Legislative Intern

The Education Trust–West (ETW) works for the high academic achievement of all students at all levels—pre-kindergarten through college. We expose opportunity and achievement gaps that separate students of color and low-income students from other youth, and we identify and advocate for the strategies that will forever close those gaps. We work alongside parents, educators, policymakers, and community and business leaders across the state in transforming K-12 public schools and our postsecondary systems into institutions that serve all students well. Lessons learned in these efforts, together with unflinching data analyses, shape our state policy agenda. To learn more, please visit www.edtrustwest.org.


The Position

The Education Trust–West (ETW) seeks a part-time (15-20 hours/week) Legislative Intern to support the organization’s policy and government relations work in Sacramento. The Legislative Intern will manage the tracking of state legislation, the state budget, and other education policy proposals on behalf of ETW. They will also support the research and analysis from ETW.

The ideal candidate has a passion for social justice issues and improving the educational opportunities and outcomes for low-income students and students of color, and an unwavering belief that all students can succeed.  Candidates with solid experience and understanding of the legislative landscape, coupled with demonstrated analytical skills and experience in advocacy are encouraged to apply.

This position will be based in Sacramento and reports to the Legislative Associate.


Essential Functions

  • Track legislative and regulatory proposals and actions at the state level
  • Draft regular legislative communications
  • Attend and reporting on Legislative Committee hearings and relevant events as directed
  • Draft clear and concise summaries of bills and reports
  • Serve as an active participant and notetaker for discussions and detailing next steps from the meetings.
  • Maintain and update ETW’s internal and external legislative tracking systems
  • Write daily updates of upcoming legislative hearings, bills to be heard, and bill deadlines
  • Partner with other ETW colleagues to coordinate for our annual Educational Advocacy Day
  • Other duties as assigned



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 would encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of our qualifications described.

  • Excellent written communications skills
  • Excellent organizational and follow-through skills and attention to detail
  • Passion for improving the educational opportunities and outcomes for low-income students and students of color coupled with a strong knowledge of social justice and equity-related issues
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Prior experience on working with legislative text or in a legislative body such as Capitol Hill or a state legislature preferred


Personal Characteristics

  • Analytic mindset and the desire to continually assess the education policy and legislative landscape
  • Results-oriented, achievement-driven approach to projects and tasks, with a clear understanding and focus on goals
  • Desire to learn from experienced team members for personal growth



Interns will be paid $18-$25/hour depending on experience.


Application Process

Please provide a cover letter & resume. Your cover letter should describe your relevant experience and your alignment with the organization’s mission. Priority deadline of December 11, 2019. Applications will still be accepted after this date.

Please combine your cover letter and resume into one document and upload that document. In the file name, please write the name of the position you are applying for and your last name: e.g. “LegislativeIntern_Lopez”

To begin the application process, click this link:


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.