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Research Assistant Intern - Professional Services Division

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Research Assistant Intern - Professional Services

Project Description: Intern will work with the Professional Services team of the Smithsonian Science Education Center to support the data collection and the evaluation of two DEAI leadership development projects, "STEM Education Summit: Building a Coalition for Attracting and Retaining a Diverse STEM Teaching Workforce" and "Zero Barriers in STEM Education." Learning objectives include:


  • Gaining an understanding of the field of diversity and inclusion in the K-12 STEM education.
  • Gaining an understanding of evaluation and research procedures and analysis methods in the field of science education.
  • Assisting the development/revision of survey instruments.
  • Assisting data collection for human subject research and program evaluation. This task may include communication with participants and working on an online platform.
  • Cleaning and organizing data in spreadsheets.
  • Conducting quantitative and qualitative data analysis under the supervision of a SSEC staff member. This task may include descriptive statistics, t-test, thematic coding, and case studies.
  • Supporting literature reviews about diversity and inclusion.
  • Writing final reports with the findings from the analysis.


Candidates should have strong analytical skills on educational data, experience/interest in diversity and inclusion in science education, and the ability to work with various data sets, to write technical reports clearly, and to adhere to deadlines. Preferred candidates are a current graduate student in education or science field, and/or who has taken at least one quantitative research method course in undergraduate/graduate school. Experience with the SPSS or a similar software is a plus. 


The intern will be mentored directly by a senior research scientist and will receive feedback and guidance on their work.


This will be a virtual internship that will last for ten weeks at a flexible start time between June-August 2024. Hours: 40 hours per week. The internship will be virtual. We accept interns at the graduate level. We encourage both US-based and international candidates to apply. Stipends may be available.