The Internship Experience

 Are you interested in Quantitative Psychology, Statistics, Measurement, or Assessment?

The Center for Assessment and Research Studies (CARS) periodically hosts summer and semester-long internships for undergraduates! Internship experiences include: 

  1. Assessment training in our Assessment 101 week-long workshop or Assessment Academy.  Interns take part in either a weeklong workshop or self-paced online module to learn assessment.
  2. Research Experience: The focus of the internship is on a research project under the mentorship of a faculty member in CARS.  Interns work hands-on with a practitioner doing research related to assessment, quantitative methods, or measurement. This is commonly catered to the interests of the intern. 

Other highlights include: 

  1. Meeting with current graduate students and faculty.  
  2. Learn about graduate school and potential employment 

Besides the fixed workshops, the day-to-day experiences for interns vary. Interns are set up with a desk in our graduate student office (if in-person) where they learn what graduate student life is like here at JMU. Typically, our interns work on their research projects and meet regularly with their mentors. Each intern has different work styles – some like more independent work and some prefer group work. We cater to both.

This internship is intended for students who want to perform research with the goal of enrolling in graduate school

Call for Interns: Summer 2021

The Center for Assessment and Research Studies and the Quantitative concentration within the Psychological Sciences program have multiple internship experiences for Summer 2021.  During these experiences, interns will learn about quantitative methods, assessment, how assessment is applied at JMU, and engage in research opportunities.  In the past, interns have been accepted and fully funded to present at regional and/or national conferences.  This is a great opportunity to experience research and learn quantitative methods! The internships will range between 6 and 8 weeks with flexible starting dates throughout the summer. These competitive internships fill up quickly so, please don’t wait to apply if you are interested! Questions or requests for more information can be sent to Brian Leventhal (

This internship is intended for students who have interest in quantitative psychology, measurement, or assessment.

 BIPOC, LGBTQ+, first-generation, or other diverse students are encouraged to apply.

Application Process

The application period for the 2021 summer internship is now closed.  

Selection criteria will include but is not limited to: interest and fit with the program. 

There will be a virtual-only option for Summer 2021.  

Open to current Sophomores and Juniors of all majors

Preference will given to students who have taken at least one course in statistics. 

Past Internship Projects
Intern Testimonials

I can confidently say that the large majority of my entire internship experience was incredible. 


The internship went above and beyond my expectations, especially for being remote. I am so impressed with everyone who worked hard to make sure that we received an amazing experience. 


This was a valuable experience and I will be recommending this to my psychology/statistics friends 

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