Communications/Policy and Research Intern


The Learning Policy Institute conducts and communicates independent, high-quality research to improve education policy and practice. Working with policymakers, researchers, educators, community groups, and others, the Institute seeks to advance evidence-based policies that support empowering and equitable learning for each and every child. Nonprofit and nonpartisan, the Institute connects policymakers and stakeholders at the local, state, and federal levels with the evidence, ideas, and actions needed to strengthen the education system from preschool through college and career readiness.

Core duties: The intern will work directly with members of the communications team to:

  • Assist with promotion of LPI’s research and policy work, including conducting social media outreach on a variety of platforms, building media and organizational lists, drafting select outreach materials, pitching reporters, and attending and staffing events.
  • Assist with production work, including developing event materials, drafting web text, and assisting with inventory updates.
  • Other administrative duties as assigned.

This position will also involve policy and research work. Core duties for that function include working with the policy and research teams to:

  • Assist with a broad set of activities that support policy advancement at the federal and state level, such as legislative research, legislative briefing/hearings attendance, and memo drafting.
  • Complete research tasks as assigned, such as conducting literature reviews and background research; finding, organizing, and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data; and preparing memos, briefs, reports, and presentations.

Skills and Qualifications: We’re looking for an undergraduate student interested in communications or public relations work related to the intersection of research, public policy, and education. The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of or experience conducting social and traditional media outreach.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Familiarity and experience with qualitative and quantitative research and analysis.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of or experience working on education research, national reform efforts, policy and advocacy, federal/state policies and processes, or within the education field.
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).

To apply: Intern positions are paid. The application deadline for Summer 2019 internships is April 15. 

  • Submit your resume, a cover letter expressing interest in the position with dates of availability, three references, and two writing samples, one that highlights your research and analysis skills and the other a newswriting sample (such as an article for a newspaper or magazine or a newswriting class) here.
  • All application materials must be in one PDF file. Submissions with multiple email attachments will not be accepted.
  • The position is based in the Palo Alto, CA office.

If you have any questions, please email