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Psychometrician Intern
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Job Title

Psychometrician Intern

Job Description

Kaplan Test Prep 2020 Psychometric Internship

(Research internship hosted by Learning Science)


* Two (2) graduate student interns.
* Candidates must be full-time graduate students at an accredited university or college

* Candidates must be enrolled, and in good standing, in a Ph.D. program in psychometrics, educational measurement, educational psychology, applied statistics, or any other field that is directly related to educational testing, assessment and/or cognitive evaluation


* Candidates must have demonstrated the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
* Successful candidates should have completed at least 2 years of graduate studies at the time of the internship start

* Prior coursework in univariate and multivariate statistics, Classical Test Theory and Item Response Theory is a must

* Candidate must be proficient in the R programming language

* Prior knowledge and/or interest in process data mining is preferred, but not required


* Kaplan Test Prep headquarters in Manhattan, New York, NY.
* Interns will work along with other Learning Science and Analytics colleagues in New York City

* The Kaplan Test Prep office provides a subsidized lunch program Monday, Tuesday and Thursday (through Fooda)

* Open cafeteria with free coffee, tea, and variety of breakfast and lunch snacks


* Housing is available to graduate student interns in Kaplan's shared private-room furnished apartment.
* Each room comes with a flat screen cable TV, and wifi throughout

* The shared space includes a kitchen, eating areas, living room with couches, and cable TV

* The full kitchen includes dishwasher, microwave, oven, and refrigerator

* Roof-top terrace with tables, chairs, grills, lights, and great views

* Housing is guaranteed for only the accepted interns (spouses, friends, guests, etc. and pets are not permitted)

* Apartments are smoke-free

* Included housekeeping is done weekly, and includes cleaning the apartment, and new towels and sheets

* Interns who chose not to live in the corporate housing will not be reimbursed for rent


* 8 weeks, June 1 - July 24, 2020.
* The internship is a temporary 40 hours per week full-time position

* Internship time is somewhat flexible with prior clearance from Kaplan Test Prep

* If prior conference obligations have been made, interns can request to add respective makeup time at the end of the internship


* This is a paid internship at $35 an hour, subject to local, state and federal taxes.


* Kaplan Test Prep will reimburse accepted candidates for their travel to and from New York City, up to $1,000 total.

* If any travel will be necessary to attend prior engagements (such as a conferences during the time of the internship) Kaplan Test Prep will not reimburse interns for any travel they elect to do


* Successful candidates will be expected to prepare, execute and summarize their respective projects during the 8 week window of their residency at Kaplan Test Prep.

* Successful candidates will be assigned to a project, on which they will work under the auspice of an assigned mentor

* Interns will be given professional, industry and technical development opportunities throughout their stay at Kaplan Test Prep

* The two projects for the 2020 cohort will focus on issues in process data mining for personalized usage suggestion and predicting outcome for validity evidence:

Project 1 Guiding learning achievements through performance and asset usage process data

Kaplan Test Prep offers a large variety of instructional and assessment assets that are available for learners to select and assemble their own personalized, self-paced learning environment. As self-paced learning is customized, it challenges learners to be knowledgeable about learning strategies that keep them on track. Making individual progress-specific recommendations will help learners to make full use of the available material, and ultimately achieve their own pre-set goals. This project will investigate methods to a) identify potential low-performing learners by mining asset-usage data and Qbank performance data in early stages (The question bank enables learner-customized quizzes.), and b) make tentative usage suggestions to assist learning achievement based on performance growth tracking. The intern will work with the psychometric team to refine the scope of the research study with process data (i.e. item response time, video viewing, quiz submission, etc.) from GRE practice course packages. Research experience in Item Response Theory (IRT), Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT), growth modeling, and strong interest in machine learning - specifically supervised learning and recommendation systems - are strongly encouraged.

Project 2 Predicting learning outcomes using practice data and learning behaviors

Kaplan Test Prep (KTP) provides various exam preparation for students and learners with a large set of courses, lectures, quizzes, and question banks. It is of great interest for KTP to understand the validity of its learning assets, and thereby be able to predict the learners' future success. This project will investigate and reveal the interrelationship among the ultimate learning outcomes and data points from multiple sources (including practice test performance, learning behaviors, log files, etc.). The intern will work with the psychometric team using data from one of KTP's licensure groups to explore, develop, and validate models predicting learning outcomes in the licensure test preparation field. Research experience or strong interest in psychometrics, statistics, educational data mining, predictive modeling, and test validation are strongly encouraged.

International Student:

International students who are enrolled at an accredited institution under F-1 visas are eligible for the internship under Curricular Practice Training (CPT). Candidates should not apply for CPT unless they have been accepted for the position.


In order to apply, please prepare a single pdf file (labeled with your last name and submission date; i.e. bellows_2020-1-30.pdf) containing a current curriculum vitae (CV), a single page cover letter, stating your interest and desired benefits you would like to get out of the internship experience, and an unofficial transcript from your university. To apply, fill out an application and upload your documents at ...A link for documentation upload....


Applications must be submitted electronically through the link provided above, no later than 11:59 PM EST, on February 7, 2019. Decisions regarding acceptance will be e-mailed to candidates by March 6, 2020.


If you have any questions please e-mail LSinternship@kaplan.com with the subject line "2020 Psychometric Internship Question".


New York, NY, USA

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Kaplan is an Equal Opportunity Employer

About Kaplan, Inc.

Kaplan Professional, based in Chicago, provides education, certification and professional development courses for financial services, IT, legal, real estate, architecture, engineering, contracting and home inspection professionals and corporations. In addition, Kaplan Professional provides comprehensive licensing and compliance solutions to top financial institutions around the world. Offering an array of educational tools, from on-site training and classroom instruction to over 600 online courses, Kaplan Professional serves individuals who must maintain licenses and comply with regulatory mandates. Kaplan Professional is a unit of Kaplan, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO).

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