Open Position

Research & Evaluation Intern

AnLar’s Research team is looking for a Research and Evaluation intern to fill a part-time internship beginning in January 2024. The position will be supporting projects aiming to improve achievement and interest in elementary and middle school science. One program is an informal STEM education program for middle school students in Philadelphia and the other program is a novel coaching and mentoring program for 5th grade students. AnLar’s internship program is designed to provide meaningful opportunities and hands-on experience to someone who is interested in developing knowledge and skills in designing and conducting educational research and evaluation. The intern will gain skills in conducting formative evaluations, collecting and analyzing observational and survey data, developing research-practice partnerships, and communicating with educational stakeholders about research findings, measures, and data.

The internship will be 15-20 hours per week from January through April (though we can be flexible on the start and end date based on availability). AnLar offers $20/hour, a monthly wellness stipend, and a one-time, start-up office supply stipend. The intern will be working in person at the University City Science Center and occasionally performing data collection at school sites.

Who we are:

AnLar is a multidisciplinary team of adept, dedicated, kind-hearted people striving to have a positive effect on the areas of life they’re most passionate about ─ education, equity, health, and so on. We are researchers and seekers, consultants and communicators, problem solvers and partners. In industry-speak, one could say we specialize in work such as creating modernized data systems, supporting change management, conducting research and evaluation, providing technical assistance, and exploring the depths of this work further through visual communications design. Based in the DC area with remote staff all over the US (and a few abroad), we at AnLar value strong relationships, thoughtful and creative approaches, hard work and grit, and the overall well-being of our team. All in all, we want to be able to feel good about the work we do, how we do it, and with whom we collaborate.

What the job entails:

  • Developing positive, professional relationships with team members.
  • Setting up video equipment on site at the Science Center to capture program activities.
  • Filling out detailed logs in our online tracking system to track data collection efforts.
  • Conducting observational coding of interactions between students and program facilitators and establishing reliability on rubric scores.
  • Supporting data collection by coordinating with schools to administer surveys to students and teachers.
  • Supporting the development of surveys for students and teachers to capture knowledge, beliefs, attitudes, and program experiences.
  • Managing and maintaining data files.
  • Conduct preliminary descriptive data analysis (means, standard deviations, simple comparisons) on student and teacher data.

What skill set we’re looking for:

  • Ability to form collaborative and respectful professional relationships with teachers, students, researchers, and program staff.
  • Ability to stay organized and manage observation logs and tracking sheets.
  • Ability to implement data collection and observation protocols.
  • Ability to think flexibly and adapt to changes.
  • Ability to communicate timely information with team members.
  • Ability to conduct preliminary data analysis such as descriptive and inferential statistics.

Who the right candidate is:

  • Available to work on-site at the University City Science Center during program hours (9am-3pm), actual days of week and hours TBD
  • Dependable and reliable to work during assigned times
  • Passionate about creating educational opportunities for underserved students
  • Detail-oriented and professional
  • Interested in working in an applied research setting evaluating an educational program
  • A team player with a strong work ethic. You do what it takes to get the job done well and going the extra mile for your team and clients comes naturally.
  • Coachable. You have a growth mindset and see failure as an opportunity to learn. You use feedback to improve over time.
  • A proactive problem solver. You jump in when you see something that needs to get done. You proactively raise issues and propose solutions.
  • Organized, flexible, and maintains regular communication.
  • Preferred, but not required: You have experience working with
    • Out-of-school time programs
    • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics programs
    • Middle school and high school youth
    • Philadelphia public school students and teachers

Application instructions:

Interested applicants should submit a resume or CV, cover letter, and anything else that you’d like to share (such as a short writing sample) on the form below by December 6, 2023. In your cover letter, please include one paragraph on which of AnLar’s core values resonates most with you and why.

Diversity is valued and inclusion is reflected in our efforts to recruit, develop, and engage the diverse staff needed to accomplish our mission. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.

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