Education policy consists of the governing guidelines and laws of educational institutions including institutions of higher education. Policy analysts, developers and researchers address issues in education including school and class size, school choice, tracking, hiring, certification, salaries, curriculum, graduation requirements, equity and access, and institutional values and missions.
Organizations & Internships
Center for American Progress: An independent nonpartisan educational institute dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action. We believe an open and effective government can champion the common good over narrow self-interest, harness the strength of our diversity, and secure the rights and safety of its people. Interns will be directly engaged with the organization’s policy experts and participate in a variety of activities, including research, writing, and web-based projects. They will also assist staff with administrative tasks and help organize the organization’s many conferences and events.American Progress offers a monetary stipend as well as a transportation subsidy for interns.
Children’s Defense Fund: The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) is a non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for more than 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. We champion policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality education and a moral and spiritual foundation. Interns provide administrative and program support to CDF’s professional staff; draft memoranda on current and future policy issues, conduct research, track legislative activities, attend hearings and coalition meetings, and participate in a wide-range of other CDF activities.
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights offer a substantive, fast-paced internship program designed to give undergraduate students interested in civil and human rights, public service, advocacy, journalism and online communications, real-world work experience in the policy arena. The program provides interns the chance to increase their knowledge and awareness of civil and human rights issues, enhance their understanding of coalition politics, and observe the legislative process of our federal government. Interns are fully integrated into staff activities and involved in field operations, development work, web content, and communications work.
National Council of La Raza (NCLR): The largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Through its network of nearly 300 affiliated community-based organizations, NCLR reaches millions of Hispanics each year in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. Internships are available to work with a number of NCLR offices in California, Texas, New York, and DC.
The Education Trust internship program is for individuals who believe that all students can achieve at high levels and who want to work as part of a team committed to that goal. The program is designed for undergraduates, recent graduates, and graduate students who are capable of doing staff-level work under minimal supervision.