Do you want to experience being part of a research team and work with questions that promote human welfare globally? Apply for an internship at GLD! Besides learning new skills, you'll gain valuable work experience from a research environment and enhance your employability by getting the chance to put your academic knowledge into practice.

We are currently looking for highly motivated, flexible, and self-driven people interested in governance and development who want to work in a fast-paced research environment. We offer internships in research, data science, and communications/management tracks. 


Research Internship

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

Your Skills

  • Great organizational skills
  • Good command of English (both written and verbally)
  • Demonstrable interest in governance/development issues
  • Ability to multitask
  • Knowledge of Arabic, French, or Swedish is an asset

You Want to

  • Work with academic research
  • Improve your research skills for future studies and work-life
  • Gain experience from working with tools such as Zotero
  • Get greater insight into international research cooperation 

Data Internship

Work with GLD Data! Tasks are assigned on a case-by-case basis based on skillset and team needs. Possible tasks include data collecting, data cleaning, assisting with modelling and analysis, and creating figures and tables for reports, articles, and other publications.

Your Skills:

  • At least an introductory knowledge of quantitative methodology and/or data handling
  • Basic working knowledge of R or Stata
  • Basic knowledge of data visualization

You Want to:

  • Gain experience working with real/raw data
  • Improve your skills in R or Stata
  • Practice performing basic statistical analyses
  • Improve/Practice your data visualization skills
  • Gain additional skills such as: writing reports in LaTeX, making maps in QGIS, or creating dissemination materials in Prezi.

Communications/Management Internship

Current tasks include: project scheduling, office management, event organization, proposal submissions, social media work, newsletter drafting, podcast production, 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 Arabic, French, or Swedish is an asset

You Want to 

  • Learn basic program management skills
  • Practice writing to a specific audience 
  • Combine visual, textual, and strategic elements to convey messages
  • Network with academic and international actors 
  • Turn complex issues into accessible, concrete information 

How to Apply! 

  1. 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.
  2. Send your CV, writing sample, and a cover letter describing which internship 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.
  3. The application for spring internships opens on September 20 and closes on November 24. You will be notified if you are selected for an interview.


PLEASE NOTE – due to Covid-19 restrictions, all work will be done remotely until at least November 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.