Public Policy Intern (Summer 2023)

Public Policy Intern (Summer 2023)

Position Title:  Public Policy Intern (Summer 2023)
Department:  Public Policy an States
Reports to:  Strategy Director, State Policy
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana or Washington, DC
Duration:  12 weeks, May 17 – August 11, 2023
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:  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 other information relevant to strategy work
  • Networking with a wide variety of people and organizations
  • Undertaking background research on policy topics 


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


  • Interest in philanthropy and its role in encouraging postsecondary attainment and closing equity gaps
  • 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
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to work in the Washington, DC or Indianapolis, Indiana 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 April 1, 2023.

Amber Shelton
Human Resources Manager

Equal Opportunity Employer