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.
Completed Application Form
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
Attach your CV
Attach your Graduate school transcript(s)
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
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
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