Public Policy Intern (May 2024 – August 2024)

Department: Public Policy & States
Reports to: Strategy Director, Federal Policy
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Location: Washington, D.C., All Lumina staff and interns spend three working day per week in the Washington, D.C. office.
Duration: May 13 – August 9, 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 Public Policy & States team. This internship presents an exciting opportunity for aspiring higher education policy professionals to contribute to the foundation’s mission and gain hands-on experience in the philanthropic sector. This will involve engaging in research and policy analysis, meeting with external stakeholders and partners, and supporting Lumina’s engagement across a range of policies at the federal and state levels.


  • Advance Lumina’s commitment to addressing systemic racism and barriers to learning after high school among students of color
  • Pursue an independent project on a policy topic that aligns with Lumina’s goals and your career aspirations
  • Support the federal and state policy team’s efforts to stay abreast of policy developments by conducting and sharing analyses and attending relevant events
  • Assist staff in the development of deliverables and publications relevant to strategy work
  • Network with a wide variety of people and organizations
  • Organize events and provide occasional administrative and logistical support

Key Requirements

  • Ability to work in the Washington, DC
  • Strong communication (written and oral) and analytical skills

Education and Experience

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


  • Ability to work both independently and within 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/or practice, including barriers to completion for today’s students (e.g., students of color, low-income students, first-generation students, and adults)
  • Interest in philanthropy and its role in encouraging postsecondary attainment and closing equity gaps

Work Environment and Physical Demands

  • Work is performed in an office environment, mostly sedentary.
  • 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 28, 2024

Internship Interviews – March 1 – March 15, 2024

Internship Start and End: May 13 – August 9, 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