Internship Program

Description

Internship Program

The Education Trust internship program is for individuals who believe that all students can achieve at high levels and who want to work as part of a team committed to that goal. The program is designed for graduate students who are capable of doing staff-level work under minimal supervision. Interns are treated as members of the staff and are expected to perform a wide variety of tasks.

Interns work closely with designated Education Trust staff to develop and execute projects that will advance the organization’s agenda. This allows interns to broaden their professional skills and experiences. Assigned projects are based on the intern’s qualifications and interests as well as the needs of the organization.

Internships are paid positions. The hourly rate depends on the candidate’s education and experience. We discuss this with the applicant if and when an offer is made. Academic credit can be arranged through the intern’s sponsoring institution. All interns are expected to work in our Washington, D.C., office, unless otherwise noted. We are currently looking to fill the following internship position:

Communications

(Minimum 20 hours per week)

Applications are excepted year round and reviewed three times a year in March, July, November. 

Responsibilities
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting with projects such as the following:

  • Support efforts to increase awareness of, and commitment to, our mission by assisting in the creation of traditional and new media relations strategies and tracking their results; collecting and distributing clips; creating social media collateral; building media lists; tracking media; and creating media reports;
  • Assist in tracking and evaluating the public conversation on state and federal education issues and policies, and perform issue-related research;
  • Conduct issue-related research, including identifying and compiling pertinent education news stories;
  • Support our national campaign on college affordability by creating social media content and assisting with outreach to students and institutions of higher education.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Interest in, and familiarity with, strategic communications, digital media (including blogs, Twitter, Facebook, etc.), advocacy, and/or public relations;
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills;
  • Desire to work in a social justice-minded, advocacy environment and an interest in education policy and/or practice;
  • A strong critical thinker who is self-motivated and able to work both independently and collaboratively;
  • Excellent organizational and follow-through skills and attention to detail; and
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook). Knowledge of communications data management platforms (Vocus, Cision, Nexis) is a plus.

Application Process

To be considered for this internship, you must provide:

  1. cover letter;
  2. resume;
  3. writing sample (no more than five pages; sections from a longer paper are fine).

You MUST combine your cover letter, resume, and writing samples into one document and upload that single document. Our application system will not allow you to upload more than one file.

Please click here to apply for this internship.

The Education Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity in all facets of the organization’s work.

Government Affairs

The Education Trust internship program is for individuals who believe that all students can achieve at high levels and who want to work as part of a team committed to that goal. The program is designed for students who are capable of doing professional-level work under minimal supervision. Interns are treated as members of the staff and are expected to perform a wide variety of tasks.

Interns work closely with designated Education Trust staff to develop and execute projects that will advance the organization’s agenda. This allows interns to broaden their professional skills and experiences. Assigned projects are based on the intern’s qualifications and interests as well as the needs of the organization.

Internships are traditionally paid positions. The hourly rate depends on the candidate’s education and experience. The internship supervisor can discuss this with the applicant if and when an offer is made. Academic credit can be arranged through the intern’s sponsoring institution. All interns are expected to work in our Washington, D.C., office, unless otherwise noted. We are currently looking to fill the following internship position: Government Affairs Intern.

As a member of the Partnerships and Engagement Division, the intern will support the Government Affairs team and the organization’s efforts on our direct and grassroots organizing advocacy strategies to increase awareness of, and commitment to, The Education Trust mission.

This position reports to the Government Affairs and Communications Associate and is expected to work 20 hours at minimum during the 2020 Spring Semester.

Responsibilities

The intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Analyze federal legislative and regulatory proposals relevant to the Education Trust’s agenda;

• Work collaboratively with the Government Affairs staff as well as staff on the Education Trust’s policy and practice teams, to develop appropriate responses to legislation, and produce collateral materials relevant to the organization’s legislative priorities;

• Assist in developing materials that communicate and build support for the organization’s legislative priorities among a variety of audiences; and

• Represent the Education Trust’s positions at events on and off Capitol Hill and in other forums and venues.

Qualifications and Experience

Candidates should enjoy working in a fast-paced, dynamic professional environment in which expectations are very high both for the quality and speed of work. We are interested in candidates with the following skills or background:

• Interest in education or public policy and commitment to educational equity and opportunity, particularly for students from low-income families and students of color;

• Excellent oral and written communications skills;

• Desire to work in a social justice-minded, advocacy environment and an interest in education policy and/or practice;

• A strong critical thinker who is self-motivated and able to work both independently and collaboratively;

• Excellent organizational and follow-through skills and attention to detail; and

• Strong computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).

• Currently enrolled at a degree-granting two- or four-year college or university at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Application Process

To be considered for this internship, you must provide:

• A cover letter outlining your interest in the position;

• A resume outlining your experience and qualifications;

• A writing sample (no more than three pages; sections from a longer paper are fine).

You MUST combine your cover letter, resume, and writing samples into one PDF document and upload that single document. Our application system will not allow you to upload multiple files.

Please click here to apply for this internship.

The Education Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity in all facets of the organization’s work.

Information Technology

This paid internship offers up to $10 per hour, practical work experience, an introduction to Windows desktop support, and an opportunity to gain experience with the technical operations of a nonprofit organization. It will involve challenging opportunities, real-time technical projects, and interaction with staff. This is a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the computer field.

Reporting to the IT Manager, the IT Analyst will work closely with the Information Technology Intern to provide technical assistance and support to The Ed Trust staff for network, hardware and software issues. Duties include installing and maintaining software and hardware on desktops and laptops, resolving internet and network access issues and determining causes of computer/software/network malfunctions.

Major Responsibilities

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting with projects such as the following:

  • Assist with responding to user requests for service and troubleshoot.
  • Assist and troubleshoot problems with PC hardware components and desktop operating system software.
  • Assist with maintaining an inventory of all hardware and software.
  • Analyze basic data issues.
  • Participate in assimilated help desk situations.
  • Maintain open communication and positive working relationship with staff.
  • Perform other tasks/duties/projects as assigned

Qualifications and Experience
The Education Trust is looking for a high school student intern with customer service skills, ability to work well in a team environment, and good oral and written communication skills.

  • Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills; telephone etiquette.
  • Must be available to work 10 hours per week.
  • Must be available and willing to commit at least one month for an internship.
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited high school as a Junior or Senior.
  • Be a minimum age of 16.

Job Requirements

Physical Demands/Environment:

  • Regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk; hear; use close, color and peripheral vision; ability to adjust and focus.
  • Frequently required to walk; lift and/or move up to 10 pounds; use distance vision; depth perception.
  • Occasionally required to stand; climb or balance; stoop, kneel or crouch.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Application Process

To be considered for this internship, you must provide:

  1. A cover letter;
  2. A resume.

You MUST combine your cover letter, resume, and writing samples into one document and upload that single document. Our application system will not allow you to upload more than one file.

Please click here to apply for this internship

The Education Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity in all facets of the organization’s work.

Massachusetts Data and Policy Analysis Intern

(15-20 hours per week)

The Education Trust’s Massachusetts team is seeking a graduate-level intern to support its P-12 work in data and policy analysis. This intern will be supporting the work of the Massachusetts Education Equity Partnership, and will have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects related to improving opportunity and achievement for historically underserved students in the Commonwealth.

About Ed Trust
The Education Trust is a national nonprofit that works to close opportunity gaps that disproportionately affect students of color and students from low-income families. Through our research and advocacy, Ed Trust supports efforts that: expand excellence and equity in education from preschool through college, increase college access and completion particularly for historically underserved students, engage diverse communities dedicated to education equity, and increase political and public will to act on equity issues.

Responsibilities
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting with projects such as the following:

  • Data analysis of state databases to better understand trends in educational achievement and opportunity
  • Literature reviews and policy scans on issues related to our P-12 policy priorities
  • Research support for responses to public and media requests on pressing P-12 education issues.

Qualifications and Experience
The ideal candidate has a demonstrated passion and commitment to The Education Trust’s mission with the following qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree focused on education policy or administration, public policy, research, or related social science fields. One year of work experience or graduate coursework in an education or education policy-related field is a plus
  • Experience with data analysis
  • Proficiency in Excel; experience with SAS or SPSS, or education databases, a plus
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Desire to work in a social justice-minded, advocacy environment and an interest in education policy and/or research
  • Strong critical thinking skills and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Excellent organizational and follow-through skills and attention to detail
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

Application Process
To be considered for this internship, you must provide:

  1. cover letter;
  2. resume;
  3. writing sample (no more than five pages; sections from a longer paper are fine).

You MUST combine your cover letter, resume, and writing samples into one document and upload that single document. Our application system will not allow you to upload more than one file.

Please click here to apply for this internship.

The Education Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity in all facets of the organization’s work.

P-12 Policy and Research

The Education Trust is seeking graduate-level summer interns to support its P–12 work in three key areas (data and policy, early childhood education, and research). Interns will focus primarily on one of these areas, but there will likely be opportunities for collaboration across areas.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting literature reviews (i.e., identifying, summarizing, and synthesizing research) on issues related to our P–12 policy, research, and advocacy priorities;
  • Managing and analyzing national, state, district, and school-level data to better understand trends in educational opportunity and achievement;
  • Supporting fast-turnaround research and fact-finding to respond to stakeholder and media requests on pressing P–12 education issues;
  • Scheduling interviews, taking notes during interviews, and summarizing data gathered from interviews;
  • Drafting PowerPoint presentations, blog posts, and other materials to share information with our stakeholders.

Qualifications and Experience
The ideal candidate has a demonstrated passion and commitment to The Education Trust’s mission and the following qualifications:

  • Education:
    • A bachelor’s degree is required ;
    • Graduate coursework focused on education, public policy, psychology, or related social science fields is preferred.
  • Skills/Experience:
    • Work experience: At least one year of full-time work experience in a school or office setting is preferred;
    • Data analysis experience: Some experience with data analysis is required; experience with designing and conducting descriptive analyses of large-scale education-related datasets is a plus;
    • Computer skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) is required; proficiency in Excel and experience with Stata, SPSS or other statistical software packages is preferred.
  • In addition, we value the following skills and interests in all candidates:
    • Specific knowledge in any of the following content areas: teacher diversity, teacher retention, accreditation or out-of-school time programs (after school, community school, summer bridge programs), early childhood education, school accountability, or social-emotional learning;
    • Strong oral and written communication and critical thinking skills;
    • Excellent organizational and follow-through skills and attention to detail;
    • The ability to work both independently and collaboratively;
    • An interest in education research and/or policy;
    • Desire to work in a social justice-minded advocacy environment.

Application Process

To be considered for this internship, you must provide:

  1. cover letter;
  2. resume;
  3. writing sample that is 3-5 pages (sections from a longer paper are fine) that demonstrates your ability to analyze data or policy or summarize research on an education-related topic

You MUST combine your cover letter, resume, and writing samples into one document and upload that single document. Our application system will not allow you to upload more than one file.

Please click here to apply for this internship.

The Education Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity in all facets of the organization’s work.

Partnerships and Engagement

Major Responsibilities

(20 hours per week minimum)

As a member of the Partnerships and Engagement team, the intern will support the organization’s efforts on our outreach and grassroots organizing strategies to increase awareness of, and commitment to, The Education Trust mission.

The intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist in the monitoring of various state and local education policies & practices relevant to our agenda;
  • Conduct issue-related research and compile information relevant to our advocacy efforts in states;
  • Maintain databases to enhance our outreach to organizations and advocates;
  • Attend conferences, briefings, and forums and share information about those events with staff;
  • Draft blogs and compile education news stories;
  • Assist the team in preparation for meetings and events;
  • Develop and assist team with special projects/initiatives.

Qualifications and Experience
Candidates should enjoy working in a fast-paced, dynamic professional environment in which expectations are high both for the quality and speed of work. We are interested in candidates with the following skills or background:

  • Desire to work in a social justice-minded, advocacy environment and an interest in advocacy, organizing, and policy change;
  • Self-motivation and an ability to work both independently and collaboratively;
  • Strong follow-through skills and attention to detail, especially under deadline pressures;
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills;
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook);
  • Commitment to The Education Trust’s mission of closing the achievement gap while raising achievement for all students.

Application Process

To be considered for this internship, you must provide:

  1. A cover letter;
  2. A resume;
  3. A writing sample (no more than five pages; sections from a longer paper are fine).

You MUST combine your cover letter, resume, and writing samples into one document and upload that single document. Our application system will not allow you to upload more than one file.

Please click here to apply for this internship

The Education Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity in all facets of the organization’s work.