Learning and Work Intern (August 2021 – May 2022 – Virtual)

Learning and Work Intern

Position Title:  Lumina Foundation Learning and Work Intern (August 2021 – May 2022)
Department:  Learning and Work
Reports to:  Strategy Director, Student Success at Community Colleges
Location: Remote
Duration:  2021-2022 Academic Year, mid-August through mid-May. Dates are approximate and will be coordinated with the selected candidate.
Compensation: $16-$19 per hour for a student enrolled in an undergraduate program
$18-$22 per hour for students enrolled in a graduate program or a recent graduate
Schedule:  15 hours weekly required, maximum of 20 hours weekly. Prefer candidates who are willing to work 4-5 days per week. Schedule can be negotiated with supervisor.


The candidate will be required to provide support, coordination, and issue research and advising on projects within the Learning and Work portfolio. The overall portfolio strategy revolves around three key priorities with an intentional emphasis on helping to advance racial equity through the attainment of quality credentials that lead to economic mobility.

  • Participation: Identifying and scaling practices in enrolling and re-enrolling.
  • Student Success: Strengthening and bridging short-term credential to associate degree pathways, with bundled supports and culturally sustaining practices.
  • Employment Aligned Credentials: Expanding community college capacity to deliver high quality sub baccalaureate credentials that lead to well-paying jobs and further pathways.

Knowledge of one or more of these areas and their context is required, and substantive knowledge is ideal. While the candidate will be supporting projects across these three priority areas at all community colleges, it is most likely that the candidate will be supporting projects that involve the design and implementation of these priorities at two-year, minority-serving institutions. Responsibilities will include:

  • Tracking developments and trends at community colleges within the context of an equitable economic recovery for adults of color.
  • Short projects that leverage research and knowledge from the field to inform portfolio strategies and implementation of grants, especially two-year minority-serving institutions.
  • Developing and maintaining a database of institutions, programs, and related efforts that are aligned to the priorities of the Learning and Work portfolio.
  • Coordinate with the Learning and Work team to identify meaningful ways to support two-year minority-serving institutions and the organizations that support them.
  • Identify opportunities to elevate strong ideas from the field through writing, presenting, and assisting with convenings.
  • Assist in the management of grants and contracts, including tracking and reviewing grant reports.
  • Engaging with colleagues across the foundation through internal meetings and contribute to strategizing conversations.
  • Working alongside strategy officers and directors to manage project coordinating tasks.
  • Other projects or tasks that the candidate and supervisor agree are related to the portfolio.


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


  • Stable access to high-speed internet
  • Knowledge of community colleges, higher education systems, and their multilayered contexts
  • Ability to analyze, synthesize, contextualize, and communicate research and trends as it relates to the goals of the Learning and Work portfolio
  • Commitment to advancing racial equity
  • Strong communication and analytical skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects at a time
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office

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

  1. a letter of interest
  2. a resume outlining experience relevant to the position and desired compensation.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis; posting will close on May 14, 2021.

Susan D. Johnson
Director, Operations and Grants Administration

About Lumina Foundation
Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. We envision a system that is easy to navigate, delivers fair results, and meets the nation’s need for talent through a broad range of credentials. Our goal is to prepare people for informed citizenship and for success in a global economy.

Equal Opportunity Employer