The only organization dedicated solely to helping state boards advance equity and excellence in public education.

NASBE’s Internship Program

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. All applications are rolling.

Open Internship Positions

Spring 2018 Publications Intern (applications rolling)

The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) seeks an intern to support its publishing work. Duties include research, writing, proofing, production editing, supporting association meetings, and communicating with authors, designers, and printers. This paid position requires mastery of Microsoft Word, knowledge of Excel and Creative Suite applications, 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 is desired, as is knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style. Design experience or photo research experience is a plus, as is interest in education policy or public policymaking generally.

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

Spring 2018 Research and Policy Intern (applications rolling)

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.

Spring 2018 Early Childhood Education Intern 

The National Association of State Boards of Education seeks an Early Childhood Education (ECE) intern to support the ECE project during spring 2018. The ideal candidate should have a strong interest in education, experience in policy research, have basic knowledge of state policies, especially in the field of ECE, and is detail-oriented. This is a paid, part-time internship position that requires 20 hours a week. 

Responsibilities include: 
• Work closely with the Project Manager of Early Childhood Education on policy research, analysis and audit
• Research on exiting data on early care and education (birth to age eight) with a special focus on the workforce issues, which include teachers and leaders
• Write policy briefs, memos and updates upon requests
• Read state board of education’s meeting agenda and minutes to provide summary and memo
• Support the planning and execution of Advisory Group meeting, Early Learning Network meeting, convening events and webinars
• Research fundraising opportunities and assist in fundraising activities
• Assist in early childhood education webpage formatting and content updating
• Support logistic needs in the office and respond to technical assistance requests from the Network states
• Attend meetings and events, and report back to the Project Manager

Education and experience: 
• Undergraduate or graduate students in education, political science, or other relevant programs, with demonstrated research experience. 
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Demonstrated knowledge of education policies at state level
• Strong interest in early childhood education

To apply, please email your cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Please put “Early Childhood Education 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