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Spring 2020 PreK-12 Education Policy Internship

New America’s Education Policy Program seeks applicants who have a strong interest in education policy for a paid Spring 2019 internship. The intern will primarily assist the program’s PreK-12 team with research, data, and policy analysis for issue briefs and policy reports. Interns must be self-starters who are excited to work both independently and as part of a team on a variety of education-related research projects. New America’s PreK-12 team explores key issues in education using a research-based and solutions-oriented approach grounded in principles of equity, efficiency, quality, and transparency. From educator quality, to school finance, to college- and career-ready standards and assessments, our team researches and analyzes existing federal, state, and local policies, investigates and highlights where promising practices already exist, and proposes innovative new approaches for the field.

New America’s Education Policy Program is a think-tank industry leader in early and elementary education, PreK-12, higher education, and the workforce. In addition to conducting research and analysis in the area of PreK-12 education policy, 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 15-20 hours a week in our downtown D.C. office.
  • Research and report on an array of education policy issues related to PreK-12 education including educator quality, special populations (e.g. English learners, students with disabilities), culturally responsive teaching, resource equity and school accountability.
  • Write for New America's education blog (
  • Assist with planning and staffing New America Education Policy Program events
  • Attend events and Congressional hearings on behalf of the education program
  • Minimal administrative work


  • Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of education policy. Because of the content knowledge necessary for this position, a graduate student or experienced undergraduate student is preferred
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative research abilities
  • Excellent writing and communications skills
  • Passion for education and equity issues
  • Intellectual curiosity, motivation, and a desire to learn on-the-job

Additional details: We will provide an hourly rate plus a travel stipend


Application Process:


Please submit a cover letter depicting your experience, current resume and a brief (no more than three 3 pages) writing sample.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so early submissions by October 28, 2019 are recommended.




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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