Research Intern, Princeton, NJ

Location: Princeton, NJ

Department: Product Development

Reports to: Senior Research Analyst

Purpose of Position:

Learning Ally is looking to recruit research interns for its Product Development group. Students interested in applying their skills to a set of real world problems are encouraged to apply.

Formerly known as Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic  Learning Ally has a 60+ year history of helping Americans for whom print is not accessible. These include the blind and visually impaired as well as students coping with learning disabilities like dyslexia. This intern program, now in its third generation, presents students the opportunity to study a variety of topics critical to our business. Our interns have lead studies on 1) exploring how students respond to human or synthetic narrated audiobooks; 2) understanding how consumers prefer to access content digitally on both desktop and mobile-based; and 3) investigating variations in diagnosis of learning disabilities and communication gaps between parents and experts.

Participation in the program lasts a full semester. Researches are presented with a series of business problems to address. Interns are encouraged to be creative on how they answer this problem and are trained in research methodologies for conducting the study. This intern program places more than an average amount of trust on its interns – therefore students who are passionate, intellectually curious, and self directed will be the best fits.

Depending on skill set, interns will have focus on either qualitative research or quantitative research. Qualitative interns focus heavily on field interviews and direct observation. Quantitative interns focus on analyzing data sets to discover trends and insight. Candidates will be asked to select an area of focus based on their interests.

Primary Position Objectives

  • Help to design a research study aimed at understanding a specific aspect of consumer behavior.  Interns will understand the goals of the project and work with Learning Ally employees to either write a research script for participant interviews or identify specific characteristics to focus a quantitative analysis on.
  • Conduct their research – either through interviewing participants in the study to gather data, using the research script and their own developing intuition to understand how consumers think and make decisions, or through working with existing data sets to identify new ways of understanding our members based on correlations and trends in the data.
  • Learn to present their findings in ways that are accessible and understandable, while explaining complex scenarios and ideas.

Skills and Education Required

  • Sophomore in college or higher
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong MS Office skills (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Note that those interested in the quantitative track require strong MS Excel proficiency
  • Note that those interested in the qualitative track should be comfortable communicating with participants, in person or via phone
  • Enjoy talking with people
  • Past experience conducting analysis, interviews, or other research is a plus