Research Intern: School District Engagement

The Education Trust–West seeks a School District Engagement Intern (~20 hours/week) to help to advance the organization’s ambitious agenda to expose and eradicate injustices and inequities in California schools, colleges, and systems of education. As a member of the Practice Team, the School District Engagement Intern will identify and analyze data related to the inequities in California schools and colleges that disproportionately impact underserved students of color and low-income students. Using a racial equity lens, the intern will help to expose underlying causes of these inequities and identify equity-focused strategies to advance educational justice. The intern will work directly with members of the practice team and school districts to share actionable and accessible data in order to help districts deliver better educational opportunities and outcomes.


The Education Trust–West works for educational justice and the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, pre-K through college. We expose educational injustices and inequities 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 equity gaps. We work alongside schools, districts, college campuses, and higher education institutions to understand and evaluate the effectiveness of strategies intended to reduce and eliminate racial equity gaps. We use lessons learned in these efforts, together with unflinching data analyses, to drive a state and national conversation about how our P-12 education system and colleges and universities can better serve underserved students of color, English learners, and low-income students. To learn more, please visit


By the end of the internship, the Research Intern should expect to have gained experience in the following areas:

  • Participate in research, data collection, logistical support and product production for partnering school districts
  • Assist in the design and administration of qualitative research instruments (protocols and surveys)
  • Analyze school district data to determine key findings related to improving equitable opportunities and outcomes for students
  • After areas for improvement are identified, collect and synthesize best practices and resources for districts
  • Create and edit engaging PowerPoint decks for school district presentations
  • Provide administrative and logistical support for the Practice Team coordinating with district leaders
  • Participate in school/district visits to conduct interviews, facilitate focus groups and conduct observations


  • BA and some work experience
  • Highly organized with the ability to execute project tasks on schedule, managing time effectively
  • Experience analyzing data, identifying trends, and synthesizing complex information
  • Strong written, oral, and visual communication skills
  • Skilled in creating audience-centered PowerPoints
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate well with others, both inside and outside the organization
  • Self-reflective, open to honest conversations about race, identity, and privilege and how these forces impact our internal and external work


  • Experience working in a school setting
  • Facilitation experience of adult learners
  • Experience working with adults on issues of race and identity


Salary is commensurate with experience. The Education Trust–West interns accrue sick-leave.



Please upload as one document (1) an engaging cover letter and (2) resume.

Priority deadline is September 23rd. Applications will still be considered after this date.

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

Apply for the Research Intern position using the link below:


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.