Strategic Impact Intern (August 2021 – May 2022 – Virtual)

Strategic Impact Intern (August 2021 – May 2022)

Position Title:  Lumina Foundation Strategic Impact Intern (August 2021 – May 2022)
Department:  Strategic Impact and Planning
Reports to:  Strategy Director, Strategic Alignment
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 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. Schedule can be negotiated with supervisor.


The candidate will be required to provide support, coordination, and issue research and advising on projects within the Strategic Impact and Planning unit that help to advance racial equity through the attainment of quality credentials that lead to economic mobility. The unit focuses on building data systems and evidence aligned with today’s students and tomorrow’s credentials to make continuous improvement, document effective practices, inform Lumina and the field, and measure progress and success against key metrics.

The candidate will work on projects across the three departments in the unit:

  • Data and Measurement includes both an internal-facing role focused on gathering and analyzing data that guide our strategy and an external-facing role focused on ensuring federal, national, and state data systems and measures speak to today’s students and all high-quality credentials.
  • Research and Evaluation builds the evidence-base for how best to support adult students of color (Black, Hispanic, and Native American) on their pathway to earning a quality credential that leads to employability, informing our internal strategic efforts and the field.
  • Strategic Alignment and Planning creates tools, resources, spaces for conversations, and the overall environment that supports cross-department knowledge sharing and alignment of work.

Data and/or research knowledge of one or more of these areas and their context is ideal (particularly with regards to adults, some college no degree and students of color).

  • Participation: Postsecondary enrollment and re-enrollment
  • Student Success: Persistence and completion of a high-quality postsecondary credential
  • Employment Aligned Credentials: Improving and expanding the postsecondary capacity to deliver high-quality credentials that lead to well-paying jobs and further pathways.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Track developments and trends in postsecondary data and research aligned with the content areas above especially for adults of color.
  • Manage short projects that leverage data, research, and knowledge from the field to inform internal strategies and implementation of grants.
  • Help to align the work across the foundation noting any trends that may impact current and future work.
  • Develop and maintain databases as needed.
  • Support structures and opportunities for strategic learning at the Foundation and in the field and support the team to ensure that learning and evaluation results are considered and integrated into ongoing efforts.
  • 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.
  • Engage with colleagues across the foundation through internal meetings and contribute to strategizing conversations.
  • Work 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
    • Commitment to advancing racial equity
    • 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 Lumina Foundation
    • 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, Organizational Development and Philanthropic Practice

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