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Researcher Intern, Education Innovation Research (PhD Students)


AIR is currently seeking Researcher Interns to join our team during our 2024 Virtual Summer Internship Program. The internship period may range from mid-May through the end of August 2024 depending on student availability.  AIR’s 2024 Virtual Summer Internship Program is designed to identify, attract, and hire the best collegiate talent that will drive creativity and innovation while enabling the organization to create a diverse and skilled talent pool. Spanning 10 – 12 weeks, AIR’s paid summer program provides Interns and Scholars with various learning and networking opportunities that enhance their skillset and build lasting professional connections.

We are looking for current PhD students with a passion for education policy and research to join our team. AIR is refining and enhancing the Early Warning Intervention Monitoring System (EWIMS) intervention for high schools, which is being implemented and evaluated nationwide as part of an Education Innovation Research (EIR) Mid-Phase grant. The Researcher Interns will help analyze data from AIR's implementation study, focusing on measures and strategies for student connectedness. These interns will conduct a thorough literature review, identify relevant measures, and develop recommendations to enhance the EWIMS intervention. The Researcher Interns will work closely with our team, receiving guidance from the staff manager and gaining valuable insights into the current EWIMS intervention. 

The Interns hired for the position will have the option to work remotely based in the United States.

About AIR:

Established in 1946, with headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, AIR is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance to solve some of the most urgent challenges in the U.S. and around the world. We advance evidence in the areas of education, health, the workforce, human services, and international development to create a better, more equitable world.

AIR’s commitment to diversity goes beyond legal compliance to its full integration in our strategy, operations, and work environment. At AIR, we define diversity broadly, considering everyone’s unique life and community experiences. We believe that embracing diverse perspectives, abilities/disabilities, racial/ethnic and cultural backgrounds, styles, ages, genders, gender identities and expressions, education backgrounds, and life stories drives innovation and employee engagement. Learn more about AIR's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategy and hear from our staff by clicking here.


The responsibilities for the position include:

  • Conduct literature reviews to support projects and proposals
  • Assist staff in the review, identification and development of scholarly information describing research findings
  • Participate in the analysis, and review of research and evaluation data
  • Develop spreadsheets and data bases to support project activities
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative research data and contribute to the reporting and interpretation of findings


Education, Knowledge, and Experience:

  • Must be a current student (for the duration of the internship) enrolled in a Doctoral degree program in such fields as economics, psychology, sociology, statistics, computer science, public policy, public health, or other social science related fields.
  • Experience with and/or knowledge of data collection and analysis methodologies and techniques, such as survey design, analysis of program administrative data, and conduct of structured interviews, observations, and focus groups


  • Strong attention to detail and commitment to accuracy when writing
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with individuals at all levels and from diverse backgrounds
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite or the equivalent (word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software)
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to collaborate efficiently in a virtual work environment
  • Curiosity to examine and understand the EWIMS intervention


Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the U.S. on a full-time basis. Employment-based visa sponsorship (including H-1B sponsorship) is not available for this position. Depending on project work, qualified candidates may need to meet certain residency requirements. 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability. 

AIR adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo reference and background checks. 

This part-time position offers $30.00 per hour. Salary offers are made based on internal equity within the organization and external equity with competitive markets. Please note this is the salary for candidates that are based in the United States. 

AIR maintains a drug-free work environment.