2015 Summer Internship Program in Research for Graduate Students


Interns in this eight-week* program participate in research under the guidance of an ETS mentor in any of these areas:

  • psychometrics
  • validity
  • natural language processing and computational linguistics
  • cognitive and developmental psychology
  • learning sciences
  • linguistics, second language learning and teaching English as a foreign language
  • speech recognition and processing
  • teaching and classroom research
  • statistics
  • educational data mining
  • international large-scale assessments

Interns also participate in seminars and workshops on a variety of topics. Each intern is required to give a brief presentation about their project at the conclusion of the internship. The internship is carried out in the ETS offices in Princeton, N.J.

Program Goals

  • Provide research opportunities to individuals enrolled in a doctoral program in the fields described above.
  • Increase the number of scholars and students from diverse backgrounds — especially traditionally underrepresented groups such as African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, and American Indians — conducting research in educational assessment and related fields.

Important Dates

  • February 1, 2015 — Application deadline
  • April 1, 2015 — Applicants are notified of selection decision


  • 8 weeks: June 1, 2015–July 24, 2015*


  • $6,000 salary*
  • Transportation allowance for relocating to and from the Princeton area
  • Housing will be provided for interns commuting more than 50 miles


  • Current full-time enrollment in a doctoral program in any of the areas specified above.
  • Completion of at least two years of coursework toward the Ph.D. or Ed.D. prior to the program start date.


The main criteria for selection will be scholarship and the match of applicant interests and experience with the research projects. For specific descriptions of internship projects, review the application.

ETS affirmative action goals will be considered. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application Procedures

The application process is currently closed. Please check back in November 2015 for updated information.


For more information, contact us via email or call 1-609-734-5543.

*Some projects in the NLP area may require a 12-week internship. The dates would be May 26, 2015–August 14, 2015. The salary would be $9,000.


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