As IDIA continues to expand its operations and extend its program offerings, we are in search of committed interns who believe in our mission and are looking for experience in the fields of education, not-for-profit management, and program development. Our needs are continually changing, however we have a general need in the following areas. To apply for an internship, or to receive more information, please contact us. Please include a resume and a description of your background wherever possible.
As a non-profit organization, IDIA relies on public support to maintain and develop our programs. We need an intern to identify potential funding sources and to develop the necessary information to approach these groups in an effort to procure funding. Responsibilities would include researching prospective funding opportunities, and assessing how their goals mesh with IDIA's programming. Finally, the intern would be expected to network as necessary, and to prepare the necessary documentation and grants for successful approaches.
STEP: Students Talking about Education Policy
The STEP program empowers high school students to demand an educational system that represents their needs. The dialogue regarding the No Child Left Behind Act is limited to lawmakers, think tanks, teachers, and school administrators. Moreover, this legislation has become the scapegoat for all things budget-related at schools, regardless the true cause. The STEP program entails a letter-writing campaign from schoolchildren, coupled with active advocacy and lobbying by the students to both state and federal lawmakers.
The STEP intern would assist in the development of an IDIA website dedicated to the legislation, including a concrete description of what the Act is, and what it is not. Additionally, the intern would be expected to compile a database of information relevant to Adequate Yearly Progress and specific testing requirements on a state-by-state basis.
At its core, IDIA is an organization that publishes a wealth of intellectual property relating to domestic and international affairs. The research intern would be responsible for finding new and compelling topics for use at our conferences, the development of curricular materials for high schools, and the drafting of policy papers on important issues.
IT/Web Design and Maintenance
IDIA maintains a significant web-presence, primarily through the organizational website at http://www.idia.net. Moreover, we have a host of systems that are necessary for our daily operations. The IT/Web intern would have considerable responsibility over IDIA's websites and in preventive and regular maintenance on IDIA servers and other IT-related resources, including at our conferences. IDIA is actively looking for an intern experienced with the Microsoft suite of products, including Sharepoint.