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Arnold Ventures is a philanthropy whose core objective is to maximize opportunity and minimize injustice. We are dedicated to tackling some of the most pressing problems in the United States. We invest in sustainable change, building it from the ground up based on research, deep thinking, and a strong foundation of evidence. We drive public conversation, craft policy, and inspire action through education and advocacy.

Location: Washington, D.C.

Terms: Paid part-time or full-time, at least 16 hours per week, one or two academic semesters

Department: Higher Education

Reports to: Higher Education Manager

Position Overview

Arnold Ventures' Higher Education initiative aims to advance policies that promote value and quality in higher education, with a particular emphasis on improving outcomes for traditionally underserved students. We work with teams of experts from inside and outside government and across disciplines to strengthen the United States’ higher education system through research, evidence, testing innovative pilot programs, and policy change.

We are seeking a Higher Education Intern to help research, analyze, and develop high-impact philanthropic projects in higher education.

Core Responsibilities

  • Work with the Higher Education Manager to research, assess, and develop potential research and policy higher education projects, with a particular focus on projects relating to quality assurance, equitable financing, and effective student success practices
  • Develop content for internal and external purposes, such as research summaries, policy reviews, literature reviews, and board meeting materials for the Higher Education team and Arnold Ventures leadership
  • Engage and support the daily work of the Higher Education team, including coordination of meetings with external partners, documenting decision-making within the Higher Education team, and carrying out project management duties to ensure work is complete and of high quality

Minimum Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled in, or has completed, an undergraduate or graduate degree in a relevant field such as public policy, education, law, economics, statistics, or sociology
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Exceptional organization skills and ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects
  • Ability to understand and analyze complex research and policy questions, including research methodology and high-level data analysis
  • Familiarity with higher education research, data analysis and policy papers

Essential Skills, Experience, and Abilities

  • Capacity to thrive in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced work environment
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Strong self-direction and self-motivation skills
  • Passionate about improving the U.S. higher education system and addressing inequities
  • Self-motivated and proactive
  • Flexible, adaptable, and comfortable with change
  • Creative and innovative
  • Confident and humble
  • Team-oriented and collaborative, yet also able to work well independently
  • Able to interact confidently with junior, senior, and executive team members and navigate relationships with external experts, government leaders, advocates, and stakeholders

To Apply

If you are interested in this position, please send a resume, a cover letter describing your interest and indicating how you learned about this position, one writing sample, and contact information for three references to In the email subject line, please indicate that you are applying for the Higher Education Intern position. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.