Center for Universal Education Summer Internship

Summer 2018, Research Internship, Center for Universal Education

Posted Date 4 weeks ago(1/11/2018 11:46 AM)
Global Economy and Development
Unpaid/Academic Credit


This academic credit internship, beginning in June 2018, is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their sophomore, junior or senior year, recent college graduates and graduate students, with an interest in educational assessment, to apply principles and theory, learned in the classroom, in a professional environment.


This unpaid internship provides a pre-professional learning experience that offers meaningful, practical work experience related to the student’s field of study or career interest. It will provide an opportunity for career exploration and development as well as a chance to learn new skills. This is a 40 hour per week internship, during regular business hours, with some flexibility around an academic course schedule, if needed. The internship will last approximately 10 weeks.


Learning Objectives


The intern will support the Optimizing Assessment for All project. Students with assist with research and administrative assistance for research associated with educational psychology, assessment, and task analysis, within the Brookings Center for Universal Education. Assistance may include but is not limited to: sourcing published and unpublished assessment tools used to measure student functioning across a range of skills; assisting in literature reviews regarding developmental and learning progressions of 21st century skills; task analysis of 21st century assessments; reviewing and organizing relevant research, data, and documents from various sources including electronic databases, libraries, interviews and focus groups, and government documents; drafting papers on project-related work for a variety of audiences; participating in relevant meetings and briefings; assisting with events and private discussions, presentations, and report launches, including preparing presentations and talking points.


Interns will have the opportunity to attend internal meetings, local think tank events, professional development workshops, and public Brookings events as well as participate on Brookings sports teams and network with other interns throughout the Institution.






Applicants must be graduate or undergraduate students (who have completed their freshman year) working toward a degree in a relevant field (i.e. education, educational psychology, assessment, special education, or related field) with strong knowlege of task analysis) or recent college graduates.A strong interest in global education and development; demonstrated research experience and familiarity with qualitative research methods, including qualitative data analysis software such as NVivo is preferred.


Candidates should have solid interpersonal and organizational skills and the ability to pay close attention to detail. Our most successful interns have: knowledge of, and experience with, teaching, educational psychology, task analysis, learning progressions, measurement; experience in conducting literature searches and review, including reference management software such as EndNote. Strong written and verbal communication skills as well as the ability to multi-task and meet multiple deadlines in a timely manner is helpful.


Additional Information:


Successful completion of a background investigation is required for interning at Brookings.


Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please submit your resume as instructed and add your cover letter as an attachment when you apply. Your cover letter should highlight your educational experienc e and skills, along with an explanation of how this internship will contribute to your professional goals.


Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.

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