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 Fall 2022 (September through December). 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.
Postsecondary Policy Intern, Lumina Foundation Displaced Workers Project
The Lumina Displaced Workers Grant (LUM-DWG) is an 18 months mixed-methods research project funded by the Lumina Foundation. Research for Action is exploring a purposive sample of states with robust pandemic-response policies to engage displaced workers and adult learners.
The project is looking for an intern with experience conducting literature reviews, collecting publicly available data, and finding, interpreting, and summarizing policy-related documents. Experience writing and copywriting communications to diverse stakeholders, including grantmakers, is preferred but not required.
View the job description and apply at the link below.
Graphic Design 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 September through December (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.
Intern for a Quasi-Experimental Evaluation of an Arts Education Program
RFA is the external evaluator of an arts education program called “makeSPACE” that is being implemented in 12 School District of Philadelphia middle schools over the course of three years (2022-25). MakeSPACE provides arts integration professional development for core content area (math, English, science, and social studies) 7th and 8th grade teachers. This project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education via an early-phase Education, Innovation, and Research (EIR) grant. The project is looking for an intern with an interest in quantitative education research and experimental design to help the RFA team complete a rigorous evaluation of the impact of makeSPACE. The intern will receive on-the-job training in order to support with data analysis, data cleaning, data collection, and research tool development. The intern may also contribute to literature reviews and research design plans. At least 25% of the internship work will be adjusted to cater to the experience, interests, and goals of the intern selected. The intern will have the opportunity to learn and work alongside a mixed-methods team of experienced researchers and to advance their quantitative skills using Stata. Experience working with Stata or a similar statistical software is preferred but not required. Please click here to learn more.
Intern for an Out-of-School Time Coordination Study
The Wallace Foundation has funded Research for Action (RFA), in collaboration with McClanahan Associates, Inc. (MAI), Dr. Carolyn Barnes of Duke University, and Dr. Brian Christens of Vanderbilt University to study how city level OST coordination (for example, coordinated professional development, quality standard, a common data system) can contribute to community, family, and youth resilience moving forward from the pandemic into the future. The study will answer timely questions to produce field-building research that can inform local and state policymakers, as well as private funders as they determine the best ways to support cities’ COVID recovery. The project is looking for an intern enrolled in a Master’s degree or Doctoral program with an interest in learning about or expanding their expertise in qualitative research methods. Experience conducting interviews and focus groups, coding qualitative data and analyzing data is preferred but not required.
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Intern on a Study of Educational Outcomes of Boys and Girls Club Members
RFA is partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) to understand whether BGCA programming helps to support student success and improve educational outcomes for participants. Employing descriptive and quasi-experimental designs, we will evaluate program impact by examining the patterns in educational outcomes for BGCA participants compared to similar non-participants in the same state. Additionally, we will examine for whom programming matters most, analyze impacts by student race/ethnicity, gender, and grade-level. Over the next year, we anticipate conducting this research across more than 10 states. The project is looking for an intern to clean and analyze program participation, survey, and educational data. The intern will also support report production. Duties include data cleaning, merging, and analysis using the statistical software, Stata, as well as drafting and revising reports. Training in Stata is provided.
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