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Summer Internship

Eight weeks (July 1–Aug. 26, 2014) (Internship can be somewhat flexible, but requires prior clearance from the College Board before the internship begins.)

Positions 2
Location College Board in Newtown, PA
Compensation $8,320
Travel Interns are responsible for their own travel to and from the College Board.

$1,200 per month housing stipend. Interns are encouraged to secure their own housing, or may opt to stay at the Homewood Suites (within walking distance from the College Board). If choosing to stay at Homewood Suites interns will need to pay approximately an additional $1,200 a month. However, Homewood Suites provides all amenities associated with long-term residency including Internet, breakfast and dinner.


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).


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

[A] Estimating vertical scale drift due to repetitious horizontal equating

When vertical scales are established, specific attributes of the scale, given the target population, are achieved by preserving desired measurement properties. As new forms are being introduced, the primary concern becomes the maintenance of the base scale over time. This may be achieved by equating new forms to prior ones and reporting final scale scores that are linked to the base scale (which was originally vertically scaled). The project will investigate both how to best quantify the drift in vertical scale attributes as well as what the relative impact and magnitude of the drift is when new forms are added periodically to the equating design without concrete built-in alignment to the vertical scale.

[B] Incorporating Principled Assessment Frameworks in Standard Setting

The purpose of the planned research is to investigate the utility of incorporating the infrastructure of principled assessment frameworks (such as AE and ECD) in the practice of setting cut scores for high stakes examinations. In particular, construct maps (Wyse, 2014; Wilson, 2005) are tools that offer a way to visually represent the evidence required to demonstrate varying levels of proficiency with the knowledge and skills deemed important with direct reference to the intended score scale. There is a great deal of interest in determining how the practice of incorporating construct maps can add value to the traditional standard setting processes for tests at the College Board.


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).


Applications are due Feb. 14, 2014, at 5 p.m. EST.


Selection decisions will be e-mailed to potential interns on March 14th, 2014.


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.

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.