GLD, I think I was looking for industry connections, practical experience, and maybe a reference. While I did get all of that, I also got very much more besides. The people, but especially the women in charge at GLD, inspired me. Ellen Lust truly is the closest I've ever seen anyone come to the archetypal 'fearless leader,' Dalila Sabanic is an unending font of kindness and patience, Kristen Kao is a veritable force of nature, and Erica Metheney never met a problem she couldn't solve. The women at GLD are fearless, kind, and clever, but perhaps more importantly, they lead by example. At 25, you think you're beyond needing positive female role models, but you're not (I certainly wasn't), and GLD has them in spades."

“Overall the internship was a great experience and I believe it will contribute much to my future career. In a broader perspective, the research is important for policymakers and development specialists to find out how people access public goods in order to secure effective implementation of, for example, policies or foreign aid projects. I am very happy to have contributed to creating and disseminating that knowledge.”

“Future interns should expect a high pace at GLD and the expectation of your work is that it should always be of good quality. The program management makes sure that the internship is a two-way deal, and that the interns are getting the kinds of experience/knowledge that they are here for.” 

“It is truly a great team that I’ve got to work with. The team is hardworking, ambitious, and professional and at the same time there is always an easygoing atmosphere at GLD.”

“The internship has been an exciting time that has provided me with great insights into a research program that is expanding continuously and it has given me valuable experience in the area of governance and local development and quantitative research in general.”