School Networks Summer Intern

New York City, NY
Internship
Entry Level
 

School Networks Summer Intern

About NYC Kids RISE

NYC Kids RISE is a nonprofit organization working with the City of New York and the NYC Department of Education to manage the Save for College Program (the Program). Through the Program, eligible students enrolled in an NYC public school (including participating charter schools), starting in kindergarten, automatically receive a free NYC Scholarship Account with an initial allocation of $100 by NYC Kids RISE on their behalf, invested in a NY 529 Direct Plan, and opportunities to receive additional rewards over time. Their families can open and connect their own college savings account on their child’s behalf, and communities can contribute to groups of these NYC Scholarship Accounts as both a targeted and universal platform for community-driven asset-building in every neighborhood. This approach draws from a variety of best practices and disciplines across the fields of asset building, child savings accounts, financial empowerment, education, community wealth building, urban poverty, neighborhood effects and social capital research, collective impact, and more. Read more about NYC Kids RISE and the Save for College Program and listen to stories from partners who helped build the platform during its pilot phase from 2017 to 2022.  You can also view recent articles in Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, and the NYCHA Journal; and read more about NYC Kids RISE theory of change in a recent report by the Urban Institute. 

After a successful pilot phase in the communities of School District 30 in Queens, NYC Kids RISE expanded citywide during the 2021-2022 school year. This school year, more than 200,000 students, across nearly 1,000 elementary schools, now have NYC Scholarship Accounts with nearly $30 million invested for their college and career futures.

About the NYC Kids RISE School Networks Team 

Elementary schools are at the heart of every neighborhood and the most central institution in directly supporting educational achievement, equity, and college and career readiness. As a key piece of building and enabling a universal, community driven wealth-building platform, NYC Kids RISE is working to support the capacity of school districts and elementary schools throughout New York City to use the Save for College Program as a tool to advance their goals of college and career readiness, family empowerment, and strong family-community ties. The School Networks team currently includes a Deputy Director, Charter Schools; Deputy Director, District Schools; Deputy Director, Districts; and Project Lead, School Networks.

The School Networks team is focused on the following key areas:

  1. Providing Capacity Building Support and Technical Assistance to schools and districts
  2. Creating and delivering Professional Learning Sessions to schools and supporting Communities of Practice
  3. Systems Integration
 

School Networks Summer Intern

NYC Kids RISE seeks a highly organized and detail-oriented School Networks Summer Intern with strong communication, writing and analysis skills to join our team and support the execution of our school engagement and support strategy. Reporting to the Project Lead, School Networks, this is a temporary position that averages 40 hours a week for up to 10 weeks between June and August, with flexibility on the start and end dates.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Leading special projects, including compiling and managing a standard language library of FAQs to be used in response to school stakeholder questions
  • Assisting in development and execution of Professional Learning Sessions and a School Conference for school staff, as well as related follow-up communications
  • Analyzing Program engagement, Professional Learning Session attendance and survey data in Excel/Google Sheets to better provide support and technical assistance to schools and districts
  • Conducting data entry and data analysis related to school activities and family engagement in internal tracking system 
  • Supporting the development and updates of school-facing materials 
  • Attending and supporting in-person Save for College Program events throughout NYC, including supporting the logistics of preparation, execution and follow up
  • Working on other ad-hoc projects that support the execution of the School Networks’ strategy, as needed 
  • Along with all NYC Kids RISE employees, maintaining, and supporting other staff and volunteers to maintain strict adherence to NYC Kids RISE data security and privacy policies; remaining vigilant on the ways in which NYC Kids RISE can continue to protect Confidential Information (including Student and Family Data); and
  • Along with all NYC Kids RISE employees, participating and sharing in the organization’s work to advance racial equity and anti-oppression in the organization’s and Program’s operations and practices; proactively identify opportunities to advance the development of an anti-racist organization; share and solicit ongoing feedback and conversations to advance this work.

Qualifications

  • Currently pursuing a graduate-level degree in public administration or policy, education or business 
  • Strong oral and written communications skills
  • Ability to break down complex concepts in a way that is easy to understand
  • Comfortable with basic data analysis in Excel/Google Sheets 
  • Proficiency in MS/Google Suite
  • Proficiency in Zoom / Google Meet / MS Teams or other video meeting or webinar technology
  • Highly organized with proven ability to work cross-functionally, including ability to track, manage and execute work streams toward completion
  • Interest in or previous work experience in schools administration and/or college and career readiness
  • Previous experience with project management and/or customer service a plus
  • Enjoys working as part of a team, but able to work independently
  • High degree of comfort with change and a fast-paced environment

NYC Kids RISE currently maintains a hybrid work environment where staff work both from home and in the office, as determined by the staff member's preferences as well as the needs of our organization and the specific responsibilities of individual roles and teams. Our offices are based in Long Island City (Queens, NY). This full-time internship averages 8 weeks/40 hours a week, and compensation is set at $25/hour.

To apply, a cover letter and resume are required. Please list the name of the position, “School Networks Intern" in your cover letter.

NYC Kids Rise is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate in employment on the basis of basis of gender, religion, race, creed, color, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, marital status, caregiver status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military status, unemployed status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


 
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