Public Policy Intern (August 2022 – May 2023)

Public Policy Intern (August 2022 – May 2023)

Position Title:  Lumina Foundation Public Policy Intern (Spring 2022)
Department:  Public Policy and States
Reports to: Strategy Director, State Policy
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana or Washington, D.C.
Duration: 2022-2023 Academic Year, August 22, 2022 – May 6, 2023
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: 24 hours weekly required, maximum of 40 hours. Prefer candidates who are willing to work 4-5 days per week. Schedule can be negotiated with supervisor.


The candidate will report to the strategy director for state policy and work with the public policy and states team as well as other program staff to conduct work related to a variety of postsecondary policies. Responsibilities will include:

  • Conducting research and analysis on policy issues both in response to requests from colleagues and through an independent project
  • Assisting staff in the development of relevant deliverables and with the tracking, collecting, and monitoring of databases and other information relevant to strategy work
  • Networking with a wide variety of people and organizations
  • Undertaking background research and literature reviews
  • Organizing events and providing occasional administrative and logistical support


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
  • Strong communication (written and oral) and analytical skills
  • Digital and technical literacy
  • Ability to collaborate and willingness to work with a team
  • Ability to juggle multiple assignments at the same time
  • Familiarity with federal and/or state policy environments
  • Familiarity with higher education policy and practice, especially barriers to completion for today’s students (students of color, low-income students, first-generation students, adults, veterans, etc.)
  • Familiarity with barriers, policy issues, and effective practice related to student and/or institutional finance; knowledge of institutional, state, and/or federal aid models
  • Interest in philanthropy and its role in encouraging postsecondary attainment and closing equity gaps
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to work in the Washington, D.C. or Indianapolis area

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

  1. a letter of interest addressed to Scott Jenkins, Strategy Director for State Policy
  2. a resume outlining experience relevant to the position

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis; posting will close on July 15, 2022.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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.