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Date Updated: March 6, 2019

Summer Internship in Assessment Science and Psychometrics


The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that serves the public by developing, administering, and conducting research on high-quality assessments for healthcare professionals.

The NBME offers an annual 8 week internship for 3-4 doctoral level students in Assessment Science / Psychometrics, to be held during early summer. The program provides promising scholars an opportunity to work with experienced test developers and/or psychometricians on one or more projects.

NBME programs include the United States Medical Licensing Examination®; an extensive offering of achievement tests for courses offered by medical schools; and numerous client examinations in medicine and other health professions. The variety of assessment programs creates a wealth of data and opportunities for applied and theoretical research that can impact practice.

The NBME employs approximately 30 doctoral level psychometricians and assessment scientists, as well as several MDs specializing in medical education. Staff is recognized internationally for its expertise in statistical analysis, psychometrics, and test development.

Interns will interact with other graduate students and NBME staff, and will present completed projects or work-in-progress to NBME staff. Internships typically result in conference presentations (e.g., NCME) and sometimes lead to publication or dissertation topics.


  • Active enrollment in doctoral program in measurement, statistics, cognitive science, medical education, or related field; completion of two or more years of graduate coursework.
  • Experience or coursework in one or more of the following: test development, IRT, CTT, statistics, research design, and cognitive science. Advanced knowledge of topics such as equating, generalizability theory, or Bayesian methodology is helpful. Skill in writing and presenting research. Working knowledge of statistical software (e.g., Winsteps, BILOG; SPSS, SAS, or R).
  • Interns will be assigned to one or more mentors, but must be able to work independently.
  • Must be authorized to work in the US for any employer. If selected, F-1 holders will need to apply for Curricular Practical Training authorization through their school’s international student office, and have a social security number for payroll purposes.


Compensation for the 8 weeks is offered, and is intended to cover salary and all major expenses (food, housing, travel).

Research Projects

Interns will help define a research problem; review related studies; conduct data analyses (real and/or simulated data); and write a summary report suitable for presentation. Specific research projects will be updated annually during the Call for Applications.

Call for Applications

The Call for Applications are announced in early December on this site and distributed to members of AERA and NCME, as well as on NBME’s social media. Internship offers will be made in late February/early March, with the internships commencing in June.

For more information, please contact The Office of Research.


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