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Family and Community Engagement Intern

Family and Community Engagement Intern

For a half-century, the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) has championed the need for leaders at all levels to shake off their institutional constraints and work across boundaries to address the needs of young people and their families. IEL serves as a catalyst that helps policymakers, administrators, and practitioners at all levels to bridge bureaucratic silos and undo gridlock to improve outcomes for all young people and their families. The organization connects families, schools, and communities; builds more effective pathways to adulthood; and prepares generations of leaders.

IEL is home to the Education Policy Fellowship Program, the Center for Workforce Development, the Coalition for Community Schools, and the Family and Community Engagement network. IEL’s programs have helped define national and state policies in education and workforce development, enabled leaders to build collaborative strategies that get results, and assisted practitioners to implement best practices.

Fall 2017: Family & Community Engagement Internship

IEL works with multiple national, state, and regional networks at various levels for the purposes of improving systemic family and community engagement.  IEL supports the District Leaders Network on Family & Community Engagement, a peer learning and action network of over 100 school districts.  IEL also hosts an annual National Family and Community Engagement Conference coordinating all aspects of logistics and content as well as regional Learning Labs hosted by members of the District Leaders Network.

The Family & Community Engagement Network- housed at the Institute for Education Leadership- is currently seeking motivated junior and senior college students. The intern(s) will take on communications, network outreach and conference support tasks for the annual National Family & Community Engagement Conference. They will be exposed to working in a non-profit office environment and have opportunities to attend meetings centered on education advocacy and policy and to participate in webinars to advance student outcomes. This internship is ideal for students interested in education or social work, and who are interested in communications, event planning, and public policy.

Qualifications and Experience:

• Ability to commit 3-5 days a week for at least 10 weeks.
• Written and verbal communication skills; ability to communicate effectively to both internal and external stakeholders.
• Familiar with APA guidelines & Copy editing.
• Organized, with an ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments.
• Ability to be a self-starter and work under minimal supervision.
• Experience using social media platforms.
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office Required. Additional software application knowledge a plus!
• Prior conference support experience preferred but not required.
• Prior experience with CVENT event management system preferred but not required.
• Familiar with education policy issues and a deep interest in public education and improving outcomes for vulnerable children.


To apply, please send your resume, cover letter and availability to FCE Team at with "Fall 2017: Family & Community Engagement Internship" in the subject line