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Spring 2020 Higher Education Internship

New America’s Education Policy Program seeks applicants who have a strong interest in higher education policy for a paid Spring 2020 internship. The intern will primarily assist the program’s higher education team with research, data, and policy analysis for issue briefs and policy reports, in addition to writing blogs for the program’s website, EdCentral. Interns must be self-starters who are excited to work both independently and as part of a team on a variety of higher education research projects. 


New America’s Education Policy Program is a think-tank industry leader in PreK-12, higher education, and the workforce. In addition to conducting research and analysis in these areas, interns will have the opportunity to publish their own blog posts and other work, attend events on behalf of New America, and gain exposure to some of the brightest and most ambitious thinkers in the field. They will also have the opportunity to attend in-house events, professional development, and off-the-record policy lunches with fellows and staff from other New America policy programs.



  • Work approximately 20-30 hours per week in our downtown D.C. office
  • Conduct research and analysis on education policy issues
  • Write for the Education Policy Program’s blog, EdCentral
  • Assist with planning and staffing New America Education Policy Program events
  • Attend events and Congressional hearings on behalf of the education program
  • Perform some administrative work supporting New America projects



  • Demonstrated interest in higher education policy strongly preferred. Because of the content knowledge necessary for this position, a graduate student or experienced undergraduate student is preferred.
  • Excellent writing and communications skills. Previous blogging experience or writing for a public audience a plus.
  • Passion for education and equity issues.
  • Intellectual curiosity, motivation, and a desire to learn on-the-job. Must be a self-starter and have the ability to work independently and with a team.
  • Strong research abilities. Experience using statistical analysis software (Stata, R) preferred.

Application Process:


Please submit a cover letter depicting your experience, a current resume and a brief writing sample (no more than three 3 pages). Only candidates with all required materials are considered. 


Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, but candidates who apply before Oct 28, 2019 are preferred. The ideal candidate would be available to start in early-to-mid-January.




New America is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce at all levels of the organization thereby creating a culture that allows us to better serve our clientele, our employees and our communities. We value and encourage the contributions of our employees and strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and drive outstanding results.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law. This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits, and termination.

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