The mission of the NAEP doctoral student internship program is to advance and
encourage secondary analysis and methodological developments using data from
the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). During the 10-week
internship program, interns will work directly with researchers from the
National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and American Institutes for
Research (AIR) on research in one of four topic areas: Psychometrics &
Statistical Methods, Process Data, Policy-Relevant Research, and
Re-envisioning Quantitative Information (Data Visualization).
Meet the NAEP Doctoral Student Internship Alumni
Click below to read more about each internship topic area:
Current Doctoral student in educational measurement, statistics, information
sciences, sociology, psychology, economics, computer science, or related
Two years of coursework in a Ph.D. program or a Master’s degree completed in
a relevant field.
- Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
Experience with applying advanced statistical and/or psychometric methods
Sophisticated experience with statistical software packages such as Stata,
R, or Mplus.
- Knowledge of Item Response Theory and/or sampling theory.
Experience analyzing data from large-scale surveys and assessment data with
complex sampling design is a plus.
For Data Visualization applicants, advanced experience with statistical
software such as, but not limited to D3.js, Nivo, Python, R, React-Vis,
Consider substituting the following qualifications to address the varied
software skills requirements:
For applicants to the Policy, Process Data, and Psychometrics topic
areas, demonstrable advanced experience with statistical software such
as, but not limited to, Mplus, Python, R, and Stata.
For applicants to the Re-envisioning Quantitative Information topic
area, demonstrable advanced experience with statistical software such
as, but not limited to, D3.js, Nivo, Python, R, React-Vis, Shiny, and
Additional application requirements
A cover letter to express applicant’s interest and qualifications for a
primary and secondary area.
A transcript (unofficial copy), writing sample as first author, and a letter
of recommendation may be requested at a later date.
Candidates should expect to demonstrate their stated coding and analytical
skills during the selection process.
The Doctoral Student Interns will contribute to the development of statistical
methods and substantive knowledge about education that inform the discussion,
debate, and planning of decision-makers at national, state, and local levels
who are contracted with the National Center for Education Statistics. The goal
of the internship program is to advance and encourage secondary analysis and
methodological developments using data from NAEP.
Specific research topics and project assignments in a primary and secondary
area will be based on a consideration of applicants’ skills and interests, and
NCES’s priorities. Example opportunities include presentations to the NCES
client and proposal submissions to research conferences.
- 10 weeks starting June 1, 2021
Considering the uncertainty of COVID-19, the NAEP Doctoral Student
Internship Program will be virtual to ensure the safety of our interns and
staff. That means that interns will be working from their remote locations
and will receive an AIR issued laptop to complete project work.
- Paid Internship (Up to $12,000 for 10 weeks)
- Deadline: Extended to December 31, 2020
- Notification date: late-January 2021
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