Research Associate Intern, American Institutes for Research (Full-time) 2019-05-28T00:27:16+00:00

Job description:


Founded in 1946, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. As a not-for-profit, AIR is committed to empowering communities and institutions with innovative solutions to the most critical education, health, workforce, and international development challenges. With over 1,800 total global employees, AIR is known for conducting rigorous research and informing public policy discussions. AIR’s research uncovers what works and what does not, and helps document the social and economic benefits of governmental and non-governmental investments. Our evaluations enable government agencies and other institutions and stakeholders to make evidence-based decisions about the value and utility of policies and practices that directly and profoundly affect people’s lives. Within education, the organization currently stands as a national leader in teaching and learning improvement, providing the research, assessment, evaluation, and technical assistance to ensure that all students—particularly those who face historical disadvantages—have access to a high-quality, effective education.

AIR anticipates hosting at least two graduate student interns in its Chicago office this summer. The internship period may range from mid-May through the end of August 2019 depending on student availability. The internship is a paid opportunity.


Based on student interests, existing skills, and project needs, each intern will be assigned to contribute to the development and execution of three to four program evaluations, policy studies, or research projects over the course of at least ten weeks during the period specified above. In the past, interns have joined existing research teams and made a valuable contribution by:

  • Assisting in the design and development of evaluations of education programs and improvement initiatives
  • Analyzing quantitative and qualitative research data and contributing to the reporting and interpretation of findings
  • Working collaboratively with colleagues to provide user-oriented research products focused on education related topics, including developing web content.
  • Conducting literature reviews regarding various education topics or research methodologies
  • Creating and piloting quantitative and qualitative data collection instruments
  • Coordinating and conducting data collection activities using a variety of methodologies, such as interviews, surveys, and observations
  • Completing other duties as assigned


  • Demonstrated interest in education policy, child and family policy, and/or program evaluation
  • Demonstrated familiarity with data management
  • Ability to analyze data using descriptive and inferential statistics
  • Experience with or some knowledge of data collection methodologies and techniques such as structured interviews, observations, survey research, and research or policy literature reviews.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • Ability to work with a variety of populations
  • Ability to work independently, and as a member of a team


  • Knowledge of statistical analysis software such as Stata and R
  • Knowledge of qualitative analysis software such as NVivo


To Apply
Please apply online by submitting a résumé and cover letter summarizing your relevant interest, experience, and qualifications to our AIR careers page by 5 PM Central Time, Monday, March 18, 2019. Within your cover letter, please state your availability between May 1, 2019 and August 31, 2019.