Research Intern

Digital Promise - San Mateo, California - Part time

About Digital PromiseDigital Promise is an independent, bipartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization authorized by Congress to spur innovation in education for all levels of learners. Positioned at the intersection of educators, entrepreneurs, and researchers, Digital Promise identifies, develops, and promotes strategies to improve all levels of education and provide Americans with the knowledge and skills needed to compete in the global economy. Digital Promise is a fast-paced, growing, entrepreneurial organization that values and rewards performance, collaboration, and innovation.

About the PositionDigital Promise’s United2Read initiative seeks to improve K–3 students’ literacy skills and close the achievement gap. Beginning this school year, Digital Promise has conducted case studies to gather feedback and insights from schools about the implementation of the A2i Professional Support System. The purpose of the case study research is to learn about the challenges and barriers that schools and educators face as they roll out a new initiative.

The Learner Variability Project (LVP) team at Digital Promise translates ever-growing learning sciences research into easily accessible Factors and strategies that can inform both product design and classroom practice. The research-based Factors and strategies together comprise our Learner Models which are free, open-source, and accessible for all audiences. The LVP team has gathered open-ended observational and survey data in order to determine the impact of our collaboration with edtech products.

The Research Intern will support qualitative data analysis and reporting for both United2Read and LVP projects. 


  • Conduct qualitative analysis of interview, focus group, and survey data
  • Use qualitative data analysis software to identify and categorize content from transcripts and open-ended reflection responses and write memos that could be used for reporting
  • Collaborate with the team to generate key findings
  • Contribute to report writing
  • Create data visualizations including tables and charts to communicate findings


  • Currently pursuing (must be in third or fourth year) or completed an undergraduate degree in OR currently pursuing a graduate degree in the field of education, social sciences, public policy, economics, or any related discipline with a strong research emphasis
  • Research background in education, technology, or social sciences
  • Ability to translate complex language and ideas into clear explanations
  • Ability and willingness to learn about new skills and topics quickly
  • Experience using qualitative data collection and analysis tools (e.g., SurveyMonkey, Dedoose, Excel, Google Forms)
  • A passion for education, a team mentality, and a positive “can-do” “yes-and” spirit
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment while knowing when to ask for help

Compensation$6,000 to $10,000 for 12 weeks, based on experience and number of hours worked (minimum 20 hours/week).

To ApplyPlease apply by submitting your resume and cover letter. Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible. Review of applications will be on a rolling basis until the search is successful. Digital Promise is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

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