Job Opportunity: NYC Department of Education intern (part-time)


Position Title – College & Career Qualitative Research Intern


Contact: Lillian Dunn                                                                      



Agency Description: The New York City school system is the largest in the country, composed of approximately 1.1 million students and 75,000+ teachers in over 1,700+ schools. In January 2003, the Department of Education (DOE) launched Children First: A New Agenda for Public Schools in New York City, a multi-year reform effort aimed at significantly improving student achievement through effective teaching and learning.

Office Description:

Research-based educational policy and data transparency are essential elements of the Children’s First reform. The Research and Policy Support Group (RPSG) is at the center of this effort as a primary source of data analysis and research for the DOE.  The RPSG both conducts its own research and analyses to inform DOE policy, as well as consults on and supports others’ analytic work with DOE data including external researchers through the Institutional Review Board (IRB).


RPSG is currently evaluating several programs that are focused on improving academic outcomes for Black & Latino boys in a variety of school settings. These process and impact evaluations include qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis. RPSG is seeking an intern to work across several projects, supporting the implementation of the evaluations, qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis and results dissemination.


Position Reports to: Program Evaluation Manager, Research and Policy Support Group


Internship Responsibilities:

  • Develop evaluation instruments, including surveys and focus group guides.
  • Attend and possibly conduct interview and focus groups with school staff and students.
  • Transcribe qualitative interviews conducted with school personnel on a variety of topics.
  • Analyze qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Write results for a variety of programmatic stakeholders.
  • Travel to schools in all 5 boroughs of New York City
  • Other duties as assigned


Qualifications/Special Skills:

  • Familiarity with data collection and evaluation methods
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and qualitative analysis software including nVivo
  • Qualitative research experience strongly preferred
  • Currently or recently enrolled in a graduate education or behavioral science program preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills in dealing with internal and external      stakeholders


Salary Range: $15-20/hour (TBD)


Work Schedule: Minimum of 15 hours per week; minimum commitment of 4 months. Flexible weekday hours.


Application Process: Please email cover letter and resume to Lillian Dunn at  

Please include “Qualitative Internship Opportunity” in the subject line.