The American Evaluation Association welcomes applications for its Graduate Education Diversity Internship Program that provides paid internship and training opportunities during the academic year. The GEDI program works to engage and support students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the field of evaluation. The goals of the GEDI Program are to:
Interns may come from a variety of disciplines, including public health, education, political science, anthropology, psychology, sociology, social work, and the natural sciences. Their commonality is a strong background in research skills, an interest in extending their capacities to the field of evaluation, and a commitment to thinking deeply about culturally responsive evaluation practice.
Building on the training content described below, the interns work the equivalent of approximately two days per week at an internship site near their home institutions from approximately September 1 to July 1. The interns may work on a single evaluation project or multiple projects at the site, but all internship work is focused on building skills and confidence in real-world evaluation practices. Interns receive a stipend of $10,000 in recognition of their internship work based on completion of the internship and satisfactory finalization of program requirements, including any deliverables due to the host agency, progress reports, and reflections on the internship experience.
It is assumed that students come to the program with basic qualitative and quantitative research skills. The GEDI Program then works to extend those skills to evaluation through multiple activities:
Interns are supported by colleagues at school, at their site placements, and within the sponsoring association:
Interns receive support from advisors and mentors, quality training focused on evaluation, real-world work experience, registration waivers and guidance at two/three professional evaluation conferences, and multiple opportunities for professional networking. In recognition of the time involved in the program (approximately 2 days per week), each intern also receives a stipend and is reimbursed for major travel expenses related to the program (airfare and shared hotel specifically).
We seek students who are not already enrolled in an evaluation program/specialization or pursuing an evaluation degree who:
The interns will be selected based on their completed applications, materials provided, and subsequent finalist interviews focusing on:
Prior to beginning the GEDI application, please take the time to review and gather the required components in preparation.
We recommend beginning by reviewing our Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ) page. Should you have further questions about the program, email firstname.lastname@example.org .