Seeking Interns for Summer 2018
Do you have experience using and manipulating spreadsheets and databases, strong writing and organizational skills, an ability to juggle multiple tasks with different timelines, and intellectual curiosity?
Are you interested in early intervention or special education and have knowledge/skills in education or related research fields (e.g., psychology)? Are you interested in learning about how a federal agency makes awards and manages research grants?
The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) is seeking upper-level college students and graduate students to be volunteer (unpaid) summer interns. NCSER is one of the two U.S. Department of Education Research Centers, located within the Institute of Education Sciences, supporting rigorous research to improve the education and development of children with or at risk for disabilities. Summer interns learn about education research activities supported by NCSER and assist in the Center’s ability to communicate this work to practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and other stakeholders. Interns collaborate with multiple staff members on a number of special projects. Start date, work days, and hours are negotiable.
Examples of what previous summer interns have accomplished
Improved the Center’s coding and analysis of research projects (e.g., building and updating databases, cataloging projects by methodological or research foci)
Written summaries of projects and issues for broad audiences
Coordinated social media efforts (e.g., Tweeting, blogging)
Coordinated and attended meetings, briefings, and/or trainings
Examples of what previous summer interns have gained
Learned about research methods and current research in the field
Developed plain-language writing and editing skills
Received a behind-the-scenes look at how grant making and federal agencies work
Learned about alternative career paths for academics
Attended briefings and other events in the U.S. Department of Education and other federal offices
How to apply
You must submit your application through the Department’s general application and specify the Institute of Education Sciences as well as the National Center for Special Education Research.
Send a copy of your resume and cover letter to Amy.Sussman@ed.gov along with information on the dates you would be available for the internship.
The deadline is March 15, 2018