Intern (Los Angeles Based)

The Education Trust–West (ETW) works for the educational justice and the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, pre-K through college. We expose opportunity and achievement gaps that separate students of color, English learners, and low-income students from their peers, and we identify and advocate for the strategies that will forever close those gaps. We work alongside schools, districts, college campuses, and higher education institutions to understand and evaluate the effectiveness of reform strategies intended to reduce and eliminate achievement and opportunity gaps. We use lessons learned in these efforts, together with unflinching data analyses, to drive a state and national conversation about how our K-12 education system and colleges and universities can better serve all students. To learn more, please visit

The Position 

ETW seeks a temporary, part-time (20 hours/week) intern to support our work in Los Angeles, including assisting our Community Partners, monitoring local education policy, and planning events. This is a temporary position based in our Los Angeles office, and will report to Allyson Osorio, External Relations Manager.

Essential Functions 

  • Connect with our Community Partners to determine opportunities for ETW to support shared advocacy efforts and match partners with resources (people and information)  
  • Organize legislative visits at the local and state level, generate talking points for visits and other campaign actions, and help prepare participants  
  • Monitor local policy priorities for Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and offer recommendations 
  • Attend partner and coalition meetings, record proceedings, and share out notes with an eye toward action items


  • Super organized with the ability to juggle multiple priorities on many topics 
  • Experience engaging with people in person and on the telephone in a professional setting 
  • Note-taking experience/experience synthesizing information and providing a written summary 
  • Passion for improving the educational experiences and outcomes for students of color and low-income students, and an unwavering belief that these students could be much more successful if institutions better served them       

Personal Characteristics 

  • Self-starter mentality and the ability to work independently 
  • Strong interpersonal skills 
  • Goal-oriented, project-oriented, and achievement-oriented 
  • Desire to learn from others and build relationships across the organization

The Education Trust-West is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status. 

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. We know there are great candidates who may not think they fit into what we’ve describe or who have important skills we haven’t thought of. If that is you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself!


Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Application Process 

Please provide a cover letter and resume, combined into one document. Your cover letter should describe your background, relevant experience, and your alignment with the mission. Priority deadline of 12:00 AM on January 3rd, 2019. Applications will still be accepted after this date. 

In the file name, please write the name of the position you are applying for and your last name: e.g. “Intern_Wu