Internship Opportunity

The Center for Public Education (CPE) at the National School Boards Association (NSBA) seeks policy research interns for the spring and summer 2017 semesters to work closely with CPE’s research analyst in conducting education policy research.

CPE is a national resource for accurate, timely, and credible information about public education and its importance to the well-being of our nation. CPE provides up-to-date research, data, and analysis on current education issues and explores ways to improve student achievement and engage public support for public schools.  The Center serves as America’s one-stop shop for clear, concise, and trusted information about public education, leading to more understanding about our schools, more community-wide involvement, and better decision-making by school leaders on behalf of all students in their classrooms.  Approximately 80,000 people visit the CPE website monthly (, providing the opportunity for wide visibility.

Primary duties include:

  • Contribute to a major CPE research report to be published on CPE website. Your contribution will be acknowledged on the report, and may also include an article under your name for NSBA’s flagship publication, “American School Board Journal.” Current projects focus on early elementary education and school principals.
  • Summarize findings of significant education reports on CPE’s blog
  • Analyze statistical data from the National Center for Education Statistics
  • Update CPE’s previous data reports
  • Attend briefings/conferences in the Washington, DC area

Job qualifications: A graduate student studying education policy, public policy, statistics, economics, early childhood education, or a related field. The student should also have a strong interest in education policy and research.

Internship dates and hours are flexible, but should align with the academic calendar for the semester.  The internship offers a $1,500 stipend, to be paid at the mid-point and termination of the internship.  CPE will also work with your school to satisfy any requirements for you to receive course credit.

Send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample by January 15 (for the spring internship) or April 1 (for the summer internship) to: Chandi Wagner at with the subject line “Policy Research Intern.” Please contact Chandi Wagner at with any questions about the internship.  NSBA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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