Canceled in-person internship pivots to valuable remote experience in non-profit sector for recent graduate Wan Hee Kim

Wan Hee Kim (PhD ’21) was able to attend commencement in May, graduating with a PhD in Literacy and Language Education. But like so many Purdue graduate students, Kim’s last year as a student did not go as planned. The pandemic altered a coveted internship as well as her dissertation plans. Kim was awarded a prestigious competitive National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) doctoral student internship that was to take place the summer of 2020. She was looking forward to the 10-week internship not only for the learning experience but for the opportunity to work and live in the Washington, DC, area.

The pandemic forced a cancelation of the internship, but the organization was able to pivot to a different model and offer her a meaningful remote internship experience. As an intern she worked with researchers and staff from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in data visualization. Read more about Wan Hee Kim’s virtual internship in a recent Graduate School profile.