Education Technology Policy Intern (Fall 2016)

J-PAL North America (MIT) - Cambridge, MA - Part time

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J-PAL North America is recruiting an Education Technology Policy Intern to contribute to its growing research on improving the effectiveness and efficiency of education technology in the United States. Through its education technology-related work, J-PAL North America:

  • Builds partnerships with state and local education agencies and other education organizations to design randomized evaluations of innovative technology-enabled learning tools and policies to expand access to technology with the potential to serve as models for improving education around the country;
  • Builds capacity among researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to rigorously evaluate technology-enabled learning programs and strategies to bridge the digital divide; and
  • Translates the results of completed studies into lessons for policymakers.

The internship is based at MIT in Cambridge, MA. This is a paid, part-time position (10-20 hours per week) during the 2016 fall semester. As most applicants will be full-time students, we can be flexible in setting exact work hours (e.g. two full days per week or five half days per week). Start and end dates are flexible.


The Education Technology Policy Intern will support J-PAL North America in:

Evaluation: Explore technology-enabled policies and programs that might benefit from and be well-suited for rigorous evaluation. Conduct background research and assist with obtaining access to administrative data, applying for IRB approval and other evaluation tasks;

Communications: Draft policy-oriented summaries of specific studies related to education and technology; draft posts on J-PAL North America’s Twitter feed, Facebook page, and blog related to J-PAL North America’s education technology-related work. Create guides, documents, and presentations on research processes and methods that can serve as resources for policymakers and implementing partners who are beginning to work on randomized evaluations;

Outreach: Assist with strategizing and executing outreach activities, including outreach to governments and other education organizations for potential partnerships;

Grants: Assist with identifying and developing fundraising opportunities relating to education technology;

Event Planning: Assist with J-PAL North America events designed to bring policymakers, practitioners, and researchers together to spur new research collaborations and share policy lessons from completed research;

Miscellaneous: Any other tasks as needed.


Your strong communication and organizational skills, as well as your demonstrated interest in education and technology, make you an ideal candidate for an Education Technology Policy Intern.

Education: You have received high grades in your coursework, which reflects your knowledge and understanding of public policy and quantitative methods;

Experience and Interest: Your strong interest in education policy has been demonstrated through coursework and previous work experience;

Communication: Your strong communication and writing skills help you author clear and concise documents and strengthen relationships with key stakeholders;

Organization: Your robust organizational capacity and ability to pay attention to detail enable you to effectively coordinate events, manage projects, and meet deadlines; and

Attitude: You’re willing to work hard, are excited to learn, and enthusiastically take on a broad range of assignments.

Transportation: This position is a ten-minute walk from the Kendall Square T station. Pay parking is available near the building, but is fairly expensive. The office also has access to bike cages and locker rooms or showers for bike commuters.

Special Note: This position is not eligible for any type of Visa sponsorship through MIT.

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Experience Level

less than 1 year

J-PAL North America (MIT)

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