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Internships at RFA

Mentorship, practical training, & professional development.

Want to join a dynamic team and add hands-on research or communications experience to your resume? Research for Action has several internships available for summer 2022 (June through August). To apply, please use the link below, indicate which internship you are applying for, and be sure to submit both a cover letter and resume to be considered.

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Internships

Graphic Design and Social Media Intern

RFA is seeking an intern to aid in continuing to build out a newly launched brand for RFA. This position will also participate in the graphic design of research deliverables and templates, including report design and data presentation and visualization, as well as social media campaigns. The ideal candidate is a trained graphic designer with experience in the Adobe Creative Suite, as well as social media experience. The timing of this internship is June through August (beginning and end dates are negotiable). This internship is offered for 15-20 hours per week at $15 per hour. Click here for more information.

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RFA is seeking a summer intern to support research staff on a mixed-methods evaluation of social-emotional curricula taught in elementary and middle schools across Montgomery County (PA). The intern will assist the Principal Investigator with quantitative data analysis and reporting. In addition, the intern will be expected to support research staff in the design of qualitative research activities. The ideal candidate has some experience with Qualtrics, as well as Stata or R. The timing of the internship is June through August (beginning and end dates are negotiable). This internship is offered for 10-15 hours per week at $15 per hour. Click here for more information.

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The Summer 2022 P/ACER Policy Intern will support RFA’s policy-oriented projects grounded in Pennsylvania and Allegheny County. This is a remote position with potential monthly in-person meetings with supervisor and stakeholders in the Philadelphia or Pittsburgh area. The Pennsylvania Clearinghouse for Education Research–or PACER–is designed to inform state education policy discussions through rigorous, objective research; regular policy briefs; and research-based commentaries in leading media outlets statewide. The Allegheny County Education Research (ACER) project provides robust, timely, and actionable independent research and analysis to inform educational policy and practice in Allegheny County public schools. The timing of this internship is June through August (beginning and end dates are negotiable). This internship is offered for 15-20 hours per week at $15 per hour. Click here for more information.

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RFA, with funding and strategic guidance from the Lumina Foundation, is evaluating the successes and challenges of state recipients of the Lumina Foundation’s Talent, Innovation and Equity (TIE) grant. This study is particularly interested in whether and how the TIE grant supports state and institutional efforts to close racial equity gaps for students of color. With an explicit focus on racial/ethnic equity, this project aims to identify emerging best practices, inform Lumina’s grantmaking strategies, and offer recommendations to help other states build their own agenda around racial equity gaps in higher education. A TIE intern would need to have a passion for racial and social justice as well as a strong sense of teamwork and collaboration. The timing of this internship is June through August (beginning and end dates are negotiable). This internship is offered for 15-20 hours per week at $15 per hour. Click here for more information.

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The Gates Higher Education Funding Project (Gates-HEF) is a two-year qualitative research project funded by the Gates Foundation. Research for Action will explore a purposive sample of states with robust outcomes-based funding and enrollment models. In addition, the team will examine how state funding formulas can shift resources to colleges serving historically marginalized students. The project is looking for an intern with experience conducting literature reviews, collecting publicly available data, and finding, interpreting, and summarizing policy and policy-related documents. Experience drafting interview protocols and surveys is preferred but not required. This internship is offered for 15-20 hours per week at $15 per hour. Click here for more information.

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