Ravitch Public Education Summer Internship (2021, remote)

Applications Due: April 7, 11:30 PM EST. Please submit your application online.

The Diane Silvers Ravitch ‘60 Public Education Summer Internship offers a student the opportunity to engage in educational policy and practice work through the Boston Public Schools Office of the Superintendent. 

 

Internship Description

The internship will allow the student to engage with the Superintendent’s team within the central office administration of the Boston Public Schools. It is an opportunity to get an inside perspective on how school district leaders work in partnership with school principals and local communities to develop policies that are responsive to the current and evolving needs of families and communities in Boston. The internship provides a rare opportunity to learn from experienced state, district, and school-level leaders. Additionally, the internship grants unique moments that expose the intricacies of equity work within and outside of a complex system. The remote internship will include the following elements based on the intern's skills and interests and the immediate needs of the BPS Office of the Superintendent:

  • Participating in and supporting projects and initiatives of the BPS Office of the Superintendent that respond to the needs of students, educators, and families 
  • Supporting the research and information needs of the district due to the evolving nature of the ongoing pandemic
  • On-demand research and data analysis, policy briefs, fact checks, and fact sheets generated within the fast-moving timeline of organizing communication to district-level staff, schools, and communities
  • Development of one-pagers, fact sheets, infographics and other formats for presenting information in engaging and accessible ways for parents and young people
  • Supporting communication and technical platforms during Executive Cabinet meetings
  • Fact-checking of education commentary from federal, state and local policymakers
  • Presentation and discussion of policy and research with district leaders, school leaders, families and youth leaders on conference calls, in community meetings, in webinars and other formats

 

Intern Qualities
The internship is supervised by Ana Tavares, School Superintendent, with the added bonus of learning from district-level leaders across departments. This internship is equally collaborative and independent. A strong candidate works well in a team environment and is self-motivated to complete tasks. The collaborative work allows additional exposure to multi-level decision-making processes. With this support, the intern will be guided to develop skills needed to work independently and in collaboration with the executive cabinet, composed of school superintendents and department heads across the district. We are looking for an individual who is inquisitive, self-motivated, driven by issues of equity, and interested in the development and application of policy. Familiarity with Excel, Google Drive, and graphic design is a plus but not at all required. 

 

Who might be interested in this internship?

  • Anyone interested in issues of equity and its impact on communities within a large urban district
  • Aspiring social anthropologists
  • Anyone interested in understanding how complex and multilayered organizations work
  • Individuals interested in understanding the roles, responsibilities, and engagement of a  senior leadership team in a large urban school district
  • Individuals interested in pursuing work in community organizing 
  • Aspiring educators who seek to understand how to navigate local communities and build community-based relationships and partnerships
  • Individuals interested in community development and community-based non-profit work
  • Individuals interested in on-the-ground engagement and community-based issues that would allow them to understand issues of research, policy, and practice
  • Individuals interested in public service careers
  • Anyone interested in learning how to work in solidarity with local communities
  • Aspiring educators at all levels

 

Internship Details

The full-time intern will work over an 8-week period. The intern will work remotely and will have weekly/ bi-weekly contact with the team. 

2021 Internship Dates: The internship begins on June 14, 2021. The internship concludes on August 6, 2021.

To participate in the internship, students are required to:

  • Work 35 hours/week
  • Attend regular 1:1 meetings with supervisor
  • Attend weekly meetings with teams
  • Complete all required tasks and projects;
  • Complete any mandatory events, deliverables, and paperwork as required by Wellesley Career Education; and 
  • Participate in the Tanner Conference.

Eligibility: Open to current Wellesley College first-years, sophomores, and juniors. 

Salary: $4,000 stipend

Credit option: This internship is eligible for transcript credit (optional) through the Career Education internship credit program, which includes additional requirements for reflection and documentation of the internship.

Materials to be submitted online:

  • Resume;
  • Personal statement; 
  • Name of a Wellesley faculty or staff member or another mentor/supervisor who has agreed to serve as a reference and who can support your application.

Guidelines for the personal statement:
Please review the slide deck provided on Culturally and Linguistically Sustaining Practices as part of the ongoing work for the district. In no more than 1 single-spaced page:

  1. Explain why you want to participate in this internship and
  2. Answer one of the two prompts below: 
    • Provide a story of a time when you acted to create change. Write about this in the context of a specific racial justice/ education justice/ social justice issue.
    • What is a concrete change/ policy you want to see shifted within public schools? How might you go about addressing this? 
  3. Please include in the story how you used some of the qualities listed above.

 

Please contact Soo Hong (shong@wellesley.edu) if you have any questions about this program. Please submit your application online. Applications are due April  7, 2021, 11:30 PM EST. ​