EDUCATION DIVERSITY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (GEDI)
1. How are the seminars,
travel and lodging coordinated?
The American Evaluation Association office coordinates the
purchase of plane tickets and shared hotel reservations and prepays
for each so that the interns need not have this out of
2. How many students are accepted into program each year?
Cohorts have ranged from 4 to 10 students. We anticipate a
cohort of 6-8 for the 2012-2013 academic year.
3. How long is the program?
The program is 10 months long, beginning in September with
an orientation training and culminating at the end of the
following June, although some materials may be completed
after June 30th in some cases.
4. What financial assistance does the GEDI program
Major travel expenses (shared hotel and airfare) to the
program-related seminars and conference are covered and a
stipend of $8,000 is provided. Interns are responsible for
other other travel and food costs.
5. Does my academic advisor have to be an evaluator or member of AEA?
No, your academic advisor does not have to be an evaluator or member
of the American Evaluation Association (AEA). Your advisor has to be someone from your
institution who is supportive of your being in the
internship and can help you negotiate a way to integrate
your internship work into your academic program and maybe
arrange for you to get credit for your internship work.
6. What should the reference letter from my advisor
The reference letter from your advisor should attest to your
capabilities that make you a good candidate for the program,
express the advisorís support and confidence in your being a
part of this internship and her or his willingness to
support you through the process.
7. I just got accepted into a graduate program and will
be starting in the fall, can I still apply for the program?
No. You should wait for a subsequent year to apply. We view
students in their second or third year as ideal for the
internship program. Participating in the internship program
at this point of your study is most flexible for
coordinating coursework with internship work. Also, students
are more apt to explore the possibility of transferring
their internship projects to later publications or
dissertation study. No matter what stage you are in your
program, you and your advisor will have to work together to
coordinate both your degree program and internship study.
Entering the internship too early or late in your graduate
study may be very taxing. Weigh out your schedule and
responsibilities to see if you have enough time for the
internship program. Working with your advisor, you may be
able to receive academic credit for the internship, perhaps
as an independent study toward your credit requirements.
8. I am an international
student, may I apply for the GEDI program?
If you are
studying at an institution in the United States, and reside
in the United States, you may
apply for the GEDI program as long as you are eligible to work for pay
in the United States, outside of an academic institution, at
the time of application. You will be asked to provide proof
of work eligibility at the time of application. You may not
apply pending approval of a work visa or if your eligibility
is contingent upon acceptance into this program.
9 Do I need
to have a placement site at the time of application?
The GEDI program has a number of pre-identified placement
sites plus two open placements for which the GEDI staff will
work with students to identify an appropriate site.
10. How may I learn more and
The call for applications is made available in
May and this year's application due date is Thursday, June
2012. Access this year's call by clicking
If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to
contact program liaison John LaVelle via email
questions about the program.