It’s that time of year again! We’ve got two amazing PAID internships available for current graduate students (or extraordinary exceptions)–one in communications and one in data and equity work–so check out the descriptions below, and head over to PolicyLink when you’re ready to apply (make sure to scroll allllll the way down the page).
Communications Intern (New York, NY)
The Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink seeks a highly skilled, high-capacity communications intern to support the Senior Communications Associate. The intern will create and implement communications strategies to lift up the work of Promise Neighborhoods across the country, focusing on constructing awards for results achieved and strategies implemented by Promise Neighborhoods, selecting high-profile judges from a variety of sectors (business, philanthropy, nonprofit, academia, government), and planning and implementing an awards ceremony that will draw media attention.
The Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink communications focus is on lifting up good work at the community level to propel a national movement, increasing broad support for Promise Neighborhoods, and making the Promise Neighborhood movement sustainable. The awards project is a centerpiece of our communications strategy, and will give the intern the opportunity gain valuable experience by:
- Creating a plan to promote, execute, and leverage the awards ceremony
- Gaining an understanding of Promise Neighborhoods and other comprehensive community change efforts
- Researching education policy and understanding the leaders in the field
- Writing press releases, blog posts, email blasts, and employing social media
- Planning an event with hundreds of participants and media
- Working with reporters, bloggers, and using social media to promote the event and highlight key issues and messages
- Identifying and reach out to high-profile leaders to serve as judges for the awards
This internship is ideal for a continuing graduate student in communications, public relations, public policy, business, education, public health, urban planning, or related fields, with an interest in education policy and comprehensive community change. If you want to deepen your skills in event planning and promotion, media relations, and engaging leaders from different sectors in Promise Neighborhoods efforts while working to promote economic and social equity by improving academic and life outcomes for children and their families, we’d love to see your application!
Specific qualifications include:
- Background in communications, event planning, media, social media, and messaging
- Interest in strategies promoting economic and social equity
- Top notch writing and communication skills
- BA and a graduate degree in progress
Data and Results for Equity Intern (New York, NY)
PolicyLink is seeking a graduate student intern to support our Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink (PNI) work on data and results for equity.
Specifically, PNI’s data work supports communities in turning a curve on 10 results defined by 15 indicators by the Department of Education using Results Based Accountability, a longitudinal data system, and a data dashboard.
The PNI data intern will provide research and technical support to ensure the Institute’s focus on results with our Promise Neighborhoods sites is successful. Tasks may include: tracking and organizing information on individual Promise Neighborhoods’ progress collecting and using data for action and in turning curves in their communities assist sites using RBA, developing a progress matrix that would help Promise communities determine that foundational elements are in place and that they are turning curves as per the 10 results and 15 indicators, coordination and development of equity message and need for disaggregated data. Written products may include internal and external progress memos, case studies, and meeting materials.
Qualifications & Skills:
Graduate student in public policy/administration, education, social work advocacy, law or related field, with an interest in systems and policy approaches to improve outcomes for youth in poor communities and communities of color.
Specific qualifications include:
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Experience with qualitative and quantitative research
- Commitment to economic and social equity issues
- Experience and interest in youth development, education, public health issues (e.g., youth violence prevention, obesity, and health disparities, etc.), public policy
- Advocacy experience – including community organizing, training, working with Community Based Organizations
- Strong analytical skills
- Extensive computer skills
- Good team player
- Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment and multitask
PolicyLink is committed to building and maintaining a diverse staff and a welcoming workplace.
Summer internships are full-time, compensated, and generally last 10 weeks. Each intern will be expected to complete a final report and make a final presentation to staff.