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Summer Communications Intern (posted Feb. 20, 2018)

The National College Access Network announces a part-time communications intern opportunity in its Washington, D.C., office. We are seeking a motivated junior or senior undergraduate student or a graduate student with strong writing and analytical skills and an interest in college access/success, financial aid, and/or higher education policy and advocacy. 

This intern’s primary responsibility will be to expand and promote NCAN’s policy communications and advocacy work through blog posts, newsletter articles, editorial placement and collaboration with NCAN members. By identifying member-served students who are accessing and succeeding in college, the intern will share stories and advocate for policies and programs including:

  1. Free Application for Federal Student Aid simplification;
  2. The federal Pell Grant program for low-income students;
  3. Other financial aid programs that help underserved students obtain a postsecondary education, including Federal Work-Study, AmeriCorps, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants; and
  4. College access/success organizations that support underserved students.

The intern will also have social media duties (Twitter, Facebook, and occasionally LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube) related to these areas. 

Qualifications and Experience:
The ideal candidate has experience with education journalism, communications or policy (either through work or completing first-year graduate studies), an interest in higher education issues, and the ability to communicate complex policy topics to a general audience. Strong research and writing skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, are a must, and strong social media skills are preferred. Candidates must be pursuing an undergraduate- or graduate-level degree in communications, journalism, education or a related area.

Through this position, the intern will enjoy improved writing and social media skills and learn more about higher education policy and advocacy, and how nonprofits engage in policy work.

This position is for the summer 2018 semester, starting approximately May 21. The internship is part-time (20 hours per week), paid at a rate of $12 to $20 an hour, depending on a candidate’s level of education and expertise.

About NCAN:
Drawing on the expertise of hundreds of organizational members in almost every U.S. state, NCAN is dedicated to improving the quality and quantity of support that underrepresented students receive to apply to, enter, and succeed in college.

Only 8.3 percent of students from low-income families complete a four-year college degree by age 24, compared to 73 percent of students from high-income families. When nonprofit organizations and schools provide specialized early awareness information, pre-college advising on admissions and financial aid, and mentoring, college entrance and completion rates rise dramatically. NCAN members touch the lives of more than 2 million students and families each year and span a broad range of the education, nonprofit, government, and civic sectors.

Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample of 1,000 words or fewer to: 

Allie Ciaramella 
Communications Manager 
National College Access Network 
1001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 300 
Washington, DC  20036 
Email: allie@collegeaccess.org 

Allie Ciaramella 
Communications Manager 
National College Access Network 
1001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 300 
Washington, DC  20036 
Email: allie@collegeaccess.org