The Michigan Language Assessment internship program provides professional training and research opportunities to professionals and graduate students with an interest in language assessment. Successful applicants will work closely with Michigan Language Assessment teams on English language assessment tasks and projects that are appropriate to their interests and skills.

Interns will be involved in activities relating to the design and construction of language assessments. These can include item writing and review, quality assurance activities, and test development projects. Interns will also have the opportunity to contribute to a variety of test review and research activities. These activities may include research design, data collection and analysis, and the documentation of results.

The specific content and goals of each internship will be determined on an individual basis.

Duration and Funding

Internships will take place from May through August. The length of each internship will be dependent upon its content and goals, but internships are typically 8 to 12 weeks of work. Michigan Language Assessment will provide a salary of up to $2,400 per month, pro-rated for the length of the internship.

Important Dates

December 4, 2019 Announcement of program; application form becomes available online
January 31, 2020 Deadline for applications
March 14, 2020 Notification of results


Applications are welcome from graduate students who are studying language assessment, computational linguistics, psychometrics, education, or related fields, as well as from professionals with an interest in second or foreign language assessment. In accordance with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations, all successful applicants will be required to show proof of their legal right to accept employment in the United States.

Application Process

Applications must be received by Thursday, January 31, 2019. Applications should be completed using the online application form and must include:

  • Applicant name and contact information
  • Curriculum vitae (graduate students should submit a school transcript)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Contact information for two academic/professional references

If you have any questions, contact us at research@michiganassessment.org.

Evaluation Criteria

The main criteria for selection will be an applicant’s qualifications and experience, as well as matching interests with current Michigan Language Assessment priorities. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to participate in a short telephone interview.

Funding Conditions

Successful applicants will be required to show proof of their legal right to accept employment in the United States. All interns will sign a nondisclosure agreement at the start of the internship. If interns participate in research projects, they will also sign an agreement that confirms the security of data and materials, as well as the terms and conditions governing the publication of the results of the research.

Interns must also submit a report of their work at the end of their internship.