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John P. Yackel/Pearson Graduate Internship

Pearson and the Department of Educational Psychology are proud to announce the John P. Yackel/Pearson Graduate Internship.

The Clinical Assessment division of Pearson has two campuses; one in Bloomington, Minnesota and the other in San Antonio, Texas. It operates as a business of Pearson Education, the world’s largest integrated education company. Its textbooks, online learning tools, and testing and assessment programs help to educate more than 100 million students worldwide. The Clinical Assessments division brings leadership in the area of tests for special needs and personal growth. The assessment development staff researches and develops norm-referenced tests and related support products that measure cognitive ability, achievement, behavior, and personal and social adjustment.

The purpose of the JPY/Pearson internship program is to provide an opportunity for a graduate student to develop an understanding of the major phases of test development and interpretation by working with seasoned professionals on major projects. Internship activities may include work on product specifications, test blueprints, and test items; field research design; data analysis; and interpretation and educational applications. The internship will be a half-time position from August 31, 2015 to May 29, 2016 at the Bloomington or San Antonio office. This appointment will be paid as a 50% Research Assistantship through the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of MN. The salary is $18.13 per hour—visit the Office of Human Resources to learn more about benefits available. Applicants for the position must be full-time graduate students in Educational Psychology or Education with graduate level coursework in measurement and statistics.

The following are possible projects on which the intern will work. If you have questions about the projects, please contact Pearson Clinical. Other projects may also be available as new programs are started on a regular basis.

Candidate will work with the aimsweb research and development team on a variety of small projects, including:

  • inter-rater reliability studies that may involve administration and scoring of aimsweb early literacy and early numeracy measures
  • assisting with the coordination and execution of a series of progress monitoring studies
  • possibly conducting data analysis and reporting results from these studies

Next Generation Ability test (online ability battery to replace OLSAT, PK to 12):

  • help design and analyze studies of the reliability and validity of new item types, and help with revising or replacing item types in light of the results
  • once item types are determined, write items
  • analyze data from pilot or tryout testing

If you are interested in any of these opportunities to study with a knowledgeable and experienced research and development team, please send a letter of application, resume and transcript to: Lori Boucher at

Your letter must include a short narrative describing your qualifications and preparation for the internship and stating how the position will relate to your academic and professional interests and growth.