WIDA Summer Research Internship
WIDA offers summer research internships in language assessment to graduate students. Interns will participate in WIDA Assessment research projects and collaborate with WIDA researchers on projects that address academic language development in the K-12 context.
About the Assessment Team
The WIDA Assessment Team pursues a validation research agenda that supports the WIDA suite of language assessments, ACCESS for ELLs, WIDA Screener, and WIDA MODEL. Interns may contribute to various aspects of this research agenda, such as study design, data collection and analyses, manuscript/report authoring and review, and presentation of findings. Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods projects may be assigned to interns, depending on the background of qualified applicants. Interested applicants may also participate in test development activities, such as content reviews. Specific projects will be assigned to each intern, based on individual interests and strengths at the beginning of the internship.
Important Dates for Summer 2020
Application Deadline: February 14, 2020
Notification of Decision: April 17, 2020
Internship Dates: June 1 - August 7, 2020 (Dates are somewhat flexible)
Compensation: Paid internship with a competitive hourly salary (interns typically work 30 hours per week)
- Full-time enrollment in a doctoral program related to language assessment
- Completion of a minimum of two years of coursework toward a doctoral degree, prior to beginning the internship
Submit the following via email to email@example.com:
- Statement of Purpose
- Curriculum Vitae
- Copies of Graduate Transcripts
- Contact information of two academic/professional references
Interns will be selected based on their scholarship and alignment of research interests with current WIDA assessment research agenda. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to phone interviews.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
2019 Project: Examination of technology-enhanced items in ACCESS reading test
Rurik Lol Tywoniw, Georgia State University
Conference Presentation(s): Technology Enhanced Items and Young English Learners: What Construct are We Measuring?, Midwest Association of Language Testers (MwALT) Conference East Coast Organization of Language Testers (ECOLT) in Bloomington, IN
2019 Project: Complexity and fluency of English learners’ responses on ACCESS speaking test
Yangting "Tina" Wang, University of Texas at San Antonio
Conference Presentation(s) Forthcoming (March 2020): Spoken Academic Language Development of K-12 English Learners: relationships between task variables and CAF measures, American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) in Denver, CO
2018 Project: Grades 1-12 English learners’ use of universal tools, embedded in ACCESS
Meltem Yumsek, University of North Carolina at Greensburough
Conference Presentation(s): Examining How Language Proficiency Affects Grades 1-12 English Learners’ Use of Online Accessibility Features, East Coast Organization of Language Testers (ECOLT) in Washington, DC; Grades 1-12 English Learners’ Use of Accessibility Features, in Online Language Assessments, National Council on Educational Measurement (NCME) in Toronto, CA; Do test accessibility features have the intended effect for K-12 English learners?, Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC) in Atlanta, GA
2017 Project: Effect of writing test mode on Grades 1-3 English learners’ performance
Shinhye Lee, Michigan State University
Publication(s): Kim, A., Lee, S., Chapman, M., & Wilmes, C. (2019). The effects of administration and response modes on grade 1-2 students’ writing performance. TESOL Quarterly, 53(2), 482-513.
Conference Presentation(s): The effects of administration and response modes on Grades 1-2 students’ academic writing performance, Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC) in Auckland, New Zealand; Examining the fluency, complexity, and accuracy of Grades 1-3 children’s second language writing performance on paper vs. online test modes, American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) in Chicago, IL