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.
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.