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Educational Testing Service ETS-George Washington University (GWU) Research Summer Internship Program in Boston, Massachusetts

About ETS:

For more than 75 years, we have amplified products and services based rigorous research and our belief in the power of learning. Driven by our mission to advance quality and equity in education, ETS provides learning solutions, pioneering research and trusted assessments that help guide learners around the world on their path to new possibilities.

If you are a creative and innovative individual who wants to help shape the future of learning and assessment, we encourage you to apply for the 2024 ETS-GWU Research Summer Internship program.

The ETS Research division conducts rigorous foundational and applied research on the most critical issues facing education and the workforce. Central to ETS’s legacy of global leadership in learning and assessment, ETS Research is dedicated to advancing the science and practice of measurement, driving innovation in digital assessment, learning and teaching, and advancing equity of opportunity for all learners.

What to expect

As an intern in Research, you’ll work with experts who are nationally and internationally known as thought leaders, trusted advisors, and go-to collaborators for their high-impact work addressing significant educational and societal goals.

If you’re accepted into the program, you’ll collaborate with researchers on projects related to foundational and innovative topics in education. Upon the completion of the program, you’ll have the opportunity to present your findings to teams across Research.


You’ll perform any number of tasks associated with a research project, such as:

  • developing a research plan to address a critical issue and executing the plan

  • performing a literature review and developing new frameworks

  • learning specialized procedures or software if required

  • working with data

  • conducting various psychometric and statistical analyses with real or simulated data

  • preparing a conference proposal

  • drafting a research report and documenting research instruments

  • presenting your findings to teams across Research

Who should apply

Master’s level and doctoral students in one of these areas or a related field are encouraged to apply. Thanks to the collaboration between George Washington University and ETS, this particular internship holds esteemed value for

graduate students enrolled at The George Washington University.

  • AI/machine learning

  • assessment, measurement, psychometrics, psychometric modeling

  • cognitive or learning sciences

  • education

  • process data and analysis

  • psychology

  • qualitative research methods

  • statistics and data science, computational statistics

  • user experience/user interface

  • workforce

  • teaching and teacher policy

  • education policy


The main criteria for selection will be scholarship and the match of applicant interests and experience with the research projects.

We value team members who bring a diversity of interests and experiences to Research. We strongly encourage students from underrepresented groups and backgrounds to apply.

How to apply

Applying to the Research internship is a two-step process:


Submit your application


After successfully completing the preliminary application, within 24 - 48 hours, you will receive an email from

asking you to provide the additional documents required for your application:

  • A copy of your graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable).

  • Written statements on up to two research programs about your interest in the program(s) and how your experience aligns with the program(s).

  • Two letters of Recommendation. Recommendations should come from an academic advisor, a professor who is familiar with your work as it relates to the area of interest or an individual with whom you have worked on a closely aligned project.

  • Copies of recommendations and transcripts can be sent to

Internship details anddates

Dates and location

  • Deadline : The application deadline is March 15, 2024.

  • Decisions : You’ll be notified of selection decisions by April 15, 2024.

  • Duration : 8 weeks: June 3, 2024–July 26, 2024

  • Location : Hybrid — You will be on campus at the ETS Headquarters in Princeton, N.J., the first 2 weeks of the internship program. The remaining 6 weeks of the internship will be in the ETS Washington DC Office.


  • Stipend : $8,000 for Master’s level students; $10,000 for doctoral students

  • Housing : For the on-campus portion of the first 2 weeks of the internship in Princeton, housing is provided if you’re commuting more than 50 miles from the Princeton area.

  • Transportation : Transportation allowance is granted for a return trip from your location to Princeton for the first 2 weeks of the internship.

Program descriptions

1. Inventing a New Paradigm for PersonalizedAssessment in the Service of Equity

The Inventing a New Paradigm for Personalized Assessment in theService of Equity research program is advancing theory, design and methodologyrequired to support implementation of assessments that are personalized to thelanguage, cultural and educational characteristics of individuals and thecontexts in which they live. Potential research topics include (a) creating atheoretical framework for personalized assessment that promotes equity; (b)investigating the effects of student-driven choices in personalized assessmentson performance and motivation; (c) integrating evidence from multiple datasources to better understand the whole learner through personalizedadaptations; (d) rethinking what foundational measurement concepts look like inthe context of personalized assessment; and (e) investigating what personalizedassessment looks like when applied to the use case of multilingual learners,including the use of AI-based approaches.

2. Assessment of Complex Skills

The Assessment of Complex Skills research program is optimizingthe use of technology, AI, and process data to measure complex skills throughscalable, test-less, and performance-based interactive tasks and targets theskills that are critical for educational success and the future workplace. Someexamples of complex skills are critical thinking, creativity, collaboration,social-emotional competence and digital literacy. Potential research topicsinclude large language model based automated annotation of communication data.

3. Validity, Fairness and Ethics in AI

The Validity, Fairness and Ethics in AI research program issetting the standard for using AI in assessment in a valid, fair, and reliableway by focusing on four areas: AI scoring, content or item generation, testsecurity and data analysis. Potential research topics include developingmethodologies for automated scoring, automated test development, abnormal testbehavior detection, and process data analysis to provide test takers and testusers with accurate, fair and transparent assessment content and outcome, aswell as secure and valid tests.

4. Postsecondary Admissions

The Postsecondary Admissions research program is exploring andidentifying paths forward for three key paradigm shifts affecting postsecondaryadmissions today: (1) COVID-19 rapidly accelerating test-optional and codifyingholistic admissions, (2) end of affirmative action and a need to betterunderstand institutions’ diversity goals, and (3) the rapid acceleration of AIand its implications on how student applications (e.g., essays, personalstatements) and students are evaluated. Potential research topics include examining:(a) how campus diversity goals are understood by key stakeholders in theadmissions system, and (b) how emerging tools and policies addressing campusdiversity goals can encourage broader access to higher education acrossselective and non-selective institutions.

5. Policy Research

The ETS Center for Research on Human Capital and Education leveragesdata from national and international large-scale assessments to generatepeer-reviewed policy research. This research delves into issues related to thedevelopment and distribution of foundational skills across diverse populations,examining implications for educational and labor market outcomes. Potentialresearch topics might include (a) using data from the OECD’s 2022

P rogramme for International Student Assessment

(PISA) to explore student socialand emotional skills, patterns of performance in mathematics, financialliteracy and foundational skills, or an examination of PISA’s new domain oncreative thinking. Another potential topic may include (b) utilizingdata from the OECD’s

Programme for theInternational Assessment of Adult Competencies

(PIAAC) to explore anticipatedreturns to advancing adult literacy and numeracy skills in the US.

ETS is mission driven and action oriented

  • Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging is at the forefront of the ETS employee's daily work. To further foster an inclusive environment ETS is home to a wide variety of Affinity groups that celebrate the diversity of our talented employees.

  • How about cultivating growth, innovation, and continuous transformation for the next generation of rising professionals as leaders? ETS offers multiple Business Resource Groups (BRG) for you!

  • Are you passionate about volunteering and being active in your career and community? ETS offers our Center for Advocacy & Philanthropy (CAAP) where we encourage ETS employees to become active volunteers in their communities and schools through the ETS Cares Giving Campaign. Our employees can support any 501c3 or eligible charity of their choice.

ETS is an Equal Opportunity Employer comprised of people with different experiences, strengths, and backgrounds who share a passion for advancing quality and equity in education. We are dedicated to building teams that reflect the various backgrounds, experiences, and identities of those we serve. The Talent Acquisition team strives to ensure candidates enjoy a fair and equitable hiring process. We believe our differences empower us to be a better team, making better decisions and delivering better results.