General Description
Working as an intern with NASBE can provide an experience that encompasses both the nonprofit and public sectors. The internship will give you an opportunity to interact with state board of education members, education leaders, policy experts, and government officials–all who work together shaping public education policy. NASBE offers a great working atmosphere and provides the opportunity to work with different parts of a nonprofit organization. For those who are interested in education and education policy, an internship can provide a great opportunity in exchange for college credit. If you are interested in shaping education policy or working with policymakers, then apply today.

General Qualifications

  • Currently attending an institution of higher education that allows internships and in which the student has obtained permission to participate.
  • A beginning knowledge of federal or state government.
  • Some working knowledge of education issues and vocabulary.
  • An ability to think critically and analytically.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Fluency with MS Office software.
  • Excellent keyboard skills.

How to Apply
Send a cover letter, resume, and a short writing sample (excerpts are fine) to ameliav@nasbe.org with “Application for Internship” in the subject heading. You must specify which internship(s) you are applying to in your cover letter. Applications are rolling.

Open Internship Positions

Spring 2015 College, Career, and Civic Readiness Intern (Application deadline December 1st)

Paid internship at the National Association of State Boards of Education for someone interested in education policy, especially state standards or state and local government. 16 hours per week minimum required. Internship will mainly involve verifying and researching educational laws and policies for an education law database, with additional opportunities to do substantive policy writing and research available. Must work in NASBE’s Arlington office at least 1 day per week, but preference given to those working all 16 hours in the office. Interns will receive a stipend, with the amount dependent on the number of hours they work. Applicants are encouraged to apply prior to the application deadline as applications are considered on a rolling basis.

Spring 2015 Deeper Learning Intern (Application deadline December 15th)

Paid internship at the National Association of State Boards of Education for someone interested in education policy, especially deeper learning, student engagement, educational leadership, career and technical education, or state and local government. 16 hours per week minimum required. Internship will mainly involve verifying and researching educational laws and policies for an education law database, with additional opportunities to do substantive policy writing and research available. Must work in NASBE’s Arlington office at least 1 day per week, but preference given to those working all 16 hours in the office. Interns will receive a stipend, with the amount dependent on the number of hours they work. Applicants are encouraged to apply prior to the application deadline as applications are considered on a rolling basis.

Summer 2015 Legal Fellow (Application deadline March 1st)

Paid full-time summer 2014 legal internship at the National Association of State Boards of Education for a law student or recent law school graduate interested in education policy, privacy law (especially as related to education or medical law), and/or a career as a legal researcher or policy analyst. Full-time fellowship (with flexibility for students with summer classes) will involve extensive work in education data privacy, including researching and drafting short and long publications and other meeting preparation and state-specific policy-planning assignments. The ideal intern would have excellent writing and researching abilities, a background or interest in education or privacy law, and an eye for detail. Fellows will receive $1000 per month, though law students can choose to instead receive school credit if they prefer and be reimbursed for reasonable expenses (conforming with ABA Standard 305). Must work in NASBE’s Arlington office at least 3 days per week. A resume, cover letter, and 2 writing samples (one 1-5 pages, one 5-20 pages) are required. Applicants are encouraged to apply prior to the application deadline as applications are considered on a rolling basis.

Logistics
Interns may receive a stipend for a semester depending on their assignment, time commitment and financial need. NASBE offices are located at 333 John Carlyle Street in Alexandria, VA and are easily accessible from the DC metro yellow and blue lines at the King street metro stop. Start dates are somewhat flexible depending upon a student’s school schedule. Student is responsible for housing, board, and transportation.

Responsibilities – General association responsibilities may include:

  • following K-12 education laws and policies at the national and state level
  • writing informational items for the membership
  • attending hearings, press conferences and other events
  • performing federal or state-level legal research
  • completion and presentation of a final project to NASBE staff
  • representing the organization in meetings with other educational organizations
  • putting information together for our membership
  • assisting at conferences
  • writing internal reports for panels and presentations attended
  • updating selected sections of website
  • reviewing past NASBE publications for website uploads
  • ability to travel locally