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Psychometric Internship | Policy Research Internship

Psychometric Internship Posting
Duration

Eight weeks (June 6–July 29, 2016) Internships can be somewhat flexible but require prior clearance from the College Board before the internship begins.

Positions2
LocationCollege Board in Newtown, PA
Compensation$8,320
Travel

Interns are responsible for their own travel to and from the College Board. Any travel required as part of the internship will be paid for by the College Board.

Housing

$1,200 per month housing stipend. Interns are encouraged to secure their own housing, or may opt to stay at the Homewood Suites. If choosing to stay at Homewood Suites interns will need to pay approximately an additional $1,800 a month. However, Homewood Suites provides all amenities associated with long-term residency including breakfast and dinner Monday – Thursday, and Internet access.

Requirements

Students must be eligible to be legally employed in the United States (citizens, green card holders, or international student with F1 visas; for international students please see below).

Projects

Interns will work with two College Board mentors on a specific project in the area of psychometrics. Possible topics include:

[A] Item parameter investigation in computer adaptive environment

The psychometrics team is interested in exploring methods to improve item parameter estimation in a computer adaptive test (CAT) environment. The research is focused on using the three-parameter logistic Item Response Theory (IRT) model to calibrate data that is sparsely distributed. We would like to focus the research on improving the accuracy of the item parameter estimates by fixing the theta distribution, or reduce the steps required to perform item calibrations or item pre-equating. These could include investigating the use of fixed item parameter calibration, automating item fit flagging, and fixed theta distribution calibration. The psychometric team will work with the successful candidate to refine the scope of the research study. The successful candidate should have experience doing research with IRT simulations and have completed at least one IRT class. Practical experience running IRT calibrations is preferred and familiarity with FlexMIRT is a plus. Candidates who have completed the first two years of their graduate program are preferred.

[B] Comparing the method of estimating reliability of scale scores under various scale transformations

Raw test scores are difficult to interpret as they lack a reference scale to interpret examinee’s performances (Kolen &Lee, 2011). Developers of large-scale assessments, thus usually transform raw scores to various reported scale scores to facilitate the interpretations and uses of the test scores. When raw scores are linearly transformed, the reliability of the scale scores would be the same as the raw scores. However, raw scores are often non-linearly transformed in large-scale assessments. Non-linear transformations of raw scores affect both the reliability and standard error of measurement.

Various procedures have been developed for estimating reliability and conditional standard errors of measurement of scale scores resulting from a nonlinear transformation for a single test administration. The purpose of this project is to compare the resulting standard errors and reliability estimates from three types of methods, the true score theory based (binomial, compound binomial and IRT models), generalizability-theory based, and classic test theory based generalized alpha, under linear, nonlinear and normalized (e.g., percentile rank scale scores) transformations.

Candidates will be expected to have a background in Classical Test Theory and Item Response Theory, and SAS programing. The successful candidate for this internship should have research experience and a strong background in methodology.

Application

Please send a letter of introduction (including previous experience and areas of interest), curriculum vitae and unofficial university transcript (in this order) as a single PDF file to r&dinternship@collegeboard.org. Further, name your attachment as Last_First_CB_Internship.pdf (e.x.: Smith_Clara_CB_Internship.pdf, or Brown_Marcus_CB_Internship.pdf).

Deadline

Applications are due February 1, 2016, at 9 a.m. EST.

Decisions

Selection decisions will be emailed to potential interns on or about April 1, 2016.

Description

This eight-week internship is designed to provide interns with an insight into College Board research operations in psychometrics. Interns will have the opportunity to work closely with psychometricians and gain hands-on working experience with College Board data and projects. Interns are expected to perform a literature review, conduct analysis, write a research report, and present the research to College Board staff at the conclusion of the project.

For International Students

International students who are studying at an accredited university under F1 visas are eligible to apply for the summer internship under Curricular Practical Training (CPT) stipulations. Please note that only two internship positions can be offered. International students should not apply for CPT unless accepted as a summer intern.

Upon acceptance to the summer internship, we urge students to contact their respective international advisers at their host university as soon as possible to apply for a practical training certificate, which permits F1 visa holders to receive compensation from the College Board for the work they will be completing over the summer. The process to clear a student for CPT may take six weeks or longer. Therefore we urge students to initiate the process as soon as possible. Additionally, all international students must have a social security number in order to receive compensation.

 


Policy Research Internship Posting
Duration

The internship is for the Summer of 2016. Exact start/end dates can be somewhat flexible but require prior clearance from the College Board before the internship begins.

Positions1
LocationWashington, D.C.
CompensationCompetitive hourly wage and possibility of housing stipend.
HoursApproximately 40 hours per week.
Travel

Interns are responsible for their own travel to and from the College Board. Any travel required as part of the internship will be paid for by the College Board.

Requirements

Enrolled in a social sciences or education Ph.D. program with a focus in quantitative research in education policy. Motivated and experienced undergraduates and masters -level students will be considered. Students must be eligible to be legally employed in the United States (citizens, green card holders, or international students with F1 visas; international students, please see below).

Description

Do you want to do research with some of the best education data in the world? The intern will work with the policy research team, have the opportunity to work closely with internal researchers (economists, sociologists, psychologists, and public policy and education experts), and gain hands-on working experience with College Board data and projects.

Policy Research projects are typically pursued with an eye toward eventual publication in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals and, as such, frequently incorporate experimental and quasi-experimental methodological approaches. While the strongest candidates will have a background in econometrics and statistics, support is needed for all stages of projects, including literature reviews, data preparation and analysis, writing, creating output and presentations, etc. Projects focus on helping students access the academic opportunities they have earned and helping postsecondary institutions engage in thoughtful outreach, admission, financial aid, and retention activities.

An experienced and independent candidate will have the opportunity to develop their own research questions and work with College Board data to answer them.

Deadline

Applications are on a rolling basis.

International students who are studying at an accredited university under F1 visas are eligible to apply for the internship under Curricular Practical Training (CPT) stipulations. Please note that only one internship position can be offered. International students should not apply for CPT unless accepted as an intern.

For International Students

Upon acceptance to the internship, we urge students to contact their respective international advisers at their host university as soon as possible to apply for a practical training certificate, which permits F1 visa holders to receive compensation from the College Board for the work they will be completing. The process to clear a student for CPT may take six weeks or longer. Therefore we urge students to initiate the process as soon as possible. Additionally, all international students must have a social security number in order to receive compensation.