Innovation and Discovery Intern (May 2024 – August 2024)

Department: Innovation and Discovery
Reports to: Strategy Director, Innovation and Discovery
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Location: Washington, D.C., All Lumina staff and interns spend three working days per week in the Washington, DC office.
Duration: May 13th – August 9th 2024
Compensation: $16-$19 per hour for student enrolled in an undergraduate program
$18-$22 per hour for students enrolled in a graduate program or a recent graduate
Schedule: 20 hours weekly required, maximum of 40 hours. Schedule can be negotiated with supervisor.


The candidate will provide support and assistance on specific projects for the Innovation and Discovery (I&D) team. The I&D team supports the Foundation’s focus on postsecondary attainment and also seeks to consider other factors that could define the success and impact of systems of postsecondary learning, such as: individual and societal wellbeing and quality of life; living lives of purpose, agency, and meaning; and contributing to solving our most intractable societal problems. The I&D team has been particularly focused on the unique roles higher education can play in responding to systemic risks such as weakening democracy and climate change.

The Innovation & Discovery intern will focus on enhancing the foundation’s understanding of key topics and emerging issues by conducting research, completing landscape analyses, and drafting memos. They will also support internal and external meetings. This internship presents an exciting opportunity for aspiring professionals to contribute to the foundation’s mission and gain hands-on experience in the philanthropic sector.


  • Advance Lumina’s commitment to addressing systemic racism and barriers to learning after high school among students of color
  • Prepare background research and analysis from a diverse body of sources, including, e.g., traditional and social media, research studies and other reports, public policy proposals, and interviews of partners and subject matter experts
  • Attend and report back on external events, potentially both virtual and in-person in DC
  • Present findings to various audiences
  • Support meetings and engagements with internal colleagues or partner organizations

Education and Experience

Enrolled undergraduate or graduate student, or a recent graduate; we will also consider an equivalent combination of work and learning experience.

Qualifications and Key Requirements

  • Interest in the future of postsecondary education and in philanthropy’s role in solving the major challenges of our time, particularly how education and workforce strategies can respond effectively to systemic risks related to weakening democracy and climate change
  • Understanding of US postsecondary education systems
  • Commitment to advancing racial equity
  • Strong communication (written and oral) & analytical skills, particularly in working across different sources of evidence and information and in identifying intersectional themes
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Digital literacy and fluency in Microsoft Office suite
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to work in the DC or Indianapolis area (with a preference for DC)

Work Environment and Physical Demands

  • Work is performed in an office environment, mostly sedentary.
  • Able to extensively use of various forms of technology.
  • Sitting and standing for long periods of time.
  • Travel occurs infrequently but may include overnight stays.

This description is only a summary of the typical job functions, not an exhaustive list of all possible responsibilities, and may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.


Accepting Applications- February 1- February 28th, 2024

Internship Interviews – March 1- March 15th, 2024

Internship Start and End: May 13th – August 9th, 2024

Applicants should send the following to the e-mail address below:

  • A letter of interest
  • Resume outlining experience relevant to the position

Human Resources

Equal Opportunity Employer