Jan 23, 2020

Summer Internship - Language Assessment

  • Professional Diversity Network
  • Durham, NC, USA
Full-Time Other

Job Description

MetaMetrics, Inc


MetaMetrics is an internationally renowned educational and measurement institution located in Durham, North Carolina. Founded more than 30 years ago, MetaMetrics mission is to bring meaning to measurement. It comprises a team of research scientists, psychometrics, machine learning scientists, curriculum developers and K-16 educators with a combined experience of 300 years.

Through this internship, you will have an exciting opportunity to work side-by-side with an interdisciplinary team of world-class researchers, data scientists, computer engineers, and product managers. You will gain the experience of applying theory and research methodologies to solve research problems and develop educational products that promote language learning and teaching.

Potential focal areas for internships

  • Corpus linguistics: building and analyzing a domain-specific corpus.
  • Machine learning: automated scoring of writing and speaking
  • English Language learners reading development and oral reading development
  • Analysis of text complexity for reading and audio complexity for listening
  • Vocabulary development in English language learners and native-English learners
  • Linking and equating tests and score scales, e.g. linking Lexile reading scale to other reading tests.

Application procedure

  1. Completed Application Form
  2. Submit a cover letter that explains a.) why you are interested in this internship, b.) which research area(s) you are most interested in, and c) why you will be a good fit
  3. Attach your CV
  4. Attach your Graduate school transcript(s)
  5. Provide the names and contact details of two people that know your work well, such as Ph.D. professors or previous employers, who we have permission to contact for a reference

Important dates

Application deadline: Feb 23, 2020

Notification date: March 23, 2020

Internship dates: June 1, 2020 -- August 15, 2020 (can be flexible)

Selection criteria and compensation

Candidates will be selected based on demonstrated scholarship and the match between the candidates expertise and the focus of MetaMetrics research projects.

Compensation - $15 per hour


. Requirements:


  • Current full-time enrollment in a doctoral program in language assessment and/or educational measurement
  • Completion of three or more years of doctorate coursework prior to the start of the internship
  • Authorized to work in the United States
  • Excellent academic writing skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills


  • Previous research experience in corpus linguistics, language assessment or any of the other focal areas
  • Extensive training in advanced statistical methods, such as multi-level modeling and structural equation modeling







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