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D.C. Policy Intern (Summer 2018)


  • 12 weeks
  • June 1—August 23 (dates approximate)


$18-$22/hour, depending on experience


  • At least 24 hours a week, maximum 40 hours
  • Schedule flexibility negotiated with supervisor


The candidate will be required to provide support and assistance on the delivery of specific projects across the D.C.-based staff. This will involve minimal administrative support; liaising with a wide variety of people and organizations, undertaking background research and literature reviews; writing, proofing, and editing of important deliverables; and the organization of events.

  • Work with strategy directordeputy director, and strategy officers to conduct work related to federal postsecondary policy, and student and institutional finance;
  • Conduct research on policy issues, and help staff in the development of relevant deliverables; and
  • Assist deputy director and strategy officers with the tracking, collecting, and monitoring of databases relevant to strategy work.


  • Strong communication (written and oral) & analytical skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Digital and technical literacy
  • Ability to collaborate and willingness to work with a team
  • Familiarity with federal policy environment
  • Familiarity with higher education policy, 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


  • A currently enrolled Masters/Doctoral/professional program candidate
  • Recent graduate degree recipients also considered

Applicants should send 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 April 16, 2018.

Jessse O'Connell
Deputy Director, Finance & Federal Policy

Lumina Foundation
30 S. Meridian St., Suite 700
Indianapolis, IN 46204