Internship Program
The Education Trust - Washington, DC

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We are currently accepting applications for spring internships. Please see below for full details. To ensure full consideration, please submit your application as soon as possible.

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 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 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 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 positions:

Digital Communications Intern
(up to 20 hrs/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 digital outreach strategies and tracking their results; creating social media collateral and media reports.
  • Assist in tracking and evaluating the public conversation on state and federal education issues and policies, and perform issue-related research.
  • Support our national campaign on college affordability by creating social media content and assisting with outreach to students and institutions of higher education.
  • Other communications duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Experience
  • Interest in, and familiarity with, strategic communications, social media (including blogs, Twitter, Facebook), 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
  • Knowledge of communications data management platforms (Vocus, Cision, Nexis, iQ Media, Salesforce) is a plus
Application Process
To be considered for this internship, please provide:

  • A cover letter
  • A resume
  • 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.

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    Higher Education Intern
    (Minimum of 20 hours per week)

    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; to create fact sheets and data shows, and to support analyses for Education Trust publications
    • Conduct literature reviews and policy scans on issues related to our higher education policy priorities and create written summaries
    • Provide research support for responses to higher education policy and research inquiries from staff, media, and the public
    • Assist with original data collection and database construction for projects examining college completion, access, and affordability.
    Qualifications and Experience
    We are looking for a graduate student with studies focused on education policy or a related field. The ideal candidate will have:
    • Some 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).

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