Lu Sevier is one of approximately 20 summer fellows and 120 students at AidData. She has trained and managed a team of 13 research assistants and interns who have geocoded 1,035 World Bank projects and around 4,500 projects in Afghanistan, Rwanda, Burundi, Colombia and Somalia for the Hewlett Foundation, the Department of Defense and the African Development Bank.
"AidData has been more than an internship; it has challenged me to innovate, make data-driven decisions, fall forward in times of failure and make my own luck. I have had the privilege to conduct research with faculty members, present to senior leaders in the U.S. government, provide data and maps to first responders after the Nepal earthquake, and work with partners in the Philippines to better prepare for natural disasters. It’s rare to find a workplace that invests so much time, energy and trust in its undergraduates. It has defined my experience at William & Mary.”