Paid Internship Opportunity with the WomanStats Project


The School of Politics and International Relations is delighted to offer an internship opportunity within the School assisting Dr Andrea Den Boer in her role as Co-PI of the WomanStats Project:

WomanStats ( is the largest database (with 350 variables for 175 countries) on the situation of women worldwide. One of the primary goals of WomanStats is to develop innovative indices and measures to describe the situation and status of women, which will allow for empirical analysis, assessment, monitoring, and evaluation activities.

The successful intern will collect cross-national data (laws/policies and their implementation) regarding violence against women, under the direction of Dr den Boer. The candidate must have good internet search skills and be able to use an excel spreadsheet. The successful intern will ideally be an undergraduate student in the School of Politics and International Relations (or the Faculty of Social Sciences). They will also have an understanding and interest in gender issues in society and politics, although this is desired rather than essential.

The ‘WomanStats’ data Collection Intern will:

  • Gather data from surveys, state legislation, policy websites, NGOs, academic research and other sources
  • Create and maintain datasets
  • Assist with descriptive analysis of data
  • Work as part of a team to code qualitative data
  • Meet with Dr. den Boer on a weekly basis to discuss challenges and findings and work together on coding

The ‘WomanStats’ Intern should:

  • Be an undergraduate student at the University of Kent in Politics and International Relations, SSPSSR, KBS, or KLS (i.e. Schools associated with the Q-Step Centre)
  • Be able to work over the Autumn and Spring terms during term time
  • Have a strong academic and attendance record—preference will be given to students with a grade average of 60% and above
  • Have experience/skills in using Microsoft Excel or similar packages
  • Be detail oriented (e.g. able to follow guidelines in constructing bibliographies according to correct rules)
  • Have the ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Have experience of analysing research (desirable)
  • Have an understanding of gender in politics and society (desirable)

This is a paid internship for up to 8 hours per week, at £8.08/hour. Hours to be agreed between the successful applicant and the Project Lead – work will be undertaken on campus and remotely. This internship is spread across Autumn, Spring and Summer terms and will run for approximately 20 weeks.

To apply:

Interested students should apply by email, sending a CV and covering letter outlining their suitability and how they meet the above criteria to Claire Tanner –  The deadline for all applications is 12pm on Thursday 23nd November.