2020 Summer K-12 Policy and Research Intern

Summer Internship Program

We are now accepting applications for our -12 Policy and Research summer internship program. Application materials must be submitted by February 21, 2020 for full consideration. Review of applications will begin at that time.

About the Education Trust-Midwest

The Education Trust-Midwest promotes high academic achievement for all Michigan students at all levels—prekindergarten through college. We work alongside parents, educators, policymakers, and community and business leaders across the state in transforming public schools into institutions that serve all students well. Lessons learned in these efforts, together with unflinching data analyses, shape our state and national policy agendas. 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.

For additional information on The Education Trust-Midwest, please visit: edtrustmidwest.org.

Internship Program

The Education Trust-Midwest internship program is for individuals who believe that all students can achieve at high levels and want to work as part of a team committed to that goal. The program is designed for graduate students or recent 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 in close consultation with designated Education Trust-Midwest staff to develop and execute projects that will advance the organization’s agenda while allowing interns to broaden their professional skills and experiences. Projects are based on intern qualifications as well as the needs of the organization. Currently, we are seeking an intern for our K-12 Policy and Research team in the Royal Oak, MI office.

An intern on the K-12 Policy and Research team will assist with projects such as the following:

  • Compile and analyze student performance and school data.
  • Produce research and analyze data related to teacher quality, teacher equity, and student achievement.
  • Read and analyze state education legislation.
  • Work with policy team to develop recommendations on education initiatives in Michigan.

We are particularly interested in candidates with the following skills and background:

  • Experience with data analysis (proficiency in Excel or statistical software package, such as STATA).
  • Graduate student or a recent college graduate with a strong interest in education policy or social science research.
  • Strong qualitative and quantitative research and communications skills.

The summer internship will begin in June 2020 (start date flexible depending on organization and intern needs) and will last for approximately 10 weeks. It will include a modest hourly rate. Hours will be based on a five day, in office, work week.

Qualifications and Experience

All applicants should possess the following qualifications:

  • Interest in, and familiarity with, quantitative data interpretation and analysis;
  • Knowledge of education policy and/or practice;
  • Self-motivation and ability to work both independently and collaboratively;
  • Eagerness to learn;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail; and
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).

Application Process

Applications should include the following:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter (include summer availability time frame)
  • Contact information for three references
  • Writing sample (No more than five pages; sections from a longer paper are suitable)

Please apply online at here. To ensure full consideration, please submit all applications by February 15, 2019.

The Education Trust-Midwest is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity in all facets of its work.