Communications Intern




Salary Range: $15 per hour; No benefits offered

Hours per week

Flexible, depending on candidate's availability during summer (up to 30 hrs/week) May – August 2018, with preference given to candidates who can stay on through December 2018 (with reduced hours during school year)



Application Deadline


Start Date



1250 Hancock Street, Suite 701N
United States


The Nellie Mae Education Foundation, located in Quincy, MA, is looking for an energetic and talented individual with a passion for writing and interest in education to join us as a Communications Intern. The Foundation invites both undergraduate and graduate students with an area of study or interest in communications, journalism, public relations or marketing to apply for the internship. Students who are involved with or have interest in issues surrounding educational equity and reform are also encouraged to apply. The Nellie Mae Education Foundation is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Responsibilities:

The Communications Intern will be part of the Foundation’s Communications team and will assist with a range of projects across several of the Foundation’s key funding initiatives and beyond. Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with writing social media posts and preparing visual content for social channels
  • Supporting the communications team in social listening and reporting on analytics
  • Supporting the communications team in the development of email newsletters
  • Assisting with updating website content (news items, awarded grants and research reports)
  • Supporting the Communications team as needed, including data entry, taking and preparing meeting notes, etc.
  • Other tasks as needed


Job Requirements:

  • Understanding and willingness to learn about combatting systemic and racial inequities in our public education system
  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills as the selected candidate may work directly with Foundation colleagues and grantees from diverse populations and communities
  • Interest in and ability to work in both a team environment and alone with minimal direction
  • Demonstrated personal computer skills, including basic troubleshooting and use of Microsoft Office and the willingness to learn about software tools
  • Demonstrated use and comfort navigating social networks, blogs, Photoshop, video and photo sharing, etc.
  • Preference given to candidates that are enrolled in a course of study or program related to the Communications, Marketing, Journalism, Education or Public Affairs/Public Policy fields

Salary Range: $15 per hour; No benefits offered

Starting Date: May 2018: Dates flexible depending on candidate’s schedule.

Hours: Flexible, depending on candidate's availability during summer (up to 30 hrs/week) May – August 2018, with preference given to candidates who can stay on through December 2018 (with reduced hours during school year)


About the Nellie Mae Education Foundation:


When every student is achieving at high levels, the rising tide will lift all of us toward a more equitable and prosperous future.

Today across New England, only 50% of high school students are graduating with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed after high school. Additionally, only 32% of low-income students are graduating college and career ready. Furthermore, while there is progress being made, the gaps between low-income students and non-low income students and between Hispanic and non-Hispanic students continue to grow.

Given the urgency of the need, our work is organized around a simple by visionary goal moving forward: universal post-secondary attainment supported by universal college and career readiness for all New England public school graduates. The Foundation is investing $200 million over the next five years as a first bold step towards this critical goal.


As a part of this goal, the Foundation has set a target of ensuring that 80% of New England students are college and career ready by 2030. Our grantmaking is organized into four initiatives that set out to advance this readiness target. Ensuring that 80% of New England students are college and career ready by 2030 is a challenging goal, and too large for any one group to tackle on its own. We all have a stake in ensuring that more students graduate high school prepared for what’s next.

We’re working to advance student-centered approaches to learning across New England to ensure that all students are prepared for life after high school. You can learn more by reading our Theory of Change below - Leading the Way Toward a More Prosperous, Equitable New England.

How To Apply

Deadline to Apply:  April 13, 2018. Send cover letter, resume, and 2 writing samples to Susan Borden, Sr. Administrative Assistant at Applications without writing samples will not be considered. Finalists will also be asked to respond to a writing prompt. Samples should be no longer than 2 pages each. Please no phone calls.