Internship Programme

Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) represents a novel approach to measuring democracy. It is based on collaboration among leading scholars across the world and has two institutional homes: the V-Dem Institute at University of Gothenburg in Sweden and University of Notre Dame in the US. V-Dem differs from previous datasets by distinguishing among different principles of democracy (as discussed) and offering about 350 unique democracy indicators. These cover 173 countries, measured annually from 1900 to the present. Our approach is also unique in that most of the data is coded by country experts - some 2500 of them based in 170 countries. The aim is to measure democracy data with global standards based on local knowledge.

On January 4th, 2016 we released our first complete dataset, with more than 15 million (coder-level) data points. The data release marked a milestone for the study of democracy in the world. It is the largest database on democracy of its kind, enabling what we anticipate will be a vast research agenda. V-Dem’s multidimensional and disaggregated approach acknowledges the complexity of the concept of democracy. This allows for a highly detailed and nuanced analysis of democracy in a single country while also allowing for summary comparisons between countries.  

Winter-Spring 2017


We are currently looking for interns with a start date on March 20th for duration of 10 or 20 weeks.

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.


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.