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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


Due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the NBME Summer Psychometric Internship will take place virtually from June 7 - July 30, 2021.

In this research opportunity, interns will interact with other graduate students and NBME staff and will present completed projects or work-in-progress to NBME staff. Internships typically result in conference presentations (e.g., NCME) and sometimes lead to publication or dissertation topics.

Total compensation for the two months is approximately $8000.



  • Active enrollment in doctoral program in measurement, statistics, 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. Projects are summarized below. Applicants should identify 2 projects by number that they prefer to work on.

Click here to view a full list of research projects.


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. The application deadline is January 31, 2021.

All applicants will be notified of selection decisions by February 26, 2020.