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CETE Internship Program

CETE offers college juniors, college seniors, recent college graduates, and graduate school students the opportunity to learn from leading workforce development, assessment, and evaluation experts through a comprehensive internship program. The fundamental work experience and solid professional training that interns gain through this program creates a strong foundation for their up-and-coming careers.

Each intern is assigned a mentor and will work primarily within one of the CETE groups on topics ranging from adult basic literacy, developing content standards, aligning standards, developing test items, task analysis, supporting teaching educators in the traditional field with ongoing training and for those with alternative licenses, working in nontraditional settings, developing curriculum, conducting training workshops, and working with visiting scholars from around the globe.

Student Experience

Students apply the theory that they have learned in a capacity that advocates for success and advancement. Additionally, they have the opportunity to develop professional contacts and strengthen their personal resumes in preparation for their future careers. Along their journeys, we groom our interns on how to behave appropriately within the professional workplace and develop an understanding of day-to-day tasks and expectations.

Through work with professionals in their practice groups and around the office, interns experience a multitude of real-time fundamentals of the communications industry and engage with staff on a variety of projects, including research, writing, event coordination, staffing, and creative brainstorming.

As an intern at CETE, I was able to apply what I had learned from the classroom in a real work setting. I was able to fully develop my skills by working on various challenging projects that ranged in subject matter. The CETE staff supported my professional growth and accepted me as a part of their team. I had many opportunities to explore my interests and work on projects that excited me!

— Danielle Lowry, former intern

I was accepted into the internship program at CETE in May 2013. My personal involvement allowed for real-world experience while becoming familiar with the university setting and business goals. I was immediately submerged into my work while being able to utilize my vast experience and unique problem-solving capabilities. This distinctive opportunity has led to a full-time position as a program specialist within a team of professionals that share the same vision for educational excellence.

— William Moore, PhD, former intern and program specialist


Interns must at least be college juniors and maintain minimum grade averages of Bs. Applicants should have excellent communications and critical-thinking skills and be able to multitask and thrive in a fast-paced environment. While a strong interest in workforce development is a must, our interns are not exclusively public relations or communications majors but may have interests in teaching, psychology (notably industrial/organizational psychology), technology, and numerous others.

Program Description

CETE hires interns for spring, summer, and fall semesters that mirror a standard academic calendar. All of the intern opportunities are paid positions and classified as part-time.

Submitting Your Application

If you are interested in an internship, please submit your resume, cover letter, and degree requirements to:

Attn: CETE Internship Program
College of Education and Human Ecology
The Ohio State University
1900 Kenny Road
Columbus, OH 43210
Email: Jodi Renshaw