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:

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 2018 (May 9 – June 4), 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 Glenn College and be required to register for a course for the May session of Summer Semester. Part of the curriculum will include field trips to Data centers in state and local government in Ohio.


May 2018 (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 May 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 by March 1, 2019. Interviews will be held by March 15 and you will be notified of a decision by March 30.

Staff

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

2019 Class

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Maddie Dewhirst

Maddie Dewhirst is a rising senior at Ohio State, pursuing a major in Public Management Leadership and Policy with a specialization in Policy Analysis and a minor in Society and Environmental Issues. She is from the Columbus, Ohio area and has always been passionate about government and data analysis. This summer, Maddie will be working with the Ohio Department of Education, analyzing data to better understand the issue of equity regarding AP courses across the state.

See Maddie's poster.
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Allyson Calhoun

Allyson Calhoun is a rising third year student in Ohio State’s Honors College from Schenectady, New York. She is pursuing a double major in Public Policy Analysis and Political Science with a specialization in Political Analysis, as well as a minor in Spanish. Growing up in a city with high poverty rates, Allyson saw many individuals and families struggle to find safe, stable, and affordable housing. She developed a passion for housing and volunteered on several build sites with Habitat for Humanity in her own neighborhood. As a student at Ohio State, Allyson has worked on a housing code enforcement project with the Columbus City Council and had the opportunity to learn more about housing policy at the Glenn College. She is excited to build on what she has learned doing data analysis at the Ohio Housing Finance Agency this summer. She will be working on a project to increase understanding of the employment patterns among OHFA tenants and the extent to which their housing placements impact their employment opportunities and outcomes.

See Allyson's poster.
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Stephen Listisen

Stephen Listisen is a rising fourth year student at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, pursuing a double major in Public Policy Analysis and Economics, with a specialization in Education Policy. He is originally from Youngstown, Ohio, and has experience working as an undergraduate research assistant on the Education Governance and Accountability Project though the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. This summer, Stephen will be working with the Ohio Department of Higher Education to better understand available data on trends in student debt, both nationally and in the state of Ohio.

See Stephen's poster.
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James Schiering

James Schiering is an upcoming Freshman at The Ohio State University, intending to major in Actuarial Science. He is from the Worthington, Ohio area and has always had an interest in Data Analysis; this summer he will be working with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to help better understand Co-Enrollment in multiple state programs and the benefits that can be gained from it.

See Jame's poster.
2019 Research Presentations
Individual presentations and a poster session marked the completion of the 2019 Ohio Education Research Center (OERC) Public Sector Data Analysis Internship Program. 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 the theory they learn in college classes.

For interns Maddie Dewhirst, Allyson Calhoun, Stephen Listisen and James Schiering the presentations culminates a summer beginning with instruction in data use in policy settings, data management and manipulation, and data analysis techniques. After the classroom instruction, interns worked in state agencies alongside policy staff to tackle research projects posed by the agencies, which will aid development of agency-specific policies moving forward.

The successful completion of the Public Sector Data Analysis Internship and the students’ experiences in state agencies is an example of the collaboration between the Glenn College and state agencies belonging to the Ohio Analytics data partnership. Providing a unique experience to produce timely and unique research responsive to agency needs while employed in a state agency setting, the Public Sector Data Analysis Internship will be recruiting for its second cohort of interns in the coming months.


Individual presentations and a poster session marked the completion of the 2018 Ohio Education Research Center (OERC) Public Sector Data Analysis Internship Program. 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 the theory they learn in college classes.

Interns Benjamin Stone, Jarod Wade, Stacy George, Natalie Hurst, and Aaron Kelley presented their research to representatives from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD), Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA), and the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE).

The presentation culminates a summer beginning with instruction in data use in policy settings, data management and manipulation, and data analysis techniques. After the classroom instruction, interns worked in state agencies alongside policy staff to tackle research projects posed by the agencies, which will aid development of agency-specific policies moving forward.

The successful completion of the Public Sector Data Analysis Internship and the students’ experiences in state agencies is an example of the collaboration between the Glenn College and state agencies belonging to the Ohio Analytics data partnership. Providing a unique experience to produce timely and unique research responsive to agency needs while employed in a state agency setting, the Public Sector Data Analysis Internship will be recruiting for its second cohort of interns in the coming months.

Posters: Benjamin Stone, Jarod Wade, Stacy George, Natalie Hurst, Aaron Kelley



Individual presentations and a poster session on August 4 marked the completion of the first year of the Ohio Education Research Center (OERC) Public Sector Data Analysis Internship Program. This program, developed by Joshua Hawley, 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 the theory they learn in college classes.

The four interns — Meg Collyer, Daniel Gluck, Levi Griffith and Kacie Ziemann — presented their final research findings to over twenty decision makers from Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Ohio Housing Finance Agency, Ohio Department of Higher Education, and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities.

This presentation culminates a summer beginning with instruction in data use in policy settings, data management and manipulation, and data analysis techniques. After the classroom instruction, interns worked in state agencies alongside policy staff to tackle research projects posed by the agencies, which will aid development of agency-specific policies moving forward.

Public Sector Data Analysis Internship projects included exploration of college-going habits of Ohio high school graduates in public and private colleges, outcomes of properties involved in a lend-lease program, impact of early grades on likelihood of college completion, and a county-level fiscal analysis of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act programs in comparison to individuals receiving unemployment insurance benefits.

The successful completion of the Public Sector Data Analysis Internship and the students’ experiences in state agencies is an example of the collaboration between the Glenn College and state agencies belonging to the Ohio Analytics data partnership. Providing a unique experience to produce timely and unique research responsive to agency needs while employed in a state agency setting, the Public Sector Data Analysis Internship will be recruiting for its second cohort of interns in the coming months.




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