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Education Programs Grad Fellow

National PTA seeks an Education Programs Fellow for a part-time (20 hours/week), nine-week minimum fellowship for the 2014 summer (June–August). The Education Programs Fellow will support the development, implementation and reporting of National PTA’s School of Excellence recognition program.

This contract position reports to the Senior Manager, Education Programs, and is based in Alexandria, Va., approximately one mile from Braddock Road Metro stop in North Old Town. Free parking is available.

Graduate Students studying education, communications, business administration or public administration and who have an interest/experience in public education, educational research or nonprofit management are strongly encouraged to apply. Contract extension is possible based on student performance. 

Learning Objectives 

  • To gain real-world experience facilitating the role of parents in supporting family engagement in schools and communities through nationwide program administration.
  • To build a portfolio of work deliverables that demonstrates the ability to support grassroots education program implementation, such as a program evaluation report, training templates and promotional tools.
  • To understand the value of partnerships and the ways to build partnerships that strengthen development and implementation of local program strategies.
  • To practice analytical skills that help to evaluate program effectiveness.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Education Programs Intern will participate in various School of Excellence program deliverables including, but not limited to, assisting with:


  • Drafting and editing participant e-blast, newsletters, volunteer training resources, tools, and templates and web content at
  • Assisting with the coordination and evaluation of final application of schools enrolled in the School of Excellence program.
  • Providing technical support to the schools and PTA leaders enrolled in the program.
  • Analyzing data and providing reports on participants in the program.
  • Support School of Excellence final application review process and awardee notification.
  • Planning and executing training webinars for award recipients.  


Stipend and Academic Credit

  • A monthly stipend of $750 will be provided. In addition, National PTA agrees to complete any paperwork necessary for academic credit.

Required Education

  • Business Administration, Education or Public Administration graduate student. 

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Has strong computer skills, especially Microsoft Excel for analysis and reporting metrics.

  • Can present data in a graphic and written way.

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with internal and external project teams to communicate program mission and goals.

  • Extends personable and clear communication to diverse audiences, including, volunteers, internal staff and partners.

  • Can organize and process multiple inputs and tasks simultaneously.

  • Thinks and acts innovatively to problem solve and increase productivity.

Desired Experience

  • Experience with program planning, program evaluation, data analysis, implementation and reporting are strongly encouraged to apply.


Email resume and cover letter to Renee Jackson and use “Education Programs Intern” as the subject title. Position open until filled.

NOTE: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees, and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.