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NAEP Doctoral Students Internship Program

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 topic areas such as: Psychometrics & Statistical Methods, Process Data, Policy-Relevant Research, and Re-envisioning Quantitative Information (Data Visualization).

Meet the NAEP Doctoral Student Internship Alumni here.

Topic Areas

Click below to read more about each internship topic area:

Qualifications

  • Current doctoral student in educational measurement, statistics, information sciences, sociology, psychology, economics, computer science, information science or related field who have completed two years of coursework in a Ph.D. program or hold a Master’s degree completed in a relevant field.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience with applying advanced statistical and/or psychometric methods
  • 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.
  • 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 Tableau.

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.

Responsibilities

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. The mission of the internship program is to advance and encourage secondary analysis and methodological developments using data from NAEP. Specific research topics and project assignments 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.

Internship Details

  • 10 weeks starting June 1, 2022
  • The NAEP Doctoral Student Internship Program is planning for an in-person program at AIR’s offices in Arlington, VA for all interns. Considering the uncertainty of COVID 19, we will reserve the option to convert to a virtual program if necessary to ensure the safety of our interns and staff. In the event that interns will be working from remote locations, they will receive an AIR issued laptop to complete project work.
  • Paid Internship (Up to $12,000 for 10 weeks)

Application Process

  • Apply online: Here
  • Deadline: Extended to January 10, 2022
  • Notification date: Early February 2022
  • For internship questions email: naepinternship@air.org