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Host an Evaluation Graduate Education Diversity Intern

Posted by
James Bell
March 23, 2018

The American Evaluation Association (AEA) is searching for host sites for  AEA's Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI) Program. Host sites provide meaningful evaluation project work and mentoring to interns. GEDI Interns are among the best and brightest graduate students in the country who are learning through the internship to transfer their strong inquiry skills to real-life situations in organizations, agencies, and firms.

Hosting a GEDI at your organization is a unique opportunity to help build evaluation's future through fostering the professional growth of an intern from a background under-represented in the field. A number of host sites have found the GEDI experience so positive as to invite their intern to continue in a part- or full-time capacity upon completion of the internship.

Interns work two days per week at your organization, September through June. Finalists are selected by an advisory team based on the applicant's capacity and interests as well as the needs of the site. Sites then interview the geographically matched candidates and select from the most qualified candidates in their region.

Host site obligations include:

  • Providing a meaningful evaluation internship experience
  • Identifying a staff member with significant evaluation experience to serve as an on-site mentor
  • Paying directly to the intern the $10,000 stipend and to AEA the $10,000 program participation costs

Interested in hosting an intern? Complete the  site questionnaire and send your completed material to Zachary Grays at  zgrays@eval.org by Wednesday, April 18, 2018 to participate in this unique opportunity to work with tomorrow's leaders today!

Have additional questions about hosting an intern? Join GEDI Program Directors Dr. Rodney Hopson and Dr. Brandi Gilbert as they discuss the GEDI program experience from the host site perspective and answer your questions. This is an excellent opportunity to get an inside perspective on what it is like to support a scholar and expectations of a host site. We will be holding this webinar on two dates:

Friday, March 23, 2018 at 3:00 PM ET

Friday, March 30, 2018 at 12:00 PM ET

Please note that the Call for Interns will be available online and will be distributed in late March. 

"We have been absolutely delighted to participate as a GEDI host site for the past two years. Having a GEDI intern has supported our work as evaluators—our interns have shared emerging methods, new approaches, and different ways of thinking. We strongly believe that diversity makes us stronger as an organization—and we also believe this is true for the overall field of evaluation. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve as a host site and for the training and community provided to interns through the GEDI program."

-Katherine Locke, TCC Group, Current Site Mentor