Research and Evaluation Intern, Governor’s Office of Student Achievement – Atlanta, GA

Dates: September 2018 through May 2019
Location: 205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE, Suite 952 Twin Towers East
Opportunities: 1
Hours: 29 hours/week
Pay: $8-$10 hour (dependent upon relevant education and experience) 

Position Overview

The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) is seeking a full-time Research and Evaluation Intern for September 2018 through May 2019, with the possibility of an extension into spring/summer 2019. GOSA’s Research and Evaluation program produces high-quality reporting and research for diverse education stakeholders that inform practice and policy.  In addition to publishing research reports and education updates, the division manages local school district performance contracts (SWSS) and evaluations.  The division also provides strategic support in monitoring and evaluating other agency initiatives.  More information on these roles can be found on GOSA’s website:

As part of the agency’s Research and Evaluation team, the Research and Evaluation intern plays a critical role in analyzing education data and ensuring that policymakers have a full picture of education data in Georgia. The intern will perform data management and analysis using Excel and Stata, assist with analyzing quantitative and qualitative data for multiple evaluation projects, and assist in various tasks related to the release of the CCRPI. The intern will write and publish education updates under his/her own name on topics such as statewide accountability measures and GOSA programs and initiatives. Additionally, the intern will support GOSA’s digital strategy efforts, including social media posting and assisting with outreach campaigns.

The intern will also assist the Connections for Classrooms grant program manager to provide school districts with the necessary resources to procure grant funds by performing various administrative tasks.  The intern will gain a thorough understanding of what broadband capabilities districts have and how that affects learning.

Agency Overview

The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) strives to advance student achievement by funding innovative programs focused on teacher and leader induction and development, applied learning, blended learning and innovative resource management. In addition, GOSA provides policy support to the Governor and, ultimately, to the citizens of Georgia through:

  • An education report card indicating the effectiveness of Georgia’s P-20 education institutions;
  • Research initiatives on education programs in Georgia and corresponding findings to inform policy, budget, and legislative efforts;
  • Thorough analysis and straightforward communication of education data to stakeholders;
  • Academic program audits;
  • Digital learning initiatives; and
  • Innovative programs such as the Connections for Classrooms Grant Program, Race to the Top Innovation Fund, Governor’s Honors Program, and the Governor’s Reading Mentor Program.

Learning Objectives

The intern will have opportunities to hone skills and increase familiarity with data analytics software, gain experience working with a team to produce high-quality research, develop reports for education stakeholders, and edit a Drupal-based website. Additionally, the intern will gain exposure to grant and contract management.

Interest Areas

Education policy, program evaluation, communications, research and analysis, data collection and management

Required Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled undergraduate student or recent undergraduate student with a 3.0 GPA or higher, and at least 90 credit hours 
  • Experience with data management and analysis
  • Advanced knowledge of and proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, with keen attention to detail and accuracy
Preferred Qualifications – External: 
  • Currently enrolled graduate student or recent graduate student with a 3.0 GPA or higher,
  • Ability to learn new online data and reporting systems
  • Ability to work both under pressure and time constraints,
  • Proficiency in statistical software, such as R or Stata.
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop and/or Illustrator

Additional Information:

Please include a resume and cover letter with your application.

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