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Fall 2021 - Higher Education Intern (paid)

New America’s Education Policy Program seeks applicants who have a strong interest in higher education policy for a paid fully-remote internship in Fall 2021. The intern will primarily assist the program’s higher education team with research, data, and policy analysis for various projects, 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 virtual 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 New America virtual events, professional development, and off-the-record policy lunches with fellows and staff from other New America policy programs.


  • Work approximately 20-40 hours per week (depending on your availability) 
  • Conduct research and analysis on education policy issues
  • Write for the Education Policy Program’s blog, EdCentral
  • Assist with planning and staffing for virtual New America Education Policy Program events
  • Attend virtual events and Congressional hearings on behalf of the education program
  • Perform some administrative work supporting New America projects


  • Demonstrated interest in higher education policy. Because of the content knowledge in higher education policy needed for this position, an undergraduate or graduate student with knowledge of institutional, state, and/or federal higher education policy is preferred
  • Excellent writing and communications skills; previous blogging experience or writing for a public audience a plus
  • Passion for education and equity
  • 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
  • Able to work remotely and attend some scheduled meetings 10am-4pm eastern

Application Process:

Please submit a cover letter depicting your experience, a current resume, and respond to this question (no more than 300 words): What do you believe is the most pressing issue in higher education policy (either institutional, state, or federal) for students today, and how can policymakers and/or colleges and universities address it? Only candidates with all required materials are considered.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, but candidates who apply by 11:59PM EST June 30th are given priority. The ideal candidate would be available to start by mid August/mid September.


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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