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Internships at RFA

Mentorship, practical training, & professional development.

Despite the recent events regarding COVID-19, Research for Action is continuing to provide challenging, high-quality, and meaningful internship experiences for our students. If you’re interested in getting hands on research and admin experience, take a look at our open positions below.

All internships are currently remote.

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21st Century Community Learning Centers Evaluation Quantitative Internship

RFA is the local evaluator for nineteen 21st Century Community Learning Centers. As the local evaluator,RFA produces mixed-methods reports that examine the implementation of the 21st Century programs and outcomes related to student attendance, academic achievement, and behavior. In addition to quantitative evaluation report requirements, RFA conducts observations, interviews, and focus groups to develop snapshots of out of school time (OST) program quality for formative purposes.

RFA is currently seeking a quantitative intern to join our 21C team. Interns on this project will work with the quantitative team to clean and analyze program participation and survey data. Duties data cleaning,
merging, and analysis using the statistical software, Stata, as well as internal analytic memo writing. Training in Stata is provided.

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The quantitative intern will contribute to a federal randomized controlled trial (RCT) through quantitative data collection, cleaning, analysis, and the writing of internal analytic memos. This position is an opportunity to gain content knowledge and practical quantitative analytic skills applied to timely, action oriented education research. The intern’s work on the study will contribute to building a stronger evidence base for best practices in Pre-K instruction. The experience will be a chance to learn firsthand about randomized experiments, study implementation, and early education research. The intern will collaborate on a team of experienced quantitative education researchers

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Research for Action was awarded a United States Department of Education Institute of Educational Sciences (IES) research grant. The five-year study will examine the implementation, impact, and cost effectiveness of AB 705, a California law that requires that community colleges maximize the probability
that a student will enter and complete transfer-level coursework in English and math within a one year time frame and use, in the placement of students into English and math courses, one or more of the following: high school coursework, high school grades, and high school grade point average.

The qualitative project intern will help with the organization and analysis of data on the implementation of curricular reforms across the California community college system. Tasks will include the analysis of spreadsheet and interview data to assist with the classification of institutions based on their scale of implementation of state mandated reforms in community college course placement and academic supports.

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The Spring 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.

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