CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
AEA GRADUATE EDUCATION DIVERSITY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (GEDIP)
DEADLINE: Friday, June 21, 2010
The American Evaluation Association welcomes applications for its Graduate
Education Diversity Internship (GEDI) Program that provides paid internships and
training opportunities for academic year 2010/2011. The GEDI program works to
engage and support students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the
field of evaluation. The goals of GEDI are to:
- Expand the pool of graduate students of color and from other underrepresented
groups who have extended their research capacities to evaluation.
- Stimulate evaluation thinking concerning underrepresented communities and
culturally responsive evaluation.
- Deepen the evaluation profession's capacity to work in racially, ethnically and
culturally diverse settings.
Interns may come from a variety of disciplines, including public health,
education, political science, anthropology, psychology, sociology, social work,
and the natural sciences. Their commonality is a strong background in research
skills, an interest in extending their capacities to the field of evaluation,
and a commitment to thinking deeply about culturally responsive evaluation
Building on the training content described below, the
Interns work the equivalent of approximately two days per
week at an internship site near their home institution from
October 1 to July 1. The interns may work on a single
evaluation project or multiple projects at the site, but all
internship work is focused on building skills and confidence
in real-world evaluation practices. Interns receive a
stipend of $8,000 in recognition of their internship work
based on completion of the internship and satisfactory
finalization of program requirements, including any
deliverables due to the host agency, progress reports, and
reflections on the internship experience.
Training and Networking Components: It is assumed that students come to
the program with basic qualitative and quantitative research
skills. The GEDI program then works to extend those skills
to evaluation through multiple activities:
A four-day intensive seminar, held in September in North
Carolina, provides an orientation that expands the
student's knowledge and understanding of critical issues
in evaluation, including thinking about building
evaluation capacities to work across cultures and
diverse groups. The interns complete a self-assessment
in the Fall, clarifying their own goals during program
AEA Annual Conference.
Interns will spend a week November 10-13 in San Antonio
at the American Evaluation Association annual
conference. While there, they attend (a) pre- and
post-conference workshops selected to fill gaps in their
knowledge and skills, (b) conference sessions exploring
the breadth and depth of the field, (c) multiple
networking events to connect them with senior
colleagues. The interns also conduct a small-service
learning project in the form of an evaluation of one
component of the conference.
A three-day seminar, held in February (at a location to
be determined) provides the students with additional
training, coaching on their evaluation projects, and
panel discussions with evaluation practitioners working
in a range of contexts.
Interns will have the opportunity to provide support to
an agency's evaluation activities in close proximity to
their graduate institution. Interns will provide three
updates on their evaluation project activities as part
of the internship program, describing and reflecting on
the application of their evaluation knowledge to the
actual project activities.
The students gather each month for a two-hour webinar to
check in on evaluation projects and site placements, add
to existing skill-sets, and learn from invited guest
AEA/CDC Summer Evaluation Institute. The program ends with
attendance at the Summer Evaluation Institute held in
Atlanta each June. There, students once again connect
and finalize project reporting, attend training
workshops, and participate in a graduation ceremony.
Specific Support Mechanisms:
Interns are supported by colleagues at school, at their site
placements, and within the sponsoring association:
An Academic Advisor.
The academic advisor at the Intern's home institution
supports and coordinates coursework and other
activities, while helping to integrate the internship
program with the student's plan of study.
A Sponsoring Agency.
Students generally are matched with sponsoring agencies
near their graduate institution that provide the
opportunity to perform evaluation activities compatible
with students' research interests and skills. Last year
among the 90 applicants, nine interns were competitively
selected. Seven GEDI interns were placed based on
available sponsorships in the following cities: Atlanta
(2), Baltimore/Washington (2), Seattle (1), NY/NJ (1),
and Chapel Hill (1). The program then matched the two
remaining top applicants with cooperating agencies near
their graduate institutions. Similar placements are
expected this year. GEDI is currently finalizing sponsor
recruitment for 2010-11; sponsors pay Intern's $8,000
stipend, plus travel and training costs to the four
A colleague at the host site with evaluation experience
acts as a guide and mentor throughout the program.
GEDI Program Co-chairs.
The GEDI program co-chairs, Dr. Rita O'Sullivan
(University of North Carolina) and Dr. Michelle Jay
(University of South Carolina), are experienced
evaluators who oversee the curriculum and site
placements. Throughout the internship the co-chairs are
available to guide, advise, and support the interns in
achieving their professional goals and the goals of the
AEA staff provide logistical support throughout the
internship. Post-internship, they work to connect
program graduates with opportunities for leadership,
participation, and networking within the association.
The GEDI cohort uses an online community space for
checking in, turning in updates, asking questions, and
Interns receive support from advisors and mentors, quality training focused on
evaluation, real-world work experience, registration waivers and guidance at two
professional evaluation conferences, and multiple opportunities for professional
networking. In recognition of the time involved in the program (approximately 2
days per week), each intern also receives an $8,000 stipend and is reimbursed
for major travel expenses related to the program (airfare and hotel
We seek students who are NOT already enrolled in an
evaluation program/specialization or pursuing an evaluation
Are enrolled in a masters or doctoral-level program and
have completed the equivalent of one full year of
graduate level coursework;
Have already been exposed to research methods and
substantive issues in their field of expertise;
Demonstrate via written essays the relevance of
evaluation training to their career plans and their
commitment to culturally responsive practice;
Are eligible to work in the United States (non-U.S.
citizens will be asked to provide documentation of
Have support from his/her academic advisor.
Criteria for Selection:
The interns will be selected based on their completed applications, materials
provided, and subsequent finalist interviews focusing on:
Their thinking around and commitment to culturally
responsive evaluation practice;
The alignment between their skills, aspirations, locale,
and internship site placement needs;
The quality of their academic, extracurricular, and
personal experiences as preparation for GEDI; and
Their capacity to carry out and complete the program,
including support from an academic advisor.
apply: Download the GEDI Application and return all requested materials via
email as described on that document on or before June 21, 2010. Please note that
it may take a few weeks to compile the requested information and thus we
recommend that you begin as soon as possible before the deadline.
We recommend beginning by reviewing our Frequently Asked Questions Page. Should you have further questions, please contact Dr. Rita
O'Sullivan via email at email@example.com regarding the program.