Lumina Displaced Workers Grant Intern
About the Organization
Research for Action (RFA) seeks to use research as the basis for the improvement of educational opportunities and outcomes for traditionally underserved students. Our work is designed to strengthen public schools and postsecondary institutions; provide research-based recommendations to policymakers, practitioners, and the public at the local, state, and national levels; and enrich the civic and community dialogue about public education.
RFA’s main office, located at 100 S. Broad St., Suite 700, Philadelphia, PA 19110, is currently closed due to the COVID19 pandemic. Despite this recent event, RFA is continuing to provide challenging, high-quality, and meaningful internship experiences for our students. Should our main office reopen following state and local public health guidance during your Fall 2021 internship, you may be asked to complete the remainder of your internship by working in RFA’s office.
To be considered for remote internships at RFA, interns must meet tech requirements described in Tech Requirements section below and reside in the PA/NJ area throughout the entire duration of the internship. At this moment RFA cannot offer internships to candidates outside of these two states.
The Lumina Displaced Workers project aims to provide actionable research that can help states and postsecondary institutions 1) engage or re-engaging adult learners, 2) increase postsecondary and employment outcomes of displaced workers and adult students, 3) implement effective wraparound services for adults, particularly adult learners of color, and 4) advance opportunities in higher education and careers for Black, Hispanic/ Latinx, and Native American learners.
RFA is currently seeking an intern to join the research team examining how state agencies of higher education support workers displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic. The intern on this project will monitor state and federal initiatives to quickly support displaced workers, as learners, in response to the COVID-19 crisis. These initiatives may include initiatives that seek to (re) design curricula, (re) engage adult learners, and support students holistically. Given that the response to the pandemic is fast and changing, the intern will work primarily on collecting and cleaning data, conducting literature reviews, and writing internal memos.
· Conducting Literature Review – 20%
· Drafting Analytic Memos – 20%
· Cleaning Data – 20%
· Descriptive Data Analysis – 20%
· Policy Scanning – 20%
Preferred Skill Sets and Experience
Experience in labor studies, urban studies, gender studies, ethnic studies, and critical race theory is strongly preferred.
Required Skill Sets and Experience
The intern for this project is organized, curious, detail-oriented, and has strong writing skills. We seek a candidate who possesses experience or coursework related to postsecondary research, research on educational policies and practices, and sociology.
maximum of 15-20h per week
If working remotely, we require that you have access to a personal computer with an up-to-date Mac or Windows operating system, up-to-date antivirus software, a functional webcam and microphone, and a stable internet connection at your residence. If hired, RFA will require a technology check of your remote system to ensure your working environment is compatible with ours.
· Fall internships run from September through December.
· Target Start Date: 09/13/2021; Target End Date: 12/10/2021. The exact dates are based on the needs of the project and the availability of the intern. For this position, interns not receiving work-study will be paid $8.00/hr.
· Only complete applications including Resume & Cover letter will be taken into consideration for the internship hiring.
· Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all positions have been filled.
· At the time of application, must be actively enrolled in an accredited college or university, as a sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student in good standing. Students might be eligible for continuation of their internship after graduation.
· Research for Action qualifies for work-study and PHEAA. Interns may also be eligible for course credit.
· If hired, a Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, must be completed at the start of employment (reference page 3 of the I-9 Form for acceptable forms of ID).
Research for Action is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer that is committed to building a culturally diverse staff. We strongly encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds.