Summer Graduate Internship

The Applications for the 2024 Summer Graduate Internship are now closed, please return to our website next spring for opportunities next year.

The Center for Measurement Justice offers a paid (up to $10k) summer internship for Black, Brown, and Indigenous PhD students studying the field of educational assessment and/or measurement. This internship provides an opportunity for scholars to work on a pre-specified professional research project with a mentor. Students must be available for 8-10 weeks during the summer months for a maximum of 40 hours/week. 

The process for applying for the CMJ Summer Internship Program is outlined below. 


To apply for the program, interested students must complete an application form on the CMJ website by March 30th, 2024 at 11:59 pm. The application should include a brief (250-300 word) description of the student’s research interest(s) and how those interests align with the project in which they have interest, a curriculum vitae, and a graduate school transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable). All application materials should be uploaded to the application form as one document.  

PLACEMENT / Notifications

AAll applications will be reviewed by mentors/project leads. Finalists will receive notification from individual mentors directly to schedule virtual interviews. Students will be made aware of final decisions no later than April 12th, 2024.

The students and mentors must sign the CMJ Summer Internship Agreement before the student’s start date. During the program, students are required to submit a midpoint report to CMJ using a Google form, as well as a summary report of their research project at the end of the program before receiving their second installment of the grant. 


The first payment of $5,000 will be issued at the start of the internship, and the second payment will be issued after the successful completion of the program. Students are required to write a summary of tasks performed, have it signed by their mentor, and submit it to CMJ prior to the final payment being made. While not required, award recipients are encouraged to share their insights as a feature on CMJ’s website. 

The internship application timeline is as follows: 

Highlights from 2023 Summer Internship Experiences

“The exposure to real-world research and hands-on involvement in the projects has allowed me to deepen my understanding of the subject matter and sharpen my skills in practical applications. I am truly grateful for these opportunities to learn and grow under your mentorship.”
Dr. David Baidoo-Anu

“At times, as the only Chicana in my academic program it has felt lonely and isolating, but being part of this program reminds me I am not alone. It has been beautiful to build relationships with my peers… Not only has [my mentor] helped me grow as an educational measurement/assessment researcher and evaluator, but she has also nourished my self-confidence. I feel blessed to have her in my corner as a mentor. My only wish was that I had had her much earlier in my academic career, but I am sure she stepped into my life at just the right moment.”
Daniela Cardoza

“I had the opportunity to learn about various research methodologies related to bisquare estimation while building a solid foundation in the aspects of conducting research. I honed my research skills by critically evaluating existing literature to develop problem-solving abilities. Additionally, I enhanced my ability to communicate complex ideas more clearly and concisely. This journey was marked by tight deadlines and multiple tasks, and I gained valuable insights on how to manage my time more efficiently by prioritizing tasks to meet research milestones. In essence, this summer internship has been a profound learning experience that has equipped me with foundational knowledge to succeed in my future research pursuits and personal growth.”
Claudia Ventura

March 30th, 2024

Application Deadline

March 30th - April 10th, 2024

Application Review and Selection

April 12th, 2024

Chosen students are notified of their selection and mentor pairing; and also given further details of the program's guidelines and requirements.

April 17th, 2024

Deadline to Accept Internship Offer

May 13th - June 10th, 2024

Internships Start (depending on a specific project)

July 5th, 2024

Midpoint Report due and First Payment Dispursed

August 30th, 2024

Summary Report and Proof of Completion Due

September 15th, 2024

Final Payment Date

Application Information

To apply for the Internship, applicants should:

        1. Complete application form, which includes a brief (200-250 word) description of research interest(s) 
        2. Submit via email as one document 
          • curriculum vita or résumé 
          • graduate school transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable)

Applications materials should be uploaded in the application form. 

Final application deadline is March 30, 2024 at 11:59pm EST. 

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