Internship Program

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We are now accepting applications for our summer 2014 internships.  To ensure full consideration, please submit your application as soon as possible.

About the Education Trust

The Education Trust, named one of the three most effective organizations influencing federal education policy, promotes high academic achievement for all students at all levels, pre-kindergarten through college. Many organizations speak up for the adults employed by schools; we speak up for the students, especially those whose needs and potential are often overlooked. Through both research and advocacy, our goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that consign far too many young people—especially those from low-income families or who are black, Latino, or American Indian—to lives on the margins of the American mainstream. For more information on The Education Trust, please visit www.edtrust.org.

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:

Communications Intern
(Full-time summer position)

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, new 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; 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, please 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 the link below to apply for this internship.  https://home.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=8396811

 

Field Operation Intern
(minimum of 20 hours per week)

Major Responsibilities

The intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist in the monitoring of various state and local education policies & practices relevant to our agenda;  
  • Compile and organize information relevant to our advocacy efforts, with a specific focus on The Education Trust field targets (localities and states);
  • Coordinate with the policy and practice teams to develop field-relevant materials, presentations, and other tools;
  • Assist in the implementation of various outreach and grassroots strategies;
  • Serve as an “in-the-office” presence for the field team when members of the team are traveling, including checking the mail, serving as a point-of-contact, answering questions, and keeping the lines of communications open with the team members who are traveling;
  • Assist in the preparation of a weekly report summarizing education happenings in the various states to distribute to appropriate staff members and external partners; and
  • Maintain databases to enhance our outreach to field organizations and advocates and ensure outbound communication directly from our team to our constituencies.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Strong interest in advocacy, organizing, and policy change;
  • 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-motivatied 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).

Application Process

To be considered for this internship, please 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 sample into one document and upload that single document. Our application system will not allow you to upload more than one file.

Please click the link below to apply for this internship.  https://home.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=8396861


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

 

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