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Research & Quality Improvement Intern

Our Mission

Parents as Teachers promotes the optimal early development, learning and health of children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers.

What We Do

Parents as Teachers National Center is a nonprofit with a focus on the earliest years of life. We help other nonprofits implement evidence-based programs that improve the learning and health outcomes of children and families. While our business mainly revolves around the training, support and replication of our home visiting program nationally, we also have a small public policy team to help maintain and influence public decisions that keep our affiliates sustainable.

Research and Quality Internship/Practicum

Parents as Teachers offers multiple internship opportunities typically 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:

Supporting families experiencing mental health challenges

Parents as Teachers is working to better understand how home visiting can support families experiencing mental health challenges. From best practices in conducting screening, to connecting to services, to adding mental health services within home visiting. The specific duties of an intern will depend on the needs. Intern may:

  • Participate in monthly/quarterly calls with researchers or implementing agencies.
  • Support the development of a theory of change/logic model for the project.
  • Conduct literature review of research related to families experiencing mental health challenges for families with children under the age of 5.
  • Conduct a content analysis of Parents as Teachers curricula and resources supporting this topic.
  • Develop surveys or interviews to learn from organizations implementing Parents as Teachers.
  • Write fact sheets summarizing research/evaluation findings.
  • Assist in preparing for and attend presentations/meetings.

Supporting and engaging fathers in home visiting

Parents as Teachers is working to better understand how home visiting can support and engage fathers in services. The specific duties of an intern will depend on the needs. Intern may:

  • Participate in monthly/quarterly calls with researchers or implementing agencies.
  • Support the development of a theory of change/logic model for the project.
  • Conduct literature review of research related to engaging fathers in home visiting or other systems supporting families with children under the age of 5.
  • Conduct a content analysis of Parents as Teachers curricula and resources supporting this topic.
  • Develop surveys or interviews to learn from organizations implementing Parents as Teachers.
  • Write fact sheets summarizing research/evaluation findings.
  • Assist in preparing for and attend presentations/meetings.

Supporting families experiencing substance use disorder

Parents as Teachers is working to better understand how home visiting can support families experiencing substance use disorder. From best practices in conducting screening, to connecting to services. The specific duties of an intern will depend on the needs. Intern may:

  • Participate in monthly/quarterly calls with researchers or implementing agencies.
  • Support the development of a theory of change/logic model for the project.
  • Conduct literature review of research related to families experiencing substance use disorder for families with children under the age of 5.
  • Conduct a content analysis of Parents as Teachers curricula and resources supporting this topic.
  • Develop surveys or interviews to learn from organizations implementing Parents as Teachers.
  • Write fact sheets summarizing research/evaluation findings.
  • Assist in preparing for and attend presentations/meetings.

Supporting immigrant families

Parents as Teachers is working to better understand how home visiting can support immigrant families in the early years of their child(ren)’s life. The specific duties of an intern will depend on the needs. Intern may:

  • Participate in monthly/quarterly calls with researchers or implementing agencies.
  • Support the development of a theory of change/logic model for the project.
  • Conduct literature review of research related to supporting immigrant families in home visiting or other systems supporting families with children under the age of 5.
  • Conduct a content analysis of Parents as Teachers curricula and resources supporting this topic.
  • Develop surveys or interviews to learn from organizations implementing Parents as Teachers.
  • Write fact sheets summarizing research/evaluation findings.
  • Assist in preparing for and attend presentations/meetings.

Tribal Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visitation

Parents as Teachers is one of the approved evidence-based home visiting models that is implemented in the Tribal Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program. The specific duties of an intern will depend on the needs. Interns may:

  • Participate in monthly/quarterly calls with Tribal MIECHV funders or implementing agencies.
  • Create an inventory of evaluation activities underway for PAT Tribal MIECHV implementing agencies.
  • Conduct interviews or implement surveys to understand Tribal MIECHV implementation agencies experience with evaluation and interest in future research projects.
  • Write fact sheets summarizing research/evaluation findings.
  • Assist in preparing for and attend presentations/meetings.

State Office Annual Report (SOAR)

Parents as Teachers is working to better understand how State Offices provide support to affiliates throughout the year, both independently and in coordination with other organizations (“systems work”). This support is assessed annually through State Office self-reported responses on the State Office Annual Report, which surveys both services provided and assesses State Office capacity to adhere to the agreed upon 28 Essential Responsibilities. The specific duties of an intern will depend on need. Intern may:

  • Transfer raw data from Excel spreadsheet to a pre-formatted spreadsheet
  • Use the pre-formatted spreadsheet to analyze the data and create appropriate graphs, charts, tables, and other visuals
  • Use the pre-formatted spreadsheet to analyze the data and update the formal State Office Annual Report (SOAR) document with summaries and conclusions
  • Flag potential data or survey issues for the attention of the supervising staff member
  • Participate in weekly calls with supervising staff members
  • Lead preparation for presentation of the summary report at the official State Office Spring Summit event
  • Present findings at the official State Office Spring Summit event

Note: this project is a yearly opportunity in the winter semester.

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.

APPLICATION INFORMATION

Interested candidates should download the Internship & Practicum Interest Form. Send completed Interest Form and Resume/Curriculum Vitae to jobs@parentsasteachers.org.