Tennessee Higher Education Fellow

Description

The Education Trust fellowship 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 undergraduates, recent graduates, and graduate students  who are capable of doing staff-level work under minimal supervision. Fellows are treated as members of the staff and are expected to perform a wide variety of tasks. 

Fellows work closely with designated Education Trust staff to develop and execute projects that will advance the organization’s agenda. This allows fellows 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.

Fellowships are typically 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 fellow’s sponsoring institution. Fellows will work remotely but will participate in Education Trust in Tennessee staff meetings and conduct regular check-ins with state and local staff.

(Minimum of 15  hours per week; Fall semester 2020;  this fellowship reports directly to the staff at The Education Trust in Tennessee.) Start date is 8.30.2020. Fellowship ends 12.11.2020.

For more information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

About the Organization

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.

Major Responsibilities

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

  • Utilize higher education datasets to analyze trends in college access, affordability, and success across the nation, Tennessee, and at individual institutions;
  • Create fact sheets and data presentations in PowerPoint and Tableau that support the higher education research and policy agenda;
  • Conduct literature reviews, policy scans, and written summaries on issues related to 1) our higher education policy priorities, and 2) research-based practices that promote access, affordability, and success for low-income students and students of color; and
  • Provide research support for responses to higher education policy and research inquiries from staff, media, and the public.

Qualifications and Experience

Qualifications and Experience
We are looking for an undergraduate or graduate student with studies focused on education policy or a related field. The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience with quantitative data analysis, data collection, and data management;
  • Desire to work in a social justice-minded organization with a strong interest in advocacy, organizing, and education policy and/or practice;
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills;
  • 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;
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).

Personal Characteristics

Passion for improving the educational experiences and outcomes for low-income students and students of color

  • Self-starter mentality and the ability to work independently
  • A demonstrated commitment to excellence
  • Healthy respect for colleagues and ability to work collaboratively with others within the higher education team and across the organization
  • A deep appreciation for diversity and differences in the workplace
  • Goal-oriented, project-oriented, and results-oriented
  • Desire to be part of an intellectually rich and action-oriented work environment
  • Strong sense of honor and integrity
  • A warm, personal style with a good sense of humor
  • Mature interpersonal and communication skills

Compensation

Fellowships are typically 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 fellow’s sponsoring institution.

Apply Here

Please provide a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (no more than five pages; sections from a longer paper are fine) to be considered for this position. You must combine your cover letter, resume and writing sample into one document and upload that document. Our application system will not allow you to upload more than one file.

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