During the 2020-2021 academic year, the Program Evaluation and Education Research (PEER) Group launched an internship program that hosts three Educational Research and Evaluation interns. This internship is a paid work-study opportunity for undergraduate students to learn new research, evaluation and leadership skills. Interns receive training in educational research and evaluation techniques while contributing to PEER Group projects. This program is strategically aligned with the Friday Institute’s impact area of “cultivating equity in education through equity-mindedness.” Students from historically minoritized communities are encouraged to apply.
Each intern works on a variety of research and evaluation tasks, including:
- identifying and organizing relevant articles for literature reviews
- cleaning data and performing data entry
- building surveys and online reports in Qualtrics
- creating tables and charts
- supporting data collection and/or site visit logistics
- coordinating focus groups
- formatting and copy editing memos, reports and presentations
- supporting the internship website
Interns are selected based on their interest in education and developing research and evaluation skills. No prior experience is required. Hours are flexible, and work schedules must be developed in consultation with the intern supervisor. The average hours per week are fluid, as some weeks interns may work up to 10 hours, and other weeks interns may not work any hours.
Through a Mutually-Beneficial Model, the Friday Institute PEER Group is Making Space for Historically Marginalized Students in Education Research and Evaluation
In 2020, the PEER Group launched an internship program for undergraduate students that allowed student interns to receive training in leadership, educational research and evaluation techniques while contributing to PEER Group projects.
Program Evaluation and Education Research Internships Center Equity
Read this interview the NC State Diversity Digest did with Callie Edwards, associate director of the Program Evaluation and Education Research Group at the Friday Institute.
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