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Fall Intern

Policy and Thought Leadership

Overview


Bellwether Education Partners is a nonprofit dedicated to helping education organizations in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors become more effective in their work and achieve dramatic results, especially for high-need students. To do so, we provide a unique combination of exceptional thinking, talent, and hands-on strategic support:


  • Our Strategic Advising practice works with leading education organizations on their most pressing strategic and operational issues. We partner to create bold but achievable plans, while ensuring that leaders and stakeholders are in alignment around the path forward.
  • Our Policy and Thought Leadership practice works to shape the broader education landscape by conducting policy analysis, research and writing, and idea generation, and by advising education entities on policy and public affairs.
  • Our Talent Services practice identifies, places, and supports education leaders through comprehensive executive searches, customized search advisery services, and individual coaching. We also partner with clients to build talent-ready organizations where diverse teams can work, develop, and thrive.

Why bring all this together? Bellwether was founded on the belief that the only way to ensure that all children have access to high-quality schools is to take a holistic approach to education’s most pressing challenges. We believe the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and many of the challenges organizations face are so complex that they require all three areas of expertise. Having all three makes our work stronger by tying innovative thinking to perspectives regarding on-the-ground realities.


In this way, Bellwether has carved out a special and desperately needed niche in the education reform landscape. We aren’t just a think tank, or a consulting firm, or a human capital organization. We are all of the above and more, providing comprehensive, coherent, and lasting solutions to education’s most longstanding and complicated problems.


Organizational Culture


An entrepreneurial, rapidly growing organization, Bellwether is mission-driven and committed to a set of core values that guide our work. Leveraging our distinct organizational culture, as well as the combined skills and experience of our team, we are an “action tank” both a generator of innovative and purposeful reform ideas and a provider of direct services and momentum-building activity to the field.


Bellwether believes that to achieve our mission, we must be a diverse and inclusive organization broadly reflecting the various communities we serve. We value many forms of diversity and believe race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic issues play an especially acute role in the education sector and consequently our work. Our diversity and inclusion values are aligned with our core values and guide how we work within our organization and with others. By proactively seeking and hiring diverse talent and maintaining an environment where divergent ideas and perspectives are freely expressed, we increase our collective ability to deliver thoughtful, relevant solutions and analyses for our clients and the education sector.


We do not cover the waterfront like some large consulting firms; instead, by remaining strictly focused in our areas of expertise and the needs of underserved students, we provide unparalleled leadership, support, wisdom, and experience to help build the field of education change agents and help the organizations they lead have the greatest impact possible.


Position


As part of our mission to build the field of talented individuals in the education entrepreneurship and reform space, Bellwether regularly employs interns who work under the direction of Bellwether staff in both our Thought Leadership and Strategy Service Areas. Bellwether interns participate in meaningful work experiences in the field, are engaged in substantive projects and treated as core members of our team. Interns provide both quantitative and qualitative research support to Bellwether staff, working on both long- and short-term projects as needed for each service area. They also write memos, briefings, and blog posts on a range of education reform topics; participate in meetings with clients and funders; and represent Bellwether by attending policy forums, briefings, and other events around Washington, D.C. Because we are a small organization with an "all hands on deck" mentality, interns do perform occasional administrative tasks to support Bellwether staff teams' work, constituting less than 10 percent of total time.


Bellwether interns must possess strong research, problem-solving, interpersonal communication, and writing skills and be able to work both independently and as members of a team. A commitment to improving public education, sense of initiative, time management skills, and willingness to ask questions and self-advocate in the work environment are also necessary. Familiarity with key issues in education reform in the United States today is desired, but not required. Interns must have completed high school and either be a graduate of or currently enrolled in an institution of higher education.


Compensation


Bellwether Internships are typically uncompensated, but financial assistance may be available for candidates with demonstrated need. 


Location


Washington, D.C.


Dates


Flexible: We typically retain interns for the fall, spring, and summer semesters.


To Apply


Bellwether Education Partners is committed to providing equal opportunities. It is our policy to ensure that all individuals with whom we are in contact are not discriminated against on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, color, disability, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran’s status.


The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position(s) is filled. Applications should consist of a letter of interest and a current resume and should be submitted electronically. Applications or inquiries about the position should be directed to:


Kelly Robson


Bellwether Education Partners


kelly.robson@bellwethereducation.org