NBME’s Assessment Science and Psychometrics eight-week internship program provides students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and mentorship.

Su Somay and Christopher Runyon

NBME’s Assessment Science and Psychometrics eight-week internship program provides students enrolled in doctoral programs in measurement, statistics, cognitive science, medical education or a related field the opportunity to pair with seasoned NBME mentors on a research project.

NBME employs approximately 30 doctoral level psychometricians and assessment scientists, as well as several MDs specializing in medical education. These employees are recognized internationally for their expertise in statistical analysis, psychometrics, and test development.

Interns will interact with other graduate students and NBME professionals and will present completed projects or work-in-progress to NBME employees. The expected deliverables from the summer internship project are an internal research presentation, as well as a conference submission / presentation (AERA, NCME, AAMC, etc.) and/or a paper submitted for publication.


  • Active enrollment in doctoral program in measurement, statistics, computer science, 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.