Advocacy and Engagement Intern (Immediate Opening)

Austin, TX, United States
Apr 08, 2021
Position at IDEA Public Schools

About IDEA Public Schools :  


At IDEA Public Schools, we believe in college for ALL and we are committed to ensuring that   all   our students graduate from college. IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States sending 100% of our students to college. 50% of our students graduate from college in 6 years - that's 3 times the national rate for students in our communities!  

IDEA was founded in 2000 as a single school with 150 students in the Rio Grande Valley. When interest exceeded building capacity, to meet the demands, IDEA's co-founders committed to serving more students in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and beyond. We now serve  over 65,000  students across Texas and Louisiana. Be on the lookout for IDEA schools opening near you-with continued growth in our current regions an d new launches in  Tampa Bay , FL  (2021) ,  and  Jacksonville, FL (2022) !  


When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of our IDEA Team and Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality.  


To learn more about IDEA, check out this   video .  

Role Mission: 

The Advocacy and Engagement Internship offers valuable exposure to grassroots organizing, issue-based advocacy, and education policy. The Advocacy and Engagement team leads IDEA Public Schools' family, teachers, and alumni advocacy and engagement strategy, which includes identifying and supporting a network of advocates who take action to support policies that help all students succeed in college and in life. The Advocacy and Engagement team develops and supports the Parent Advocacy Action Team through events such as the Parent Advocacy Summit, regional meetings and events with local elected officials, and digital advocacy communications. The Advocacy and Engagement Intern will play a critical role in planning and executing advocacy trainings and events, providing logistical and administrative support to the Advocacy and Engagement Team, and ensuring effective communication with parents, teachers, and alumni


-Support the IDEA Advocacy and Engagement Manager by:
  • Completing organizational, operational, logistical, and creative assignments
  • Planning and execution of trainings for Advocacy Action Team Members
  • Communicating with school leaders and staff
  • Coordinating logistics
  • Organizing digital copies of meeting materials
  • Maintaining all advocacy-related databases
-Provide administrative support (copies, phone calls, document management, data management).

-Build relationships among varied stakeholder groups (e.g. managers, directors, colleagues, parents, elected officials, )

-Set individual professional development goals, receive feedback on progress, and adjust course to achieve individual and organizational
Manage multiple responsibilities in a fast-paced

-Support IDEA Advocacy team in other critical areas as assigned

  • This internship is open to current graduate students with at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • Ability to work autonomously as part of an entrepreneurial team
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Extraordinary project management and organization skills
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and execute events
  • Growth mindset and ability to receive and incorporate feedback
  • Alignment with the mission and values of IDEA Public Schools

June 1st, 2021 - May 31st, 2022 - 20 hours per week 

$20 per hour 

How to Apply:
Complete the online application and upload a cover letter

IDEA Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the organization's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact IDEA Human Resources at (956) 377-8000.