Internship Program

Intern with Michigan Language Assessment

The Michigan Language Assessment internship program provides professional training and research opportunities to English language teaching professionals and graduate students. The primary selection criteria are the applicant’s qualifications and experience, as well as how well the applicant’s interests match with our priorities.

For questions about the internship program or the application, email

In light of the pandemic, Michigan Language Assessment has not yet decided whether or not to host interns in 2021. Once there is new information we will make it available on this page and through other channels. Please do feel free to periodically check back for any updates.

Quick Facts About the Internship Program

Applications must be received by Friday, January 31, 2020. Applications are submitted using the online application form. Shortlisted applicants are invited to participate in a short telephone interview.

Applications are welcome from English language teaching professionals with an interest in second or foreign language assessment and graduate students who are studying linguistics, foreign language assessment, education, psychology, psychometrics, or related fields. Successful applicants work closely with Michigan Language Assessment teams on English language assessment tasks and projects that are appropriate to their interests and skills. The specific content and goals of each internship are determined on an individual basis.

Interns are involved in activities related to the design and construction of language assessments, which may include item writing and review, quality assurance activities, and test development projects. Interns also have the opportunity to contribute to a variety of test review and research activities, which may include research design, data collection and analysis, and documenting results.

Internships take place from May through August, and they typically last eight to twelve weeks. The length of each internship depends on its content and goals. Interns receive a salary of up to $2,400 per month, prorated based on internship length.

In accordance with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations, successful applicants must show proof of their legal right to be employed in the United States. All interns sign a nondisclosure agreement at the start of the internship. Interns who participate in research projects also sign an agreement confirming the security of data and materials and the terms and conditions governing the publication of research results. Interns must also prepare a work report at the conclusion of their internship.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the dates of the internship flexible?

Internships last between eight and twelve weeks and must take place from May through August. Interns are expected to work thirty hours per week. Requests for time off during the internship are subject to prior approval.

Do I have to complete the internship at Michigan Language Assessment’s offices?

In most cases, internships need to be completed at Michigan Language Assessment’s offices in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

What are the housing arrangements?

Interns are responsible for their accommodation. Successful applicants receive an accommodation contacts list and make their own housing arrangements.

What are the transportation arrangements?

All interns receive a temporary M-Card that provides free bus transportation by the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA) and the University of Michigan bus systems. The Ann Arbor area offers a well-developed bus network, and our offices are close to the Blake Transit Center in Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan campus.

Can international students apply for internships?

In accordance with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations, successful applicants must show proof of their legal right to be employed in the United States. If an applicant holds an F1 student visa and is offered an internship, the applicant must apply for a practical training certificate to receive payment for the internship. In this case, the applicant should speak with the international advisor at his or her university to apply for a practical training certificate. The process can take up to six weeks. International students residing in their home countries are not eligible for Michigan Language Assessment internships.

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