College Prep Initiatives Data Intern

Position Description

College Preparation Initiatives (CPI) represents the "to" category of the Emma Bloomberg Center for Access & Opportunity comprised of the Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP) and the Princeton Summer Journalism Program (PSJP). The CPI Data Intern project would serve in helping the CPI team understand the latest trends in college admissions for the students they serve. The project would involve collecting and analyzing data about the college admissions process for the past 3-4 cohorts of both PUPP and PSJP. Data could include but is not limited to: transcripts, testing (test results, test optional admissions, submissions), applications, admissions results, matriculation, financial offers, etc. The project may also involve initial survey work around college experience/persistence.   

 

Apply By April 22nd 11:59 PM EDT.

 

Internship Position

CPI Data Intern 

 

Maximum Number of Positions

1

 

Supervising Mentor

Dr. Jason Klugman, Senior Director College Preparation Initiatives, Director of the Princeton University Preparatory Program

Skills You Will Need to Begin This Position

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Experience with Microsoft excel/google sheets and a curiosity about learning more about using spreadsheets in data collection and analysis;
  • Interest in college access and success programming for first generation/lower-income students;
  • Ability to work independently through to project completion • Strong critical thinking and time management skills
  • Desire to learn and flexible approach to project management and completion

Skills You Will Develop

  • Improve written and verbal communication skills - will be developed through the course of the summer through engagement with ASAP community and CPI team;
  • Develop increasing competence with Microsoft excel/google sheets - will be developed through the course of the summer through engagement with ASAP community and CPI team
  • Robust knowledge of college access and success programming for first generation/lower-income students - will be developed through the course of the summer through engagement with ASAP community and CPI team

Careers Related to This Internship

 

  • Education - teaching and assessment (k-12 and higher education) \
  • Research in the social sciences

 

Eligibility

The College Preparation Initiatives (CPI) team in the Emma Bloomberg Center for Access & Opportunity seeks candidates for a summer data internship focusing on recent trends in college admissions for students in two college access programs. The college access programs serve students from first generation and low-income backgrounds. The programs seek to prepare students to admission to and success with selective colleges and universities. Over the past 4 years, the landscape of college admissions has changed dramatically with the wave of test optional policies coming into place during the COVID19 pandemic (and recent re-instatement of testing requirements by select schools) and the 2023 Supreme Court decision that eliminated Affirmative Action in the college admissions process.

Candidates should have a curiosity about college access and success for first generation and lower-income students, including knowledge about the various components of the college admissions process. Candidates should be comfortable reading and researching about college admissions and college access, as well as collecting, organizing, and analyzing data in multiple forms about the process. Data may include high school transcripts, college application records and results, standardized testing profiles, matriculation, financial aid, persistence, and college experience.

Candidates should be motivated to learn about both the field of college access and success, and general practices of social science research; including reviewing literature in the field, data collection and analysis, survey development and analysis.

Materials Needed to Apply

  1. Resume/CV
  2. A statement of interest detailing the following: (You may format the statement as a personal statement or a cover letter, whichever is most comfortable for you. In either case, write the statement in paragraph prose, with a cohesive narrative flow, rather than as a numbered list or a series of short answers.)
    1. What your future goals are
    2. Why you care about those things
    3. Why you and this project are a good fit (including both what you might contribute to the project and how this work could advance your future goals)
    4. What your approach would be to getting started with one or more of those areas this summer
  3. Candidates selected as finalists should be available for a brief conversation via Zoom.

 

Contact Information 

Should you have questions or concerns about this internship, please reach out to Dr. Jason Klugman

Apply By April 22nd 11:59 PM EDT.