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Summer Policy Research Internship
Advocates for Children of New York
Advocates for Children of New York, Inc. (AFC) is a not-for-profit organization that works in partnership with New York City's most disadvantaged families to secure quality public education services. AFC works on behalf of children and youth who are at greatest risk of academic failure due to poverty, race, ethnicity, disability, homelessness, immigration status/limited English proficiency, or involvement in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems. We use uniquely integrated strategies to advance systemic reform, empower families and communities, and advocate for the educational rights of individual students.
AFC seeks a Summer Policy Research Intern for 8-12 weeks to support collection, analysis and reporting of data designed to evaluate the progress and impact of New York public schools. This internship is unpaid. This project will help AFC gain improved access to the latest data on the schooling experiences of the students we serve. As a result of this work, we will be able to respond to internal data requests more efficiently and engage more quickly in policy debates as informed participants.
The Policy Research Intern will work closely with AFC’s Policy Analyst and will:
• Assist with the compilation of quantitative data from New York State Education Department, New York City Department of Education, and other agencies that retain publicly available data on New York public schools and their students;
• Organize and clean a wide variety of data related to school and student outcomes as well as document decisions related to data collection, processing, analysis, and reporting; and
• Analyze quantitative data and summarize findings in charts, graphs, and narrative, as appropriate.
• Bachelor's degree in a social science field (e.g. psychology/social work, political science/policy, economics), with experience in research and data analysis. Graduate school intern preferred.
• At least two years of relevant research experience preferred.
• Strong analytical skills, comfort working with large data sets, and confidence in applying research techniques, including:
• Quantitative data management, statistical analysis, and presentation;
• Highly proficient use of Excel, MS Access, and Stata;
• Development and application of systematic protocols and decision rules to clean and manage data from secondary sources; and
• Review and synthesis of research findings in education and/or social sciences (e.g. psychology/social work, sociology, political science/policy.
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
• Ability to work independently and take the initiative to present thoughtful questions, offer creative solutions, and recognize opportunities for improvement.
• Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills with the capacity to operate efficiently in a collaborative setting.
• Excellent writing skills.
• Interest in education policy and public education, as well as a commitment to AFC's mission of improving educational outcomes for disadvantaged students.
How TO APPLY:
Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Christian Villenas, Policy Analyst at cvillenas@advocatesforchildren .org by no later than Friday, March 1, 2013.
AFC is an affirmative action employer that actively seeks to recruit and retain a diverse staff and especially encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, persons of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or gender expressions and persons of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.