Research Assistant Intern - Assessment

American Institutes For Research

Customer Support Internship


The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is one of the leading behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. AIR is a collaborative organization that works with clients to examine a wide range of projects in the areas of education, health, workforce, and international development, among others. AIR prides itself in conducting high-impact, high-stakes projects for federal and state government organizations, foundations, and the private sector. AIR's vision is that research-based problem solving can improve the lives of all people.

We are seeking a Research Assistant Intern to join our Professional Services team for our 2020 Summer Internship program. This position is based in our Crystal City, VA office.

  • Provide support for a variety of projects related to national and international large scale assessments. Examples of studies include: Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMSS) and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS); Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), an international adult literacy assessment and survey, and Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS).
  • Conduct data analysis and reporting of survey results and methodological survey research
  • Support the drafting and review of NCES products such as data documentation, Data Points, and blogs
  • Conduct data quality assurance checks and basic statistical analyses to produce summary statistics
  • Support qualitative research projects with schools, teachers, parents and districts
  • Conduct literature reviews to help support potential assessment items and background surveys
  • Currently seeking a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in such fields as economics, psychology, sociology, statistics, computer science, public policy, or other social science related fields.
  • Basic understanding of/exposure to statistics using large scale data, and basic descriptive and inferential statistics
  • Ability to use statistical software programs such as R, SPSS, or Stata to analyze data – a plus (not required)
  • Strong writing and oral communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail and commitment to rigorous quality control
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite or the equivalent (word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software)
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability. #LI-JR1