Intern Research & Quality Improvement

Position Overview: Parents as Teachers offers multiple internship opportunities for public health and social work graduate students with the Research and Evaluation Department at the Parents as Teachers National Center in St. Louis. Parents as Teachers National Center not only focuses on enhancing child development but the wellness of the child and the entire family. A sample of projects that interns may assist with are below.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct literature and evidence reviews on the impact of home visiting models both specific to Parents as Teachers and general to the field and document themes and outcomes related to parenting practice, parent-child interaction, child development, family engagement, community engagement, and more

  • Provide data collection and evaluation technical assistance to affiliates

  • Data collection, entry and management

  • Assist with analyzing and summarizing data

  • Dissemination products such as reports, fact sheets, and presentations

Project Descriptions:

Working with Tribal Communities
Evaluation and research is being done on Parents as Teachers National Center programs throughout the country. Parents as Teachers National Center has been working closely with tribal communities for over three decades. Our tribal program is referred to as FACE and is funded through the Bureau of Indian Education. The Parents as Teachers National Center provides technical assistance to FACE programs in tribal schools implementing the Parents as Teachers Model as well as evaluation support. 

  • Interns can support many of the evaluation activities currently taking place as well as planning for future evaluation components. Evaluation team members are looking closely at how FACE programs and Parent Educations adapt the standard Parents as Teachers National Center material to best fit the population they serve.

  • An intern working on this project will help with qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, help report on what is currently being done to meet the needs of tribal families and assist in getting the work out to constituents about how the tribal work is progressing.

Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visitation
Parents as Teachers is one of a handful of models that is approved for use under the federal Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program. The Parents as Teachers National Center administers the MIECHV program in Wyoming, therefore working closely with three Wyoming Parents as Teachers Programs. The role of PATNC includes collecting and interpreting data from the local Parents as Teachers National Center affiliates. 

  • This intern will be in supporting the analysis of Wyoming MIECHV data, develop data summaries and looking for trends in the data.

  • The intern will also be responsible for keeping up on any evaluation or research information coming out the various programs nationally.

Virtual Parents as Teachers Program
The research and evaluation department at the Parents as Teachers National center works closely with the University of Southern California’s (USC) school of social work on a pilot project that provides Parents as Teachers National Center services through a virtual platform. 

  • An intern on this project would support qualitative and quantitative data collection, analysis, and reporting.

  • Assist with the development of interview and survey questions, analyzing data for trends over time and working on white papers or publications to disseminate information on the performance of the telehealth pilot.

Affiliate Process, Program and Outcomes Data
The Parents as Teachers National Center collects and manages program and service delivery data from over 1400 affiliate programs across the country yearly. All affiliates must complete an Affiliate Performance Report. Affiliate programs often have questions and barriers to completing these reports and Parents as Teachers National Center must manage, organize, analyze and report on the data collected.

  • Interns have the opportunity to work to support affiliate programs when completed required data reporting, summarizing data in a variety of ways, look for trends and differences based on the characteristics of programs, geography, and population served.

  • Yearly data is packaged in a number of ways that support other activities such as advocacy, developments and program growth.

  • Interns can also assist with a pilot program that is investigating the best way to collect and utilize outcomes data from affiliates. Interpreting data and disseminating findings from the pilot will need to take place.

Education and/or Experience: 

  • Enrolled in a Master’s program for social work, public health, psychology, or education.

Computer Skills: 

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual should have proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) and knowledge of SPSS desired but not required.

Language Skills: 

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.

  • Ability to analyze, synthesize, and summarize information accurately and clearly.

  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.

  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Work Environment: 

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

**Please note that this internship will evolve as Parents as Teachers National Center opportunities evolve. This intern experience description is not intended to limit the experience to items listed on this page. As the student identifies areas that he/she would like to grow in, we will make every effort to ensure that they gather the desired experience(s) necessary to be successful in their careers.


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae, along with names and contact information of three references, to