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 with “Application for NASBE 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 2017 Legal Fellow (applications rolling)

Full-time legal fellowship 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. This fellowship 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 $1250 per month for full-time work, though law students can choose to instead receive school credit if they prefer and be reimbursed for reasonable expenses (conforming with ABA Standard 305). Send a resume, cover letter, and 2 writing samples (one 1-5 pages, one 5-20 pages) to Applicants are encouraged to apply prior to the application deadline as applications are considered on a rolling basis.

Spring 2017  Publications/Communications Intern (applications rolling)

The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) seeks an intern to support its publishing and communications work. Publications duties include writing short items for NASBE’s journal and newsletter, proofing, production editing, and communicating with authors, designers, and printers. Communications duties include tracking the impact of NASBE work through monitoring press hits and social media, researching and writing press releases, creating targeted press lists and distributing press releases, tracking issues in the news, and posting items to NASBE’s website.

This paid position requires mastery of Microsoft Word, knowledge of Excel, attention to detail, can-do spirit, ability to work independently and as part of a team, and a thorough grasp of grammar, style, punctuation, and proofing marks. Experience in writing and editing research-based articles, press releases, or news items desired. Knowledge of WordPress, Adobe Illustrator, and InDesign is a plus, as is design experience or photo research experience. Knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style or AP Style is a plus. Knowledge and interest in education policy or public policymaking generally is a plus.

Send resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Please put “Publications and Communications Intern” in the email subject line.

Spring 2017 Research and Policy Intern

The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) seeks an intern to support its data collection research and policy development work. Duties include researching and tracking state board of education meeting agendas and minutes, assisting in research analysis, and writing short reports.

This paid position requires attention to detail, a can-do spirit, the ability to work independently and as part of a team, an interest in learning new skills and adapting to new platforms, and proficiency in online research. Experience in research and an understanding of education issues are a plus. Upper level undergraduate and graduate level students preferred.

NASBE is a nonprofit association that represents state and territorial boards of education. Its principal objectives are to strengthen state leadership in education policymaking, promote excellence in the education of all students, advocate equality of access to educational opportunity, and ensure continued citizen support for public education.

Send resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Please put Research and Policy Intern in the email subject line.



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