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National Education Association | Washington, District of Columbia
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Job Description

Posting Period: October 30, 2018 - OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Salary: $15 an hour

NEA is seeking individuals interested in participating in the NEA Winter/Spring 2019 internship session, which will begin on January 15, 2019 and will end on or before May 24, 2019. Interns who receive a stipend may intern up to a maximum of twenty (20) hours a week.

The NEA Internship Program provides interns with training, learning opportunities, and educational experiences through a variety of rich and substantive programmatic experiences that support quality public education. These experiences may include conducting research; data analysis; writing, editing, using Internet applications and social media; participating in and assisting with meetings and policy forums; visits to Capitol Hill; and other appropriate program-related activities. The internships range from six weeks to a full semester.

Position Summary

The NEA partners with institutions of higher education and other organizations to identify interns - generally juniors, seniors, recent college graduates (up to 18 months) or graduate students - who are interested in public education policy and education issues. Students pursuing degrees in Political Science, Government, Public Policy, Education and related disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Position Emphasis: This position supports NEA's strategic objective to focus the energy and resources of its 3 million members toward the promotion of public education by participating in internship opportunities in departments within the Center for Advocacy.


Description of Proposed Intern Assignment(s):

As part of the learning experience, intern will assist with strategic planning, learn to develop and evaluate data and documents to support pro-public education candidates and advance Association priorities in political and legislative campaigns. Assist with data collection and analysis of teacher pay, contract language searches. Intern will attend symposia and write summaries related to a variety of issues, such as health care and pension benefits, and student-centered-advocacy.

Intern will assist with the development and implementation of campaign strategies both at headquarters and in conjunction with state affiliates.

Assignments will vary, and will include activities such as drafting summaries of polls, drafting brochures on a range of topics; conducting data analysis and pulls and developing talking points. Intern will assist with developing complex research that will be distilled into actionable language for various audiences, and work collaboratively with team members to have content designed and produced for distribution either in print or online.

All Interns will work with staff on projects that assist NEA members, governance, affiliate staff, on federal legislative activity impacting educators and public education priorities.

Expected skills and opportunities for development that the intern may obtain from this educational experience.

Develop writing skills, media and political campaign evaluation and analysis. Experience going to the "Hill" lobbying; take notes and prepare meeting summaries taking notes, create oral and written presentations. Learn about lobbying strategies and activities at the Federal agency level. Develop skills in analysis of opinion research methods & applications, message discipline, collective bargaining. Gain legislative knowledge and use data, including polls, TV and media ads and marketing information to inform decisions. Use Excel to analyze and interpret candidate expenditures.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the following is provided: The position involves creative and analytical thinking; oral and written communication skills; meticulous attention to detail; human relations skills; use of computer keyboard; sitting, standing or walking for long periods; stooping, bending, and reaching; and stamina to work long hours and ability to travel by various conveyances, e.g., automobile, metro rail, or bus. Interested candidates should apply online at www.nea.org/jobs.


Click on "New Resume" to upload your resume and application materials. Please submit the following documents:

1) Resume

2) Cover letter

3) Two (2) letters of recommendation

4) Two (2) writing samples - one up to five (5) pages and one over five (5) pages

Only completed applications will be considered. Individuals selected for an interview with be contacted by the Center or department and additional samples may be required at the time of the interview.


About National Education Association

About NAEYC: NAEYC Accreditation represents the mark of quality in early childhood education. To achieve NAEYC Accreditation, early childhood education programs volunteer to be measured against the most robust and rigorous national standards on education, health and safety. Today, more than 11,000 NAEYC accredited early childhood education programs serve families around the nation. NAEYC accredited programs invest in early childhood education because they believe in the benefits to children and families. Early childhood experiences-from birth to age 8-have an enormous impact on children's lifelong learning and positively contribute to their health and development. Early childhood education programs with the mark of quality benefit children with greater readiness for and success in school.

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