Internship Program
The Education Trust - Washington, DC

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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 undergraduates, recent graduates, and 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 typically include a modest stipend. The amount 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 Intern

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;
  • Assist in tracking and evaluating the public conversation on state and federal education issues and policies, and perform issue-related research;
  • Assist with the development and execution of both online and offline communications strategy; and
  • 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, advocacy, and/or public relations;
  • Knowledge of communications data management platforms (Vocus, Cision, Nexis) is a plus.
  • Knowledge of and interest in new media (including blogs, Twitter, Facebook);
  • 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-motivation and able to work both independently and collaboratively;
  • Strong follow-through skills and attention to detail, especially under deadline pressures;
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail; and
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).