Internship Programme

Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) represents a novel approach to measuring democracy. V-Dem differs from previous datasets by distinguishing among different principles of democracy (as discussed) and offering about 450 unique democracy indicators. These cover 202 countries, measured annually from 1789 to the present. Our approach is also unique in that most of the data is coded by country experts - some 3000 of them based in 170 countries. The aim is to measure democracy data with global standards based on local knowledge.

Spring 2020


We are currently looking for interns for a period of 10 weeks: 

20 January - 27 March 2020; 30 March - 5 June 2020

Internship gives opportunities to obtain practical experience in working with a research project within academia in an international environment. Internship tasks will vary in terms of current project’s needs.

The aim of the internship is to give the student the possibility to:

  • Experience how the organization works on a day-to-day basis
  • Independently code V-Dem variables included in the dataset
  • Participate in writing country reports based on the V-Dem data
  • Assist with management of V-Dem dataset
  • Help with outreach and dissemination


We only accept students currently enrolled in programs. We are looking for highly motivated, self-driven interns who are interested in democracy as a research area. Knowledge of statistical programs is an asset. The working language is English. Internship is unpaid but students will receive academic credits. 


To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter to

Please state the preferred duration of internship with desired start and end dates.

If you have any questions, please contact us via email.