Internships at RFA

Our goal is to bring a challenging, high-quality, and meaningful internship experience to students. Our internship program is designed to enhance students’ research skills and provide valuable, education-related work and research experience that integrates knowledge and theory with practical application.

About the Internship Program

  • RFA hires interns each semester: Spring, Summer, and Fall
  • The openings are posted in November, March, and July
  • Students may be eligible for Work-Study and course credit
  • Interns not receiving Work-Study will be paid a rate of $8.00 per hour
  • Proper work authorization documentation is required to obtain an internship; documentation must be provided before internship can begin

Summer 2020 Internships 

Please see our employment section for more information & to apply.


Why intern with RFA?

  • Work with mission-driven researchers experienced administrators
  • Join an organization that believes in using research to affect meaningful change on an array of education issues and policies and translating research findings to actionable initiatives for multiple audiences
  • Gain exposure to qualitative, quantitative, and policy research methods and how we use them together to contextualize, validate, and translate our findings
  • Contribute to challenging and rewarding projects
  • Develop your content knowledge through literature reviews and conducting fieldwork
  • Practice technical and interpersonal skills that can prepare you to be an independent researcher and a must-have team member
  • Learn from workshops and other professional development opportunities
  • Acquire experience in a professional nonprofit environment

How to apply for the internship?

  • Browse internship opportunities on the RFA Employment page.
  • Submit your resume & cover letter
  • Attend interview
  • Start the internship
  • Learn, grow and enjoy the experience!

RFA Internship Program at a Glance

An intern’s experience will vary based on the project they are working on and likely differ over the course of the semester. But here are some typical tasks an intern might be involved in on a given day:

  • Catch up on emails / communications to learn what has been happening on the project
  • Meet with your mentor / supervisor and project team
  • Participate in project meetings
  • Attend a professional development workshop
  • Perform research tasks like transcribing or coding an interview transcript, entering and cleaning data, conducting analysis, or undertaking a writing task as assigned
  • Add to a growing literature review
  • Participate in qualitative fieldwork; for example, sitting in on an interview or observation
  • Revise and update project memos or reports