Marcus Foster Education Institute Internship Application - Summer 2018

Instructions and Welcome
Dear Applicant, 

Please complete this form to be eligible for a 10-week summer internship placement with the Marcus Foster Education Institute (MFEI).

Interns have the opportunity to be fully integrated into MFEI's small nonprofit environment committed to advancing systemic change and education equity for all. Interns in the summer of 2018 will directly support the design and development of the W+P=X program for scholars in the 2018-19 year. In addition to supporting program development, interns may also be engaged in the following: building student relations, strategic communications, event planning, data collection & analysis, and general administrative tasks.

Summer interns receive a $1500 stipend paid out every other week and are required to work an average of 10 hours per week. 

Once you complete this form, MFEI staff will contact you regarding possible start dates and the schedule of your placement.
Desired Knowledge and Skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills with strong attention to details.
  • Ability to problem solve and complete tasks independently and in a team.
  • Punctual and able to meet deadlines.
  • Quick learner and interest to gain and develop new skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to hold information confidential with excellent judgment.
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to and appreciation for diverse viewpoints and different communication styles.
  • Working knowledge of Google apps and/or Microsoft Office products.
  • Preference may be given to college juniors and seniors working towards a Bachelor's degree in a social science, communications, policy or related field.
Internship Placement Area Descriptions
Program: Assist MFEI staff in the design, development of anchor programs of the organization. These may include efforts to increase college access, persistence, and career development opportunities for San Francisco Bay Area youth, working with local school districts and nonprofit networks, or engaging local policy and industry leaders around education change efforts in the region.

Communications: Support the development and production of key communications for the organization and its stakeholders. From the website to social media and strategic communications (e.g., presentations, fact sheets, info graphics) for donors, students, and education leaders, you can have a hand in shaping the public face of the organization. 

Data and Research: Support the Research, Evaluation, and Data Manager in using Salesforce, excel, and other data tools to design data systems, collect data, and analyze data that will support drive data-informed change in San Francisco Bay Area schools and districts. Duties may include the creation, distribution, collection, and/or analysis of quantitative and qualitative data; research best practices in education equity efforts; and assist in compiling data results for reporting to multiple stakeholder groups.

Professional Development
MFEI offers the following professional development opportunities to its interns each term. Please review the descriptions and let us know which opportunities are of greatest interest to you. If you have other interests not listed here, please add them under "Other."
  • Annual Goal Setting: This training is a method used to set year-long personal and professional goals, and plan for potential obstacles that could obstruct success.
  • Civic Engagement: Learn about collective impact as a framework for systems change across public institutions and the potential power of students and community engagement with city, county and school district leaders. Interns attend a Youth Joint Powers Authority (JPA) meeting or similar convening to see this process in action.
  • Microsoft Excel Lessons & Tricks for Beginners: Gain the knowledge and skills to create and edit worksheets, use formulas and functions, sort and filter data visually; and learn a few quick tricks to clean up your worksheets and analyze your data.
  • Personal Brand Development: Use StrengthsQuest results and reflections from goal setting to develop your personal brand that can be reflected on your LinkedIn profile or resume.
  • SMART Goals: Learn and apply the S.M.A.R.T. goal framework for you internship, education and life goals.
  • Social Media Self vs. Professional Self: Gain best practices for how to appropriately represent you and your personal brand on every social platform. Use this training to ask any questions you've had about how to navigate through the rules of "being professional" on social media, email and other forms of communication.


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