Internship Opportunities

Internships at AYPF are paid and are substantive in nature, and interns are integral members of our team. For Fall 2020, the internships will likely be remote.

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 execute online events, including roundtables and webinars.  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 online meetings and events.

AYPF is accepting applications for:

Research and Policy Intern (Fall 2020)

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.

Qualifications:

  • 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.
  • Author and co-author blog posts, articles, fact sheets, and other written materials.
  • 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 education policy and a commitment to the mission and goals of AYPF.
  • Ability to work at least 15-20 hours per week.

How To Apply:

Please include a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and two professional references. Feel free to also include a professional portfolio with your application. When applying, please contact Loretta Goodwin. Please specify the title of the internship and period you are applying for in the subject line, and include your last name in the title of your resume document.

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.

Development and Marketing Intern (Fall 2020)

Internship Overview:

The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) seeks a Development and Marketing Intern to support AYPF’s marketing and fund development goals. The intern will report to the Executive Director.

The Experience at AYPF Will:

  • Provide direct learning/experience in non-profit development and marketing/communications
  • Provide exposure to the Washington, DC policy world
  • Cultivate a deeper awareness of self, skills, and interests
  • Provide the opportunity to be creative and entrepreneurial regarding the work and experience at AYPF

Primary Responsibilities Include:

The Development and Marketing Intern will have the opportunity to contribute in the following ways:

Fund Development Duties:

  • Conduct background research on potential donors (individuals, foundations, and corporations)
  • Assist in drafting fundraising and marketing documents
  • Enter and update information in AYPF’s database
  • Organize materials for fundraising events and meetings 

Marketing Duties:

  • Assist in drafting draft press releases, newsletters, and articles
  • Assist in developing a strategy to manage and grow AYPF’s social media presence on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook
  • Update the AYPF comprehensive press and VIP list

In Addition:

  • Support senior staff at internal and external meetings
  • Take part in staff meetings
  • Provide general administrative support as needed

Qualifications:

  • Be working on or have completed a college degree or higher
  • Be able to commit to at least 15-20 hours per week
  • Demonstrated experience with social media
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills
  • Work well on individual or team projects
  • Be flexible and proactive with regard to work assignments
  • Display a high command of written and spoken English
  • Pay attention to detail
  • Be fluent with Microsoft Office and online communication tools (as well as comfortable learning new software and systems)

How To Apply:

Please include a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and two (2) professional references. When applying, please contact Loretta Goodwin. Please specify the title of the internship and period you are applying for in the subject line, and include your last name in the title of your resume document.

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.