Communications Intern @ NCAN

Communications Intern, Part-Time (Fall 2020)

The National College Attainment Network announces a virtual, part-time communications intern opportunity. 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 is a paid position.

Primary Responsibilities

This Communications Intern’s primary responsibility will be to expand and promote NCAN’s policy communications and advocacy work through social media (primarily Twitter and Facebook), blog posts, newsletter articles, and graphic design.

The intern will share stories of NCAN members and the students they serve – students of color, first-generation college-goers, and students from low-income backgrounds. They will also help advocate for policies and programs including:

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) simplification.
  • The need-based federal Pell Grant program.
  • Other financial aid programs that help underserved students obtain a postsecondary education, including Federal Work-Study, AmeriCorps, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants.
  • College access/success organizations that support underserved students.

The intern will also help with preparation for the 2020 NCAN National Conference, and they may occasionally attend virtual events – such as panel discussions or report briefings – focused on education policy and advocacy.

Qualifications and Experience

The ideal candidate has experience with education journalism, communications, or policy (through work, volunteering, or completing first-year graduate studies); an interest in higher education issues; and the ability to communicate complex topics simply but accurately. The candidates most likely to succeed will be strong writers.

Candidates must be pursuing an undergraduate- or graduate-level degree. This opportunity is open to all majors, as we know great writers come from a variety of academic backgrounds.

Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite is a must, and strong social media skills are preferred. Graphic design and/or video editing skills are a plus. We also seek candidates with a commitment to engaging in issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Students who are first-generation college-goers and/or students who have participated in NCAN member programs are encouraged to apply.

Employment Specifics

This position is for fall 2020, starting in early September and ending in mid-December. The internship is part-time (approximately 15 hours per week), paid at a rate of $15 to $20 an hour, depending on a candidate’s level of education and expertise.

The position is remote, though we will coordinate with the communications intern determine a fixed weekly work schedule (based on their class schedule, etc.). Through this position, the intern will gain improved writing skills and learn more about higher education policy and advocacy, and how nonprofits engage in policy work.

NCAN is a small, collaborative team of experienced professionals who are fully committed to achieving equity for students historically underrepresented in higher education. Our work environment is fast-paced but family friendly and provides opportunities for team members to use their talents to their fullest extent. As a national membership network, we are continually informed and inspired by the efforts of organizations and systems across the country committed to breaking down barriers for students of color and students from low-income backgrounds, and supporting them to obtain college degrees and successful careers.

How to Apply

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

Kelly Mae Ross
Communications Manager
National College Attainment Network

Priority consideration will be given to applications received by Friday, July 31.

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