Pell Internship Application

Internship Overview:

The Pell Institute Internship is a research experience that offers graduate students the opportunity to develop or refine research skills and cultivate an understanding of the nexus between education research, public policy, and educational practice. The internship can be 4, 8, or 12 weeks and is open to graduate students interested in gaining research experience in higher education policy.

We accept applications throughout the year, but internships are only offered to qualified applicants as needed when opportunities arise. Internships at the Pell Institute are crafted around interns' skills and interests, and opportunities are available for both in-person and remote applicants. Interns may work closely with researchers at the Pell Institute, and, on occasion, assist Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) staff.

Responsibilities and Duties:

Interns can expect to engage in the following education research and policy analysis activities:

  • Conduct research for literature reviews.
  • Collect and analyze data for current projects.
  • Research and synthesize “best practices” for (a) supporting students' academic achievement, college persistence, and completion; (b) recruiting and enrolling students in college; and (c) transferring students from two-year to four-year postsecondary institutions.
  • Develop toolkits to support campus-wide retention initiatives and the evaluation of college access and success programs.
  • Identify and compile college student funding opportunities in a scholarship directory.
  • Survey and assess the use and impact of college access curricula.
  • Provide research and analytical support for COE on federal TRIO programs.


  • Applicant must be a current graduate student or must have completed a graduate program within the past few months at the time of applying.
  • Interns should be highly motivated, organized, and able to work well independently.

Application Materials:

To apply, please complete this form and attach the following required items: 

  • Cover letter (not to exceed two pages) describing your interest in the internship, background and experiences, research focus, and future professional goals.
  • CV/resume
  • Up to 3 professional or academic references.
Applications are reviewed upon submission. Only complete applications will be reviewed.


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