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Office of the Legislative Auditor - Program Evaluation Division

Program Evaluator Intern

Agency Overview
The Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA) is a nonpartisan professional office in Minnesota state government.  OLA audits and evaluates state agencies and programs, identifies their strengths and weaknesses, and recommends improvements to legislators and agency officials.

OLA’s Program Evaluation Division is now accepting applications for paid student internships.  Evaluator interns enjoy rewarding work and develop a variety of evaluation skills.  Evaluator interns may evaluate a variety of state government programs.

Duties may include:

  • Conducting interviews or site visits.
  • Working with large data sets.
  • Developing and administering surveys.
  • Conducting literature reviews and legal research.
  • Conducting document or file reviews.
  • Drafting preliminary findings and recommendations.

Internships include:

  • Training and experience conducting program evaluations.
  • Guidance by experienced evaluation managers.
  • Exposure to a range of state government programs.

Up to two (2) internships may be filled.  Internships generally require one to work up to 40 hours per week; schedules are flexible and based on both the needs of OLA and the needs of the intern.  Summer internships will begin in May or June 2020 and run through August 2020.  Evaluator interns are paid $18 per hour.

Minimum Qualifications
To be considered, a candidate must:

  • Submit a cover letter.
  • Be currently enrolled in a graduate program in the social sciences, public policy, applied economics, or a closely related field.
  • Receive academic credit for internship.

Additionally, a candidate must have:

  • Computer skills, including experience using word processing, spreadsheet, database, and statistical software (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and SPSS or STATA).
  • A demonstrated ability to work effectively, both independently and as part of a team.
  • The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, legislative staff, and staff in the agencies being evaluated.
  • Strong organizational skills and demonstrated attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of state government and the legislative process.

Preferred Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have:

  • Training or experience organizing data and performing quantitative analyses.
  • Training or experience collecting information through interviews, surveys, or focus groups.
  • Training or experience in critically reviewing professional research literature.
  • Program evaluation training or experience and an understanding of analytical methods used in program evaluation.
  • Experience obtaining and handling sensitive information.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to write clearly and concisely on complex topics

Additional Requirements

  • Cover letters and resumes will be reviewed to identify applicants meeting minimum and preferred requirements.  Selected applicants will go through an interview process and will be required to submit writing samples, education transcripts, and employment references. 
  • Background checks will be conducted prior to any employment offer.  Personal integrity is an essential qualification to work at OLA, and certain violations of ethical or legal standards relevant to being an evaluator at OLA may disqualify an applicant. 
  • Applicants may be disqualified for prior partisan work experience.
  • Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without needing sponsorship for an employment visa (e.g., H1B status).

Why Work for Us
MEANINGFUL WORK!  OLA promotes accountability in state government by strengthening legislative oversight, supporting good management, and enhancing program effectiveness in state agencies.  The Program Evaluation Division identifies opportunities for improvement in state-funded programs and makes recommendations to the Legislature and state agencies.

How to Apply
Interested applicants must submit a cover letter with their resume through the state’s Careers website.  You may do this by uploading them together as a single file attachment, or uploading the cover letter separately from the resume.  If you are unable to apply online or need help, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637. 

Program Evaluator Intern – Job ID 39753  (Posting closes at 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020.)

Contact for More Information
If you have job-specific questions, contact Judy Randall at or 651-296-1227.  For benefits-related questions, contact Shelly Gilb at or 651-296-1730.

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