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2018 Psychometrics Summer Intern | Policy Research Internship

2018 Psychometrics Intern Posting
Duration

Eight weeks (June 4–July 27, 2018). Internships can be somewhat flexible but require prior clearance from the College Board before the internship begins.

Positions2
Location

College Board in Yardley, Pa.

Compensation

$26 per hour; 40 hours per week for 8 weeks

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

Interns are required to secure their own housing and are reimbursed up to $1,200 per month.

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] Investigation of equating anchor item characteristics on equating error and scale stability

There are several different test designs that can be employed in the context of common item equating. For example, the anchor items may be internal or external to the examinee test score, may come from a single prior test administration or multiple prior test administrations, or may represent the entire range of test specifications or a selected subset. The proposed study will focus on an equating design where the equating items are administered in a matrix fashion such that any individual examinee receives only a small number of external equating items, but when aggregated over many examinees, the equating link consists of a large number of items. The primary question of the research study is to determine how large the equating link needs to be in order to produce stable equating results. Additional factors the study will explore are: impact of the placement of equating items, impact of non-equivalence of examinees taking different test spirals, and impact of non-representativeness of the equating link.

Skills Required: Knowledge of Equating; knowledge of Item Response Theory; strong programming skills in SAS, C++,  C , or R.

[B] Comparison of multi-stage adaptive and conventional testing for the SAT Assessment

The SAT test includes a variety of scores that are reported to students, colleges and educators. In addition to an overall score and section scores in Mathematics and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, there are also test scores in Mathematics, Reading, and Writing and Language, as well as two cross-test scores measuring Analysis in History/Social Science and Science, which draw upon items from each of the three SAT tests. Finally, there are seven subscores reported that are based on subsets of items from the Mathematics, Reading, and the Writing and Language tests.

Although multi-stage adaptive testing is well-researched in the literature through IRT-based simulations, applications are generally focused on discrete tests rather than an assessment that combines scores across tests in a variety of ways.

This research will utilize IRT methodology to simulate multi-stage computer adaptive testing (caMST) for the SAT, and will compare the resulting psychometric characteristics of total scores, section scores, cross-test scores, and subscores with the psychometric characteristics of those scores based on simulated conventional (paper-based) SAT tests. The simulations will be run using a proprietary program developed by College Board specifically for the SAT program. IRT item parameter estimates and appropriate scoring specifications for the items to be used in the simulations will be made available from a related research project examining the use of automated test assembly for the SAT.  Results will provide useful information about the efficacy of caMST as digital testing methodology for the SAT.

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 [email protected]. Further, name your attachment as Last_First_CB_Internship.pdf (e.g.: Smith_Clara_CB_Internship.pdf, or Brown_Marcus_CB_Internship.pdf).

Deadline

Applications are due February 1, 2018, at 9 a.m. EST.

Decisions

Selection decisions will be emailed to potential interns on or about March 8, 2018.

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.