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SWA Consulting Inc.

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SWA Consulting Inc.


Raleigh, NC, United States

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Work Experience

0-1 Year



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Industry, Gov., Consulting

2014 Summer Intern in Training and Development

About the Organization

SWA Consulting Inc. is a consulting and applied research firm with a straightforward but powerful mission, to make a difference in learning and performance for individuals and organizations. We focus on improving the learning and performance processes to help our clients reach and maintain their peak of success. SWA accomplishes this mission by applying the principles, research, and methods of I/O psychology to provide analytics and evidence-based solutions for clients. As of this spring, SWA offers web-delivered, evidence-based solutions to improve the learning enterprise, allowing us to leverage our experience and expertise to better service our clients. Our main practice areas are (1) work analysis and related HR solutions; (2) learning and development; and (3) performance and assessment.

SWA was founded in 1997 and is led by SIOP members Dr. Eric A. Surface and Dr. Stephen J. Ward. We employ I/O psychologists and other professionals who are committed to the scientist-practitioner model of integrating science and practice to make a difference for our clients. As we value an evidence-based perspective, research is important to us, and our team members have been published in peer-reviewed journals, such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology and Organizational Research Methods, and have presented at numerous conferences, including SIOP.

We are based in Raleigh, NC, which was ranked as the No. 1 Best Place to Live in America (Businessweek.com, 2011, June), the No. 2 Best Place for Business and Careers (Forbes.com, 2012, June), and the No. 3 Best Cities in America for Health and Happiness (EcoSalon, 2012, March).

About the Job

We are seeking an intern for our 2014 Summer Internship in Training and Development. This position is a great opportunity for an advanced PhD student or ABD who is currently enrolled in a graduate degree program in I/O psychology, a related social science discipline, or an adult education program; has conducted research on learning or development-related topics; and is interested in obtaining applied research, product development, and consulting experience related to learning and development processes. This is a temporary position.

Role Responsibilities:

Project areas include, but are not limited to, working on learning and development-related research or product development; assessment or metric development; training needs assessment; or training evaluation.

As an intern, you may assist with tasks including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Conduct literature reviews on learning and development topics.
  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative data analysis with individual differences and learning/development process and outcome data.
  • Participate in product development efforts.
  • Participate in research related to product development or validation.
  • Outline, write, and edit technical reports, research reports, and white papers for clients and conferences.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations and briefings for internal and external clients.
  • Develop and pitch a research project, product, or product feature based on the literature or empirical analysis of our data.

Job Requirements


  • Currently enrolled in a Doctoral degree program in I/O Psychology, Educational Research, Adult Education, Evaluation, or related social science or education discipline. At least two years of graduate coursework and a master’s thesis should be completed by the time the internship begins.
  • Master thesis on a learning or development-related topic (broadly defined).

              o    Preferred. Plans to or has a proposal to conduct a dissertation on a learning or development-related topic.

  • Coursework in inferential statistics and measurement.

              o    Preferred. Coursework in statistical techniques, such as structural equation modeling (SEM), hierarchical linear modeling (HLM), and meta-analysis.
              o    Preferred. Coursework related to learning and development processes (broadly defined): learning, training, motivation, goal-setting, self-regulation, learning criteria/outcomes, transfer, development, feedback, coaching, principles of adult education, etc.

Required Qualifications:

  • Interest and desired career focus on learning and development-related topics (broadly defined).
  • Critical thinking and analysis skills, including integration, evaluation, and synthesis.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Strong verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office tools, including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Graduate-level coursework and/or applied experience in statistical analysis, including experience with statistical programming packages (e.g., SPSS) and the ability to learn new statistical programming packages.
  • Graduate-level coursework and/or applied experience in areas related to learning, training, development, performance feedback and/or adult education.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with SYSTAT statistical programming packages.
  • Experience with Mplus and HLM statistical programming packages.
  • Experience with IRT.

Limited travel may be required for certain projects.

U.S. citizenship may be required for this position, per the requirements of our contracts with the Federal government.

Application Instructions

Cover letter, resume, and application required. To access the application for this position, which will allow you to submit your cover letter and resume, please visit the following website: http://www.swa-consulting.com/job-opportunities/