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:

P-12 Research Intern

About the Position

Based in Washington, D.C., the P-12 Research Intern will report to a Senior P-12 Research Associate . This graduate-level intern will flex their mixed-methods research skills to support The Education Trust’s P-12 research team on research topics including, but not limited to, school district efforts to ensure student safety and well-being as well as policy analysis and advocacy in social, emotional, and academic development.

About the Organization

Ed Trust is comprised of fierce advocates for the high academic achievement of all students — pre-kindergarten through college, particularly those of color or living in poverty. Through research and advocacy, Ed Trust’s goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that affect millions of young people across the U.S. — especially students of color and those from low-income families. We work alongside educators, policymakers, parents, and community and business leaders across the country to advocate transforming schools and colleges into institutions that serve all students well. Lessons learned in these efforts, together with unflinching data analyses, help shape our state and national policy agendas.

Major Responsibilities

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Supporting qualitative and quantitative design, data collection and/or analyses and drafting findings and conclusions;
  • Analyzing district and state level policies related to, but not limited to, student well-being and social, emotional, and academic development;
  • Presenting findings in internal meetings;
  • Drafting briefs, PowerPoint presentations, blog posts, and other materials to share findings with our stakeholders;
  • Conducting literature reviews (i.e., identifying , summarizing, and synthesizing research) on issues related to our P – 12 policy, research, and advocacy priorities; and
  • Supporting fast-turnaround research and fact-finding to respond to stakeholder and media requests on pressing P–12 education issues.
  • And other tasks as needed

Qualifications and Experience

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and experience :

  • A bachelor’s degree is required;
  • Graduate coursework focused on education, public policy, psychology, statistics, or related science fields is preferred.
  • Some experience or formal instruction with research and quantitative data analysis is required; additional experience managing qualitative data analysis is preferred.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Powerpoint , Outlook) is required; proficiency and experience with Stata, R, SPSS, Dedoose, NVivo or other statistical or qualitative software packages is preferred.
  • Specific knowledge in any of the following content areas: school safety, school climate, social and emotional learning, child development is preferred.
  • A strong educational equity and social justice lens is required.

Compensation

Compensation for this position ranges from $17/ hr -$28/ hr , commensurate with education and experience. All interns are eligible for sick leave.

Location

The position is based in Washington, D.C., with the potential for some remote work.

Higher Ed Research Intern

About the Position

Based in Washington, D.C. with the potential to work remotely, the Higher Ed Research Intern will report to the Director, Higher Education Research & Data Analytics and serve as a member of The Education Trust’s Higher Education team. This position could range from 20-40/hrs a week and is available immediately.

The Higher Ed Research Intern will play a lead role in the data management and analysis for the College Results tool. The Research Fellow will help create a streamlined process/syntax for downloading, cleaning, merging, and appending postsecondary data to create the metrics contained in College Results and several seminal Ed Trust products (Segregation Forever, the Affordability Gap, and the State of Higher Education Equity).

The work will primarily focus on using publicly available data to create compelling narratives about the current state of access, accountability, affordability, and success for low-income students and students of color in postsecondary education. This seasonal position is designed for recent graduates, and graduate students who are capable of doing staff-level work under minimal supervision.

About the Organization

Ed Trust is comprised of fierce advocates for the high academic achievement of all students — pre-kindergarten through college, particularly those of color or living in poverty. Through research and advocacy, Ed Trust’s goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that affect millions of young people across the U.S. — especially students of color and those from low-income families. We work alongside educators, policymakers, parents, and community and business leaders across the country to advocate transforming schools and colleges into institutions that serve all students well. Lessons learned in these efforts, together with unflinching data analyses, help shape our state and national policy agendas.

Major Responsibilities

The Higher Ed Research Intern’s responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Assist with the redesign, improvement, and update of College Results , an interactive webtool for students, policymakers, and institutional leaders that provides information on over 2,000 four-year colleges and universities across the nation.
  • Mine data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, the College Scorecard, U.S. Census, National Center for Education Statistics and other sources to produce replicable datasets that help identify institutions and states that are successfully enrolling and graduating underserved populations, or making fast or significant progress in those areas;
  • Analyze national datasets to identify barriers to access and success for students of color and low-income students in higher education,
  • Help with the development and analysis of equity metrics that assess how committed institutions and states are to access, accountability, affordability, and success for students of color and low-income students;
  • Support the organization’s efforts to leverage data and research to inform policy design and practice, including assisting with the development of tools and processes to aid postsecondary improvement efforts;
  • Package research and data for lay audiences and funders in Education Trust presentations, briefs/reports, webtools, blogs, grant applications, and the website.

Qualifications and Experience

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and experience :

  • At least 2 years of experience in a research role addressing higher education issues;
  • A master’s degree OR a bachelor’s degree in a related field with demonstrated experience in advanced quantitative analysis and data methods;
  • Advanced knowledge and experience in Excel, R/R Studio, and Tableau;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and manipulate large datasets and conduct description or preliminary analyses;
  • An understanding of equity issues in higher education and passion for working to mitigate them

Compensation

Compensation for this position ranges from $17/ hr -$28/ hr , commensurate with education and experience. All interns are eligible for sick leave.

Location

The position is based in Washington, D.C., with the potential for some remote work.

Development Intern

About the Position

Based in Washington, D.C., the Development Intern will report to the Director of Development and serve as a member of the Development team. The Development Intern will build an understanding of the organization’s fundraising strategy and operations by working on projects in collaboration with the development team that support key fundraising functions across the department, including proposal and report writing, identifying new donors who may be interested in supporting Ed Trust, engaging current donors, and CRM database support. Through hands-on experiences, the intern will build an understanding of Ed Trust’s equity-centered approach to fundraising and learn and practice basic Salesforce (CRM database) skills.

About the Organization

Ed Trust is comprised of fierce advocates for the high academic achievement of all students — pre-kindergarten through college, particularly those of color or living in poverty. Through research and advocacy, Ed Trust’s goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that affect millions of young people across the U.S. — especially students of color and those from low-income families. We work alongside educators, policymakers, parents, and community and business leaders across the country to advocate transforming schools and colleges into institutions that serve all students well. Lessons learned in these efforts, together with unflinching data analyses, help shape our state and national policy agendas.

Major Responsibilities

  • Work with development team to identify, research, cultivate, and solicit new funders
  • Support the development team in planning and executing funder/donor stewardship and cultivation events
  • Provide project management support for special projects

Qualifications and Experience

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and experience:

  • Interest in the mission of The Education Trust and in learning about nonprofit fundraising
  • Interest in developing writing, research, project management, and database skills
  • Excellent writing and organizational skills; high attention to detail
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications preferred, but not required
  • The ability to work at least 20 hours per week minimum (full time hours available)

Compensation

Compensation for this position starts at$17/hr and may increase, commensurate with education and experience. All interns are eligible for sick leave.

Location

This role, available immediately, is based in our Washington, DC office and may be eligible for some telework. The intern reports to the Director of Development.

Human Resources Database Intern

About the Organization and the Opportunity

The Education Trust (Ed Trust) seeks a Human Resources Database Intern to join the organization’s HR team. The Intern will report to the Assistant Director of HR and have the exciting opportunity to flex their data, technology, process efficiency, and creative thinking skills to help us maximize the way we use ADP, our Human Resources Information System (HRIS). By doubling the efficiency of our systems, you will enable us to spend more time making Ed Trust an awesome place to work for its employees. This Internship is available for roughly 10-12 weeks, 20 hours per week. Exact hours are negotiable.

Ed Trust is comprised of fierce advocates for the high academic achievement of all students — pre-kindergarten through college, particularly those of color or living in poverty. Through research and advocacy, Ed Trust’s goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that affect millions of young people across the U.S. — especially students of color and those from low-income families. We work alongside educators, policymakers, parents, and community and business leaders across the country to advocate transforming schools and colleges into institutions that serve all students well. Lessons learned in these efforts, together with unflinching data analyses, help shape our state and national policy agendas.

This role, available immediately, is based in our Washington, DC office and may be eligible for some telework. The intern reports to the Assistant Director of HR.

About the Role

Major responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Develop a strong understanding of our ADP database, how it functions, and how various tables and fields connect
  • Identify best practices for using ADP, generally, as well as inputting and extracting data
  • Create automation to replace manual tasks, such as running reports
  • Train HR staff on best practices
  • Clean, update, or organize existing employee data
  • Analyze employee data sets to help us ensure equity in employee experiences across the organization

Ideal Skills and Characteristics

  • Shared belief in Ed Trust’s mission and a commitment to improving educational equity with a focus on racial equity
  • Willingness to receive and act upon, as well as provide, constructive feedback
  • Database and data management expertise
  • Technology and/or data analysis skills
  • Interest in Human Resources, People & Culture, Talent, or Employee Engagement topics
  • Ability to organize, prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
  • Attention to detail and ability to multitask
  • Ability to take initiative and be self-directed

Qualifications and Experience

The ideal candidate will pos sess the following qualifications and experience:

  • At least a high school diploma or GED
  • Experience with database management
  • 1-2 years general office work experience, including knowledge of office practices and basic software like Word, Excel, and Outlook

Compensation & Benefits

The salary for this position starts at $17 per hour and will be commensurate with education and experience. All interns receive sick leave.

Please provide a cover letter and resume to be considered for this position. You must combine your cover letter and resume into one document and upload that document. Our application system will not allow you to upload more than one file.

Vaccination for COVID-19: At The Education Trust, the health and safety of our employees is of the utmost importance. As such, all Education Trust employees are required to be fully vaccinated and remain up to date on their vaccinations for COVID-19. New hires should be fully vaccinated and up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations prior to their first day of work. Requests for accommodations due to medical or religious reasons will be reviewed by Human Resources.

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