Internship - Civil Rights in Education

May 30, 2018

The Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) program is seeking interns for fall 2018. Do you know an undergraduate or graduate student that may be interested? If so, please forward them this information and encourage them to apply as soon as possible! OCR is currently accepting applications and the acceptance period will close once the slots are filled (

The CRDC interns will benefit from an opportunity to work on a large-scale data collection focused on civil rights enforcement. CRDC interns will work closely with CRDC program staff on a variety of assignments and special projects related to the CRDC. CRDC interns work directly with CRDC staff and leadership and will have the opportunity to attend meetings and events on a range of topics. Interns can expect to conduct research on education issues and policies related to civil rights laws and enforcement, conduct data analyses, review and comment on statistical reports, draft technical memoranda and responses to public inquiries, and assist in developing and drafting technical and statistical reports for lay audiences. This is an volunteer, unpaid, internship, however interns can seek course credit.

Since 1968, the U.S. Department of Education (the Department) has conducted the Civil Rights Data Collection to collect data on key education and civil rights issues in our nation's public schools. The collection was formerly administered as the Elementary and Secondary School Survey (E&S Survey). The CRDC collects a variety of information including student enrollment and educational programs and services, most of which is disaggregated by race/ethnicity, sex, limited English proficiency, and disability. The CRDC is a longstanding and important aspect of the Department’s Office for Civil Rights overall strategy for administering and enforcing the civil rights statutes for which it is responsible. Information collected by the CRDC is also used by other Department offices as well as policymakers and researchers outside of the Department. The CRDC team is in the Program Legal Group at OCR.

Qualifications: Currently matriculating at an undergraduate or graduate institution working towards a degree and in academic good standing at the time of application. Candidates with strong knowledge and skills in a full range of statistical theories and techniques, including methods for collecting, computing, and analyzing large-scale data sets; and applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance, are preferred.

Compensation: Volunteer (without compensation). Course credit is available depending upon school requirements.

Application Deadline: OCR is currently accepting applications for fall 2018 internships.

Contact Information: To apply for an internship to work with the CRDC team, in the Program Legal Group, please email a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample with "CRDC Team" in the subject line of the message.

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