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Summer Psychometric Internship

Providing students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and mentorship.

Summer Psychometric Internship

How to Apply


NBME employs approximately 30 doctoral level psychometricians and assessment scientists, as well as several MDs specializing in medical education. Staff is recognized internationally for its expertise in statistical analysis, psychometrics, and test development.

Interns will interact with other graduate students and NBME staff and will present completed projects or work-in-progress to NBME staff. The expected deliverables from the summer internship project are an internal research presentation, as well as a conference submission / presentation (AERA, NCME, AAMC, etc) and/or a paper submitted for publication.


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Candidates may apply by visiting the application portal. A cover letter outlining experience and listing project interests by number, along with a current resume, are required. 


  • Active enrollment in doctoral program in measurement, statistics, computer science, cognitive science, medical education, or related field; completion of two or more years of graduate coursework.
  • Experience or coursework in one or more of the following: test development, IRT, CTT, statistics, research design, and cognitive science. Advanced knowledge of topics such as equating, generalizability theory, or Bayesian methodology is helpful. Skill in writing and presenting research. Working knowledge of statistical software (e.g., Winsteps, BILOG; SPSS, SAS, or R).
  • Interns will be assigned to one or more mentors but must be able to work independently.
  • Must be authorized to work in the US for any employer. If selected, F-1 holders will need to apply for Curricular Practical Training authorization through their school's international student office and have a social security number for payroll purposes.


Research Projects

Interns will help define a research problem; review related studies; conduct data analyses (real and/or simulated data); and write a summary report suitable for presentation. Applicants should identify 2 projects by number that they prefer to work on.

Click here to view a full list of research projects.