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Explore careers in policy research and evaluation

The Ohio Education Research Center — a collaborative of the John Glenn College and the Center for Human Resource Research — offers an internship program for Glenn College rising juniors and seniors. The program is designed for students interested in exploring careers in policy research and evaluation. Students will receive instruction on data based methods to investigate policy problems, and be assigned to a partner state agency in Columbus for the summer. The program allows students to discover the exciting work that the Ohio Education Research Center and its affiliate partners are engaged in, and to give students practical experience with theory they learn in college classes.

Curriculum

Students will engage in a combination of formal classroom and lab training, self-study, and work with agency partners. The basic curriculum design is as follows:

May: Classroom based training (Introduction to Data Science in Public Sector, Review of OLDA data system, accessing procedures for OLDA data, security training); Self-Study (Stata Manual). Students will receive 3 credits from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and be required to register for a course for the 4-week summer session (course number to be determined). Part of the curriculum will include field trips to Data centers in state and local government in Ohio.

June: In class test given to students. Passing the test is required to continue to the paid internship component of the component. The test will review critical theoretical and practical content knowledge required to carry out a statistical analysis within a state government context and make a presentation to an agency official.

During the May term students will be matched with an alumnus from the Glenn College (or other OSU department) working in a Data Science capacity in state, local or federal government. They will meet with the individual in order to have the opportunity to ask informal questions about career preparation in Data Science.

During the May term students will also receive a login to a website that will form the basis for communication with the other students and professionals involved in the program.

Students will be assigned to an agency research office for two months (June and July). Working with an agency partner they will perform basic and applied research on policy relevant topics. Agencies might include the Ohio Departments of Education, Higher Education, Job and Family Services, or other agencies.

During the agency internship students will participate in a weekly seminar with Glenn College/CHRR and OERC staff/faculty. These weekly seminar sessions will provide an opportunity to learn more advanced data science techniques and serve as a “learning lab” – where students can get help from staff on ongoing issues that arise in the internship site.

Students in the internship will be expected to participate in the Summer Research Internship Program and present at the Fall Forum in September.

Eligibility

In order to take the internship, you should be from a relevant discipline that includes both social science research methods and some basic computer programming skills. The selection committee will examine transcripts and prior work experience and look for a combination of the following, courses/skills in education policy, some exposure to evaluation and economics courses, and some experience with statistical programming such as STATA or R. Preference will be given to Glenn College students who have taken at least 3010, 3000, and a statistics class.

Application
Please provide resume with phone number and email contact. In addition, please print off a copy of the OSU transcript and include with your file. Send a single PDF with the application as page 1, your resume, and the transcript to Joshua Hawley at hawley.32@osu.edu. Interviews will be held by March 15 and you will be notified of a decision by April 1.

Staff

Josh Hawley, Faculty Director
Phone: 614-247-8140
Email: hawley.32@osu.edu

Lauren Porter, Staff Contact
Phone: 614-247-6498
Email: porter.700@osu.edu

Current Interns

Meg Collyer

Meg Collyer

Meg Collyer is an incoming fourth year student in the Glenn College studying public policy and economics with a specialization in education policy. She has previous experience with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education as well as the Ohio Student Education Policy Institute. Meg also participated in Ohio Student Education Policy Institute. This summer she will be working as a data analytics intern this summer at the Ohio Department of Higher Education, using predictive analytics to understand the impact of specific course performance (ie, A,A-,B+, B, B- rather than pass-fail) in first two years on a student’s likelihood of graduating from an Ohio public 2 or 4-year institution

Daniel Gluck

Daniel Gluck

Daniel Gluck is an incoming fourth year student in the Glenn College at Ohio State University, majoring in Public Policy Analysis and minoring in Engineering Sciences though the College of Engineering. He is originally from Long Island, New York. This summer he is working as a data analyst with the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services to study the costs and benefits of various programs within the agency.

Levi Griffith

Levi Griffith

Levi Griffith is an undergraduate student from Niles, Ohio studying Public Management, Leadership, and Policy. This summer he will be working with the Ohio Housing Finance Agency as a Program Analyst for their Lease-Purchase Housing Program, geared toward extending lower-income individuals the opportunity to purchase a home after completion of a 15 year lease for that property.

Kacie Ziemann

Kacie Ziemann

Kacie Ziemann is a rising fourth year at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. Originally from Chicago, she came to Ohio State to study public policy analysis with a specialization in urban policy and management and an economics minor. Kacie will be working at the Ohio Department of Education this summer as a data analytics intern. During her internship she will be working with the National Student Clearinghouse Data.




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