Communications and Research Intern

POSITION: Communications and Research Intern


The Education Trust-Midwest (ETM), a nonprofit education policy, advocacy, and research organization located in southeastern Michigan, seeks a Communications and Research Intern to thoroughly research and communicate ETM’s impact on Michigan education policy and advocacy during the organization’s first ten years of existence.

A fully remote position, intern will work closely with our Director of Communications. This position is full-time, 40 hours/week, beginning in early June and spanning 10 weeks.


The Education Trust-Midwest promotes high academic achievement for all Michigan students at all levels—pre-kindergarten through college. The organization is a well-respected and influential research, policy, advocacy, and technical assistance organization that works alongside parents, educators, policymakers, and community and business leaders in transforming Michigan schools and colleges into institutions that serve all students well. Lessons learned in these efforts, together with unflinching data analyses, shape our Michigan-focused research and policy agenda. Our goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that consign far too many young people—especially those who are black, Latino, American Indian, or from low-income families—to lives on the margin of the American mainstream. Launched in the fall of 2010, ETM is the Midwest division of national The Education Trust, which is headquartered in Washington, D.C. For additional information on The Education Trust-Midwest, please visit


  • Responsibilities of the role include, but are not limited to:
  •  Research
  • Serve as lead researcher for an external report thoroughly documenting the first ten years (2010 – 2020) of ETM’s work. Research will include but is not limited to: educational advocacy work, important policy wins, legislative decisions related to K-12 education, and significant external collaborations.
  • Establish a timeline which documents how each major organizational milestone intersects with changes and/or events within the greater Michigan educational policy landscape.
  • Conduct interviews with external stakeholders.
  •  Writing
  • Synthesize organization and Michigan education research into an accurate, detailed, and complete summary to be used in writing an external-facing report.

If time allows, the candidate may be asked to provide additional communications, writing or research support aligned with ETM’s needs. This experience will be designed to provide the candidate with insight into strategic education advocacy and policy initiatives at the state and local level.


The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and experience:

  • Strong analytical, research and communications skills, with an emphasis on the ability to communicate the results of analyses and research to diverse audiences;
  • Excellent writing ability, experience writing for external audiences a plus;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Strong follow-through skills and attention to detail, especially under tight deadline pressure; and
  • Commitment to educational equity and high achievement for all students, particularly for African American, Latino, Native American and low-income children.
  • Preferred but not required: knowledge of Michigan’s educational landscape and familiarity with educational policy.


Interns will be paid using an hourly rate commensurate with experience. The starting hourly rates are: $17/hour for undergraduate students, $19/hour for graduate students, and $23/hour for PhD or other terminal degree students.


Position is 100% remote with 1-2 virtual check-ins with supervisor/week.


This organization is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds.

Vaccination for COVID-19: At The Education Trust, the health and safety of our employees is of the utmost importance. As such, all Education Trust employees are required to be fully vaccinated and remain up to date on their vaccinations for COVID-19. New hires should be fully vaccinated and up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations prior to their first day of work. Requests for accommodation due to medical or religious reasons, or in accordance with state or local laws, will be reviewed by Human Resources.