Dan Isbell

Second Language Studies 

PhD Student 

Internship Company
Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments 

"I interned at Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments (CaMLA,, where I primarily worked on a project to standardize procedures for scoring essays across several international high-stakes English language tests. Additionally, I performed tasks in test development, such as reviewing test questions for fairness and quality. I also had the opportunity to learn about the complex logistics of delivering multiple forms of tests to test centers around the globe.

As a PhD student in the Second Language Studies program (, it was informative to see how theory and research findings are being applied in practice. Conversely, and perhaps even more importantly, my hands-on experience at CaMLA has made me aware of practical issues in language testing that will shape my research agenda going forward."