The College Board Graduate Public Policy Intern, Fall


Friday, August 11, 2017

The College Board, the national educational organization, is conducting a search for paid graduate-level Public Policy Interns. This position is based out of their DC office.

Internship timing: Early September 2017 – Mid December 2017

Hours per week: 15-25

The College Board seeks to ensure that every student has the opportunity to prepare for, enroll in, and graduate from college — particularly, low-income and underrepresented students, as well as students who are the first in their families with a chance to earn a postsecondary degree. The Policy interns have a unique opportunity to work in a fast-paced environment while gaining real-world experience with postsecondary policy development, higher education, policy research, and government relations. The public policy interns play a critical role in assisting the policy teams in researching, generating, and advancing policy ideas that clear a path for all students to own their future.  The interns will focus on K-12 and/or postsecondary issues, (e.g. college readiness, college affordability, state financial aid policy).

The primary responsibility of the interns will be to support the education policy development team, by: 

  • Developing an independent culminating project focused on advancing opportunity for underrepresented students — including low-income students, students of color, and students who are the first in their families with a chance to graduate from college
  • Collaborating with top national experts in postsecondary policy to develop research ideas and/or policy recommendations
  • Conducting literature reviews and policy scans on issues related to college readiness, access, and success
  • Attending and summarizing education-related meetings and Congressional hearings on behalf of the College Board
  • Monitoring federal legislative hearings
  • Analyzing quantitative and qualitative data to inform policy analysis, development, and advocacy
  • Developing compelling evidence-based advocacy materials to support the College Board’s advocacy efforts
  • Very minimal administrative work


  • General knowledge of K-12 and/or higher education issues from a state or national level
  • Demonstrated experience in examining educational challenges faced by underrepresented students
  • Strong analytical and/or research skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Applicant should fit into one of the following categories:
      • Currently enrolled (or accepted) in a master’s or doctoral-level program in public policy, education policy, or related discipline
      • A 2017 graduate of an undergraduate program exploring public policy or education policy graduate programs

To Apply:

Candidates must apply online through Interested applicants should submit a résumé and writing sample no later than August 11th, 2017. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. No phone calls will be accepted.