Fields: education, campaigns, policy, advocacy, outreach
Location: Remote, Multiple
About the Organization: The College Promise Campaign is a national, non-partisan initiative to build broad public support for funding the first two years of higher education for hard-working students, starting in America’s community colleges. We want the first two years of college to become as universal, free, and accessible as high school has been for nearly a century! While this is a national movement, local communities and states are leading the way to create College Promise programs, which cover tuition and fees leading to a community college degree or occupational certificate. Our Campaign encourages visionary leaders throughout our nation to use their ingenuity and persistence to put the College Promise in place, enabling students to complete their college degrees and certificates without the burden of unmanageable debt. We are an initiative of Civic Nation, a charitable and educational 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in 2015. Civic Nation promotes sensible solutions to challenges in the areas of federal, state, and local policy. It educates the public about policy issues arising from those challenges.
About the Position: The College Promise Fellowship/Internship Program is designed to engage selected fellows and interns in the field of higher education policy, research, outreach, engagement, and operations through leadership opportunities, hard work, and unique campaign experiences. Fellows and interns are integral to the Campaign’s success and the growth of the College Promise movement underway in more than 300 communities and 45 states. The CPC Fellowship / Internship Program is based in Washington, D.C., with remote offices in CO, AZ, TX, and CA. Fellows and Interns are hired for a semester, a quarter or a year. Positions can be full- or half-time and may require occasional weekend or evening work.
Each fellow or intern will become part of the CPC team, but primarily focus on one of the following mission-critical areas based on ongoing Mission priorities:
- Research and Policy – conducts a wide variety of research on College Promise programs; inputs College Promise programs into a database; track impacts of high quality College Promise programs; conducts research for grants and special projects; and provides research and policy ideas to the Director of Research and Policy.
- Outreach and Engagement – supports coalition building; events and initiatives for target populations; actively manages the general inbox and follow-up through email or phone correspondence; and develops tools to help state and local leaders grow and sustain the movement.
- Operations – supports organizational development and strategic alignment; and effective management across Promise partnerships, the National Advisory Board, Founder’s Circle, and Donors.
- Development – supports financial sustainability; conducts research on potential and existing donors; prepares development briefs, reports and proposals; and tracks grants deliverables and donor contacts.
- Communications – supports earned media efforts; develops and executes press releases, op-eds, and social media content; drafts vignettes to highlight data-driven impacts of high-quality College Promise programs.
The CPC team is small, and relationships are critical. All fellows and interns will also assist with a variety of administrative or logistical tasks, as needed.
Special Requirements/Qualifications: CPC fellows and interns must demonstrate initiative, attention to detail, the ability to multi-task, and confidence working both independently and as part of a trusted team to contribute work products and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment. Excellent written, oral communication, and interpersonal skills are required for success as a fellow or intern. Internship candidates should be current undergraduate students. Fellowship candidates should be recent college graduates or current graduate students. Those with a community college background are strongly encouraged to apply. Preference will also be given for experience in education policy, research, student leadership, development, operations, and/or organizing.
Estimated Salary: $1600-$2,000 per month, depending on experience. At $1,600, with 20 hours of work per week, this works out to $20/hour.
Deadline: August 15, 2018