Strategic Impact Intern (May 2024- August 2024)

Department:  Strategic Impact and Planning
Reports to:  VP of Impact and Planning
Location: Indianapolis, USA. All Lumina staff and interns work three days per week in the Indianapolis office.
Duration:  May 13th 2024 – August 9, 2024
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:  40 hours weekly. Schedule can be negotiated with supervisor.


The candidate will be required to provide support, coordination, and assistance on the delivery of specific projects across 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 mostly work on projects with Data and Measurement, but may be asked to work across the three departments in the unit:

  • Data and Measurement (primary area of focus for the internship) 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.


  • Co-constructing, leading, and managing short projects that leverage data, research, and knowledge from the field to inform internal strategies and implementation of grants.
  • Identifying opportunities to elevate strong ideas from the field through writing, presenting, and assisting with convenings.
  • 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.

Education and Experience

  • Enrolled upper class undergraduate or graduate student, or a recent graduate; we will also consider an equivalent combination of work and learning experience.
  • Data and/or research knowledge of one or more of these areas and their context is ideal:
    • Data Analytics
    • Higher Education Data
    • Workforce Data


  • Stable access to high-speed internet
  • Commitment to advancing racial equity
  • Ability to analyze, synthesize, contextualize, and communicate research and trends as it relates to the goals of Lumina Foundation
  • Strong communication and analytical skills
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects at a time
  • Ability to work in the Indianapolis area

Work Environment and Physical Demands

  • Work is performed in an office environment, mostly sedentary.
  • Able to extensively use of various forms of technology.
  • Sitting and standing for long periods of time.
  • 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 28th, 2024
Internship Interviews – March 1- March 15th, 2024
Internship Start and End: May 13th – August 9th, 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