DEOMI Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute


Patrick Space Force Base, FL


Jayson Rhoton -

Operating Status Summer 2023:


Student Requirements:

Students must be solely U.S. citizens. (Permanent residents and dual citizens are not eligible.) Students must also be turning 18 years old by the start of the internship and have their own transportation to the site.


To develop and deliver innovative education, training, research, and collaborative solutions to optimize total force readiness.

About the Lab

Since its inception in 1971, the Institute has enhanced mission readiness by fostering positive human relations throughout the Department of Defense. Today our education and training programs in human relations, equal opportunity, equal employment opportunity, and diversity remain the foundation in the building of leadership. Additionally, we advise the DoD and other organizations on equal opportunity matters; conduct extensive and progressive equal opportunity, equal employment opportunity, diversity, and human relations research; and serve as a clearinghouse monitor and disseminate research findings to interested agencies.

What majors and disciplines are a good fit for interning at this lab?

The primary fields of interest are:

  • Behavioral Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Statistics

What will I learn as an intern at this lab?

NREIP students may learn about Equal Opportunity and Equal Employment Opportunity training delivered by DEOMI to DoD military and civilian agencies. Students may support curriculum evaluation through test item development and evaluation, creating capstone exercises to determine course material mastery, and developing rigorous rating procedures to improve both the reliability and validity of student scores. Students may also conduct literature reviews to ensure curriculum remains evidence-based, using the most up-to-date information. Students may also learn about the climate assessment process, for the prevention of a broad set of problematic behaviors that can occur in organizations. These efforts can involve analyzing archival climate survey data to identify patterns and trends among different demographic groups across time.

What kinds of projects do interns at this lab participate in?

Course Exam Version Comparison: Analyzing results of different versions of analogous curriculum exams to determine item difficulty, discrimination, and distractor item performance.

Defense Equal Opportunity Climate Survey (DEOCS) Climate Factor Validation: Conducting literature reviews to evaluate validity of climate factors included in current DEOCS.

Training Evaluation: Determining effectiveness of Equal Opportunity and Equal Employment Opportunity course content and delivery, comparing in-residence and virtual course presentation methods.

Organizational Climate Trends: Analyzing raw DEOCS data to identify response differences among different demographic groups, and identify trends across time.