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Program Associate

Position Summary

The Program Associate will assist in the development of learning events and products, including forums, study tours, webinars, discussion groups, and publications, and the dissemination of policy and practice guidance to multiple audiences. Program Associates work on a range of education and youth policy issues depending on current grant projects, such as promoting comprehensive community-wide services and supports for vulnerable youth; aligning K-12 education, postsecondary education, workforce, and youth systems; personalizing student learning; and creating multiple pathways to college and career success.

The Program Associate will also assist in organizing learning events for national and state policymakers. This will entail conducting research on effective and innovative programs and policies, identifying potential topics and speakers for the events, interfacing with the speakers to help design the content of the events, helping to organize the events (with the support of the AYPF operations team), and conducting follow-up activities. The Program Associate will write a range of reports, summaries, and documents for dissemination to various audiences. The position requires travel several times a year. The Program Associate will be supervised by senior staff.


  • Experience in the field of education research and/or policy, ideally with a focus on college and career readiness and success, school reform, expanded learning, and/or youth development.
  • Knowledge of and experience in analyzing and interpreting qualitative and quantitative research and methodologies. Ability to summarize research and evaluative reports clearly and concisely.
  • Excellent writing, communication, critical thinking, and analytical skills, notably an ability to communicate complex information clearly to a policymaking audience through various forms of communication.
  • Ability to work independently and part of a team as appropriate to the work.
  • Highly organized, dedicated, responsible, and flexible.
  • Master’s degree in education, education research, or public policy preferred.
  • Committed to the mission of AYPF.

AYPF is a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional development organization based in Washington, DC. AYPF provides learning opportunities for individuals working on policy issues affecting youth at the national, state, and local levels. Participants in our learning activities include Congressional staff, Executive Branch aides, officers of professional and national associations, Washington-based state office staff, researchers, education and public affairs media, and state and local policy leaders including Governors’ education aides, chief state school officers, and state legislators and officials.

AYPF’s goal is to enable education and youth policymakers to be more effective in the development, enactment, and implementation of sound policies affecting our nation’s young people. We believe that knowing more about youth issues, both intellectually and experientially, will help policymakers formulate policies that have a positive impact on youth. AYPF does not lobby or take positions on pending legislation. We work to develop better communication, greater understanding, enhanced trust, and to create a climate that will result in constructive action. For more information about our activities, please visit our web site at www.aypf.org.

AYPF offers generous benefits and a small, congenial work environment. EOE/AA. Salary Range: based on experience. Please upload resume, cover letter indicating salary requirements, writing sample, and complete list of three references to our website using the link below by January 23, 2015.

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Contract Brief Writer

The American Youth Policy Forum is looking for an experienced brief writer to support our communications efforts on a contract basis. AYPF’s Capitol Hill forums and discussion groups bring together educators, policymakers, and researchers in an effort to bridge education and youth policy, practice, and research.The brief writer will be responsible for writing clear, concise, accurate briefs of the events to post on AYPF’s website. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Summarizing key education policy, practice, and research topics accurately
  • Delivering clear, concise, proofread briefs on deadline
  • Traveling to Capitol Hill and Hall of States events up to several times per week

Ability to capture the essence of speakers’ presentations, and compose concise summaries Ability to extract overarching themes, rather than just providing a chronological narrative Desire to contribute their ideas to how best to report on day-long meetings in the most useful way possible to participants.

This application process is rolling. Please include two writing samples, two professional references, and a cover letter and resume. Please feel free to also include a professional portfolio with your application. When applying, please contact gknowles@aypf.org. Please specify the job title you are applying for in the subject line, and include your last name in the title of your resume document.


Internships at AYPF are substantive in nature, and interns are integral members of our team. Interns are expected to engage in a variety of activities, including researching and analyzing data, writing fact sheets and summaries, and planning and helping to run forums and briefings on Capitol Hill.  AYPF offers a variety of professional development opportunities, including participation in policy discussions and opportunities to learn about best practices in education and youth policy. In addition to working directly with our staff, interns benefit from ample opportunities to interact with our national network of leading researchers, practitioners, and policymakers by participating in meetings and events in Washington, DC. Interns at AYPF may be eligible for a stipend based on hours worked.

Research/Policy Intern:

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Work with program staff to collect data for briefing papers, fact sheets, and publications.
  • Research promising practices to help identify potential programs to highlight in publications, forums, and study tours.
  • Track and analyze effective youth policies and practices in states and districts.
  • Assist with communications to key contacts on Capitol Hill.


  • Position requires an extremely organized, highly self-motivated, detail-oriented, and self-confident individual who can work effectively and independently. Candidates should have strong writing, research, and communication skills.
  • Experience using MS Office and Access database is a plus.
  • AYPF seeks undergraduate and graduate student interns with an interest in and commitment to improving the lives of youth.
  • An understanding of the nonprofit sector and a commitment to the mission and goals of AYPF
  • Ability to work at least 15-20 hours per week.

Here is what some of them have had to say about their experience at AYPF Please note that AYPF is now accepting applications for the Spring 2015 period. Our application process is rolling, and candidates selected for interviews will be contacted directly. Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications, we cannot respond to inquiries individually. To be considered for these internships, please upload your cover letter (including the period for which you’re applying), writing sample and resume and fill out the form below.

This application process is rolling. Please include a cover letter, resume, and two professional references. Please feel free to also include a professional portfolio with your application. When applying, please contact gknowles@aypf.org. Please specify the title of the internship you are applying for in the subject line, and include your last name in the title of your resume document.

AYPF is a great place for an internship.  The small working environment means not only do you have the opportunity to develop strong relationships with the rest of the staff, but it means you feel like you’re contributing substantially to the organization with the work you’re doing – rather than just making coffee and photocopying, for instance.  It also feels good to know the work you’re doing is socially beneficial as well.”

- S. Modak – University of Pennsylvania (Summer 2009 Intern)

The staff at AYPF is so warm and welcoming; they really make you feel like part of the team as well as open doors to experiences in the policy world. I would definitely recommend!

- J. D’Arminio – Cornell University (Spring 2008 Intern)

I have learned more about grants, office culture, organizational structure, strategic planning, and DC non-profit politics.  I have learned a great deal about juvenile justice, alternative education, No Child Left Behind, growth models, workforce development, and changing trends in education and how that affects economic opportunity.  Finally, I feel that this internship has shown me what, essentially, I like and how I can best do it.  I now know that I work better in a more active and structured atmosphere—I was not as successful researching independently as I thought I would be.”

- J. Jang – Wesleyan University (Summer 2006 Intern)

Congratulations on establishing such a positive, well-organized internship program and thank you for the opportunity to work at AYPF.  It was a truly enriching summer and I am leaving Washington with a lot of great take-aways and experiences.

- M. Luczak – Northwestern University (Summer 2010 Intern)


AYPF brings forth issues of major concern and allows persons from various professions the opportunity to come together to hear and debate these issues.

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