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)

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.

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.

Office of the President & Development

Major Responsibilities

(Minimum of 20 hours per week)

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

  • Craft briefing memos for the President and CEO that contain logistical and attendee information about public speaking engagements, key communications messages, and other strategic details.
  • Create communications materials — which can include PowerPoint presentations, talking points, fact sheets, and blogs — that amplify the organization’s core messaging on the imperative to expand educational excellence and equity for students of color and low-income students.
  • Draft briefings, provide general updates for funders, and conduct research into foundations and donors and help manage the flow of communication between The Education Trust and key funders, with guidance from the development staff.
  • Assist with special projects — including those from The Education Trust’s Office of the President and Development Office — that help to increase the public presence and efficiency of the organization.
  • Conduct research for the President and CEO’s public speeches and published works and assist with the transcription of speeches.
  • Provide research support for responses to education policy and research inquiries from the President and CEO, staff, media, and the public.

Qualifications and Experience

We are looking for a college or graduate student with studies focused on education, policy, communications, or a related field. The ideal candidate(s) will have:

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills;
  • Strong research capabilities;
  • The ability to take complex ideas and data and explain those things in a way that is clear and compelling to general audiences;
  • Excellent organizational and follow-through skills and attention to detail;
  • A strong critical thinker who is self-motivated and able to work both independently and collaboratively;
  • The desire to work in a social justice-minded organization with a strong interest in advancing educational equity for students of color and students from low-income backgrounds, advocacy, organizing, and education policy and/or practice.
  • 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. 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.

 

P-12 Data and Policy Analysis

Major Responsibilities

(15-20 hours per week)

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

  • Data analysis of state and national databases to better understand trends in educational achievement and opportunity;
  • Literature reviews and policy scans on issues related to our P-12 policy priorities; and
  • 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);
  • Knowledge of early childhood education policy, social and emotional learning, and policies relating to foster and homeless youth, undocumented students, or English learners a plus.

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.

P-12 Research

Major Responsibilities

(15-20 hours per week)

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

  • Identifying, gathering, and analyzing research on how afterschool, community school, and summer bridge programs can be used to increase teacher diversity;
  • Scheduling interviews, taking notes during interviews, and summarizing data gathered from interviews;
  • Creating and managing a dataset of programs that strive to increase teacher diversity;
  • Data analysis of state and school level data to better understand trends in teacher diversity, school culture and climate, and other areas as needed;
  • Conducting literature reviews on issues related to our P-12 Research priorities; and
  • 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:

  • A bachelor’s degree focused on education policy or administration, public policy, research, or related social science fields; graduate coursework in an education, psychology, or a related field and at least one year of work experience is preferred;
  • An interest in education research;
    • Knowledge of the following areas is a plus: teacher diversity, teacher retention, accreditation or out-of-school time programs (after school, community school, summer bridge programs); and
    • Experience with designing and conducting descriptive analyses of large-scale education-related datasets is a plus.
  • A desire to work in a social justice-minded, advocacy environment;
  • Proficiency in Excel; experience with SPSS or other statistical software packages;
  • Excellent oral communication, writing, and critical thinking skills;
  • Excellent organizational and follow-through skills and attention to detail;
  • The ability to work both independently and collaboratively; and
  • 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. 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.