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Frequently Asked Questions About the ETS Summer Internship Program in Research for Graduate Students

Am I eligible to apply for a summer internship?

To be eligible, you must be currently enrolled in a relevant doctoral program and have completed at least two years of full-time graduate study on or before the program start date (June 4, 2018). Those who have completed their dissertation defense and/or have received their doctorate on or before the program start date (June 4, 2018) are not eligible.

I learned about the internship after the deadline. Is it too late to apply?

If it is after our deadline, then it is too late to apply. You may apply next year if you are still eligible.

Are there other internship and/or fellowship programs offered?

Yes, ETS also offers internships for high school and college students. Go to our Internships main page for information on open positions and instructions on how to apply.

What is the duration of the internship?

The duration of the internship is eight weeks.

Are the dates of the internship flexible?

The dates are not flexible. We realize, however, that unusual circumstances sometimes arise and exceptions may need to be made. Any exceptions to the start and end dates are subject to prior approval. Time off during the internship should be avoided and is also subject to prior approval.

Can I complete the internship from a remote location?

No, internships must be completed at the ETS offices in Princeton, N.J. This allows interns to fully benefit from the experience.

What is the process that is used to select interns?

When applications and other required documentation are received, an initial screening for completeness is done. The information is then sent to reviewers with expertise related to the stated interests of the applicant. All required documentation must be received before the applicant information is given to the reviewers. Selection is based on scholarship of the applicant, match of applicant interests with available projects and ETS affirmative action goals.

Are you allowed to repeat an internship the next year?

If you are still eligible, you are welcome to apply. Note that your application is subject to the same review process as the other applicants' and therefore a position is not guaranteed.

Does a report go back to my school or advisor?

No formal report is issued, but your advisor is welcome to discuss with your mentor the work you engaged in as an intern.

What should I do if I am in the United States on a student visa or an international student residing in my home country?

If you hold an F1 student visa and are offered a position, you need to go to your International Advisor at your university and apply for a practical training certificate that allows you to receive compensation for your internship. It could take approximately six weeks to complete so you need to do this immediately upon accepting the position.

If you are an international student residing in your home country, you need to notify us immediately to prepare the appropriate J1 visa documentation for the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). This allows you to enter the United States in time for the beginning of the internship. You must hold a J1 visa in order to begin your internship and be compensated.

In addition, all interns must have a Social Security number in order to be paid. Most interns holding an F1 student visa obtain the Social Security number while at their university. Interns holding a J1 visa need to file for a Social Security number immediately upon arrival at ETS.

What types of work will I be expected to do?

In general, interns perform any number of tasks associated with a research project, such as performing a literature review, being involved with data collection, conducting various analyses, preparing a proposal for a conference, drafting a research report and documenting the study. Interns matched to projects involving specialized procedures or software might also be involved with learning the technology. All interns will create and give presentations about their projects at the end of the internship period.

Will I be able to continue using the data I work with during my internship for my dissertation?

Interns are considered temporary ETS employees and work on ETS projects. All ETS employees must sign a standard employee agreement promising to respect the confidentiality of ETS tests, data and other documents as well as to grant to ETS copyright should you produce a report or manuscript as a result of your internship. Permission to continue using ETS proprietary data must be requested using the standard ETS procedure that exists for external researchers.