Position Description – Development and Communications Intern

About IEL

For 55 years, IEL has championed the need for leaders of all ages and 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.

Position Overview

There will be two positions available. Each position will engage in hands-on efforts to support IEL’s various program and fund development initiatives, fundraising projects and related communications initiatives and visibility efforts. This is a two-to-three days per week internship for summer 2019. Weekly schedule and start and end dates are flexible. This position will be paid the D.C. minimum wage (currently $13.25 per hour) and is available for up to three days a week.

What you will gain from this experience:

  • Competencies associated in working in an established, national nonprofit in a collaborative office environment;
  • Deeper understanding of program and fund development and fundraising in the nonprofit sector;
  • Hands-on experience in efforts to increase institutional visibility and influence using social media and other means; and
  • Project management and communications experience.

Responsibilities might include:

  • Support program development and fundraising teams, 
  • Develop materials and design infographics and social media messaging,
  • Project management including data recording and analysis; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Background in education or strong interest in one or more of the following areas: program development, fundraising, business administration and project management, nonprofit sector, or communications and marketing;
  • Rising undergraduate senior or master’s degree student;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Outstanding writing and editing skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and can-do attitude;
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and problem-solve; and
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite.

To Apply

Please address your cover letter and resume to Sabrina Sheikh. Applications accepted through April 30, 2019 or until filled. Please send your application to sheikhs@iel.org.  No phone inquiries, please.

IEL is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran’s status or disabled veterans’ status. IEL is implementing a diversity and supported inclusion strategy and is actively and intentionally encouraging applicants of color and of diverse backgrounds to apply.

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