The Data Quality Campaign (DQC) is one of the country’s leading education advocacy organizations, with a 15-year track record of success and a growing, talented staff headquartered in Washington, DC. DQC is a nonprofit policy and advocacy organization leading the effort to bring every part of the education community together to empower educators, families, and policymakers with quality information to make decisions that ensure that students excel. To realize this vision, DQC works toward three goals:
1. Increase public understanding of the value of data in supporting the student journey through the P–20W pipeline (early education, K–12, postsecondary and workforce).
2. Build the capacity of policy and education leaders to develop trust with communities to ensure data is used.
3. Ensure that state leaders use the policy levers available to them across P–20W to make data work for students and communities.
If you want to work at an organization that cares passionately about changing the role of data in education so that every student is not only counted, but counts, DQC is the place for you. DQC values the diverse backgrounds, experiences, and opinions that each team member brings to this work—and seeks to add individuals who continue to expand our thinking, push our boundaries, and commit to bringing their whole selves and experiences to our team.
Note: DQC’s staff is headquartered in Washington, DC, and is currently working remotely. We expect to return to the office in a hybrid work environment no earlier than September 2021 (this date is subject to change). We will give preference to applicants who reside in the DC area, but are open to qualified candidates who reside outside of DC.
The Fall 2021 Graduate Intern will work across the organization to assist in day-to-day and long-term projects. The intern will also be given the opportunity to work on an independent project that meets their own interests as well as those of DQC. This internship is an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in local, state, and federal education policy. Interns in this position should expect to develop their communication, organizational, and leadership skills, as well as obtain experience in a remote environment and gain a unique perspective in education policy, focusing on the effective use of data to improve individual education and workforce journeys.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
· Conducting research regarding education data policy, state policy and related initiatives, and state and federal legislative research.
· Engage in DQC’s communications activities such as completing various tasks for publications, website, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other platforms, as well as maintaining and enhancing DQC’s listserv contacts through Mailchimp and DQC’s media contacts through Meltwater.
· Supporting the execution of DQC-hosted meetings and events.
· Attending virtual events on behalf of DQC and briefing team members afterward.
· Summarizing relevant policy reports and other publications.
· Populating and updating internal tracking tools that monitor publications, media, and presentations.
· Other work as assigned.
Requirements & Qualifications
The ideal candidate has:
· Completed an undergraduate degree and is working toward completion of a graduate degree in education, public policy, political science, or a related field.
· Excellent writing and communication skills.
· Effective time-management skills.
· The ability to handle multiple short-term projects in a fast-paced environment.
· A team-oriented work style.
· A passion for education.
· Relevant internships or work experience (preferred).
DQC is seeking part-time candidates able to work up to 20 hours a week remote for eight weeks (September 27, 2021 – November 19, 2021). There may be some flexibility in these dates.
Due to COVID-19 and the understanding that DQC staff may still be teleworking during this time, this will be a remote position, though priority will be given to DC-based candidates. Coordination and communication with DQC staff will take place primarily through telecommunication platforms, requiring the intern to have a personal computer and an internet connection.