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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.

IEL seeks interns interested in learning more about and contributing to improved education, policy, and leadership development.

Spring 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.

IEL is currently seeking motivated graduate and undergraduate students to serve as Interns in our office. Interns take on a range of communications, network outreach and conference support tasks for a variety of convenings as well as tasks associated with product development and synthesizing research and best practices for the field. Interns are exposed to working in a non-profit office environment, gain experience in project management skills and also have opportunities to attend meetings centered on education advocacy and policy.

This internship is ideal for students of education or social work who are interested in communications, event planning, public policy, and supporting communities seeking to take research to practice. Interns should have excellent writing and people skills, be detail-oriented and have the ability to work on a team and individually. Interns must possess outstanding office and phone manners in addition to being well-organized, punctual, dependable, flexible, and willing to take initiative. We offer a supportive and fun office environment, where interns will gain valuable experience in education policy and reform.

You will receive a daily travel stipend. Interns should be available 3-5 days a week for at least 10 weeks. We are willing to act as a supervisor to assure that Interns receive academic credit as appropriate.

To apply, send resume and cover letter to