The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has been operating since 2012 under the auspices of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.  It is directed by Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, SDG Advocate, and has offices in New York, Paris, and New Delhi. The Thematic Research Network on Data and Statistics (TReNDS) is a network of experts within SDSN committed to leveraging the data revolution for sustainable development.


The TReNDS C4DC Intern will support the Contracts for Data Collaboration Project (C4DC) project. A joint venture of TReNDS, the World Economic Forum, New York University’s Governance Lab, and University of Washington’s Information Risk Research Initiative, C4DC works to document and understand the ways data sharing agreements (DSAs) are created to support the sustainable development and humanitarian communities. As described in an introductory blog and in our inception brief, the project is assembling an online repository of analyzed DSAs, along with case studies and other user materials. The aim is to enable data sharing within government and across sectors to improve public outcomes while appropriately navigating the privacy concerns and legal sensitivities associated with many data sources.

The intern will support the C4DC Project Manager at TReNDS with locating and analyzing DSAs, as well as helping with related activities.


  • Helping to identify and collect examples of data sharing agreements (DSAs) from around the World.
  • Analyzing agreements according to the C4DC analytical framework.
  • Helping to upload agreements to an online repository.
  • Support TReNDS and C4DC partners with identifying common language and other insights from the agreement repository.
  • Contribute to the drafting of an initial insights report.
  • Possibly assist with organizing a C4DC event gathering.


  • Familiarity with MS Word, MS Excel, and WordPress.
  • Direct experience or familiarity with legal concepts. A current law school student would be preferred.
  • A particular interest in the issues of sustainable development and/or data.
  • Quick thinker, self‐starter, and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently, while collaborating remotely with various stakeholders


Duration: August, 12 2019 – October 4, 2019

Compensation: $18/hour, 20 hours per week, 8 weeks

Location: Some flexibility but must be able to travel once per week to SDSN’s New York Office, 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 530, New York, NY 10115.


To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to Hayden Dahmm at hayden.dahmm@unsdsn.org by July 30, 2019.