Legislative Affairs and Policy Intern (Atlanta, GA)

Posted 7/8/19

Founded in 1867 as the George Peabody Education Fund, the Southern Education Foundation’s (SEF) mission is to advance equity and excellence in education for all students in the South, particularly low-income students and students of color. SEF uses advocacy, leadership development, research, and partnerships with like-minded organizations to improve outcomes from early childhood to early adulthood. Our core belief is that education is the vehicle by which all students get fair chances to develop their talents and contribute to the common good.

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The Southern Education Foundation (SEF) is a long-standing civil rights organization helping low-income students and students of color in the South achieve academic excellence. SEF engages in a range of partnerships and coalitions designed to attack the root cause of educational inequities by strengthening the capacity of advocates and policymakers. By using data, policy analysis, and dissemination of evidence-based research, our aim is to shape local, state, and federal policies that result in equitable and effective systems change for students of color and low-income students in the South.


Core Duties: The intern will work directly with members of the government affairs and research team and will:

  • Assist with a broad set of activities that support policy advancement at the state and Southern regional level, such as legislative research, policy briefing/hearings attendance, and drafting talking points.
  • Complete research tasks as assigned, such as conducting background research; finding, organizing, and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data; and preparing memos, briefs, reports, and presentations.
  • Other administrative duties as assigned.
  • Typically work 10–20 hours per week, depending on schedule.


Skills and Qualifications: We’re looking for a current undergraduate or graduate student interested in the intersection of advocacy, public policy, law, and education. The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of or experience working on education research, national reform efforts, policy & advocacy, state policies & processes, or within the education field.
  • Familiarity and experience with qualitative and quantitative research and analysis.
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).


To Apply:  Please submit your resume, a 250 statement on why you want to intern for the Southern Education Foundation, your available dates, three references, and a short writing sample that highlights your analysis and writing capabilities. Please apply by emailing your application to The application deadline for the Fall 2019 internship is the 9th of August.  If you have any questions, use the application email above. No calls, please.


Stipend: We offer a nominal monthly stipend; however, a performance bonus will be provided for meeting or exceeding expectations.

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