Open position

Education Policy Intern

CED’s internship program generally extends 12 weeks over the summer beginning approximately in late May or early June and ending approximately in August or early September, with a maximum schedule of 35 hours per week.  However, length of program is flexible and can occur at a different time of year, if mutually agreed upon. Interns will be responsible for all requirements by their college’s internship program, if they are receiving school credit for the internship.  Confirmation of credit by the college must also be provided. If interns are not receiving college credit, interns will be paid by at the designated state minimum wage rate of $7.25 an hour for a maximum of 35 hours per week.

CED selects interns for programmatic and policy related work in areas including research, state-based outreach work, and communications. CED interns are typically undergraduate or graduate students with analytical and leadership abilities, and are dedicated to improving national public policy outcomes for greater opportunity for all Americans. Through the internship program, interns will gain hands-on experience in policy research and analysis, event management, writing, social media, database management, and more.


  • Provide support and assistance on specific education project tasks including: 
    • liaising with a wide variety of people and organizations; 
    • undertaking background research; 
    • conducting analyses and writing; 
    • proofing important deliverables; and 
    • organizing outreach and campaign events. 
  • Work with the Vice President of Education Programs on assignments related to early learning, K-12, postsecondary, and workforce development policy issues;
  • Help the Vice President of Education Programs in the development of relevant deliverables; and 
  • Create communications strategies for dissemination of project materials.
  • Reports to the Vice President of Education Programs.


  • Strong communication (written and oral) & analytical skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Digital & technical literacy 
  • Ability to collaborate and willingness to work with a team
  • Familiarity with federal policy environment
  • Familiarity with early learning, K-12 education, higher education policy, and workforce development issues


  • A currently enrolled Bachelor/Masters/Doctoral/professional program candidate, preferably in policy, education, economics, or related field of study;
  • Recent graduate degree recipients also considered;
  • Affinity with CED’s non-profit and non-partisan culture.

Applicants should send the following as attachments to the e-mail address provided below: 

  • a letter of interest; 
  • a resume outlining experience relevant to the position; and, 
  • a short writing sample.  

Essential Functions

1. Research

  • Conducts background research and analysis under the direction of the Vice President of Education Programs in support of CED’s education projects.
  • Synthesizes and summarizes findings of research for senior program staff.
  • In some instances, an intern may outline or draft sections of project publications under the supervision of senior program staff.

2. Outreach

  • Plays a role in the dissemination of CED project resources and materials.
  • Creates tables and charts from data for CED project tasks.
  • Prepares documents for distribution to outside audiences, including proofreading sourcing of citations.

3. Administrative

  • Assists Vice President of Education Programs in planning project meetings.
  • Prepares mailings to external audiences in collaboration with other CED program staff.
  • Assists in scheduling, planning, and conducting CED events.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Degree/major in education, public policy, economics or a related field
  • Strong writing and analytical skills
  • Ability to use social media to promote project products is desirable
  • Demonstrated interest in CED’s education program portfolio is strongly preferred

If interested, you can submit an online application here

Note: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 

Mission Statement

The Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board (CED) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, business-led public policy organization that delivers well-researched analysis and reasoned solutions to our nation’s most critical issues.

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