Susan Kistler on the AEA Graduate Education Diversity Internship

Susan Kistler here, AEA’s Executive Director and Saturday contributor for aea365. I’m excited to be able to share this week that AEA is now taking applications for the AEA Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI) Program. The goals of GEDI are to:

  • Expand the pool of graduate students of color and from other underrepresented groups who have extended their research capacities to evaluation.
  • Stimulate evaluation thinking concerning underrepresented communities and culturally responsive evaluation.
  • Deepen the evaluation profession’s capacity to work in racially, ethnically and culturally diverse settings.

GEDI Interns are graduate students enrolled in a masters or doctoral-level program in the United States. Interns may come from a variety of disciplines, including public health, education, political science, anthropology, psychology, sociology, social work, and the natural sciences. Their commonality is a strong background in research skills, an interest in extending their capacities to the field of evaluation, and a commitment to thinking deeply about culturally responsive evaluation practice.

I am writing to the aea365 network to ask you to help spread the word about this wonderful opportunity. We anticipate 8-10 GEDI placements for the 2011/2012 academic year.

Hot Tip: GEDI work two days per week, October-June, in an internship placement near their institution and receive an $8,000 stipend as well as free travel to four training opportunities including the AEA Annual Conference and the AEA/CDC Summer Evaluation Institute. Throughout the program, there are opportunities for mentoring, networking, and professional development.

Hot Tip: Be sure to review the application for full eligibility requirements and an explanation of the program components

Hot Tip: If you are applying, start your application now as it can take a couple of weeks to compile materials.

Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this aea365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the aea365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to submit an aea365 Tip? Please send a note of interest to aea365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators.

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