2019 Spring Internship Positions
About The Commit Partnership
The Commit Partnership is focused on the powerful idea that every child in Dallas County should receive an excellent and equitable education, preparing them to flourish in their careers. To reach this vision, the Partnership serves as a community navigator and connector, analyzing data to elevate strategic initiatives, improve practices and policies, and ultimately growing community capacity, capabilities and resources to serve students more effectively.
Founded in 2012, the Partnership is the nation’s largest educational collective impact organization: a coalition of over 200 partners (public and private schools, colleges, foundations, businesses, and nonprofits), all working collaboratively to solve our region’s biggest systemic educational challenges. Our flagship effort, “Early Matters Dallas”, focuses on improving early childhood outcomes, while our second initiative, “Best-in-Class DFW”, aims in partnership with the Communities Foundation of Texas to increase the number of effective and diverse campus educators serving DFW’s 1.2 million students. Our third initiative, “Dallas County Promise”, seeks to align our local “higher ed” institutions to maximize the number of students who can access and complete a quality post-secondary education. Day-to-day work is supported by more than 25 full-time staff who combine data, deep educational experience, and strategic thinking to. collectively support Partnership efforts while advocating for Dallas County students at the state and local level and convening community conversations around the latest research and best practices. The net result is a shared roadmap for the future that civic leaders and local stakeholders own and hold themselves mutually accountable for its execution.
Our Core Values
● Integrity - We will act honestly and ethically in how we make both internal and external decisions, present data, and communicate with partners
● Equity & Inclusion – We seek to help transform systems in ways that ensure every student has access to the resources they need.
● Students First - Our decisions are guided by multiple stakeholders, but ultimately rest upon one question: What is in the best interest of students?
● Systemic Impact – We are patient and persistent as we identify the most effective approaches to help create lasting systems change.
● Humility- We embrace the fact that our community’s success depends on our ability to work cohesively with each other and to constantly learn.
● Joy- It’s important we bring a constant sense of optimism and have fun while taking on this difficult work.
About the Position
The Commit Partnership Internship offers paid positions for the 10 – 20 week (Jan - May) Spring program. As a program intern, you will support key organizational initiatives in one or more of the following areas:
● Advocacy – support advocacy initiatives that advance public opinion and legislation that enhances outcomes for students in Dallas and surrounding areas. The intern will help build skills learning about policy structure, ground-level needs, and personal initiative while gaining experience with drafting legislation. Tasks include data aggregation, external communications, legislation research, policy writing, policy tracking, website skills, grassroots campaigns, interpersonal dynamics, and coalition building.
● Cradle-to-Career Education Initiatives: support the implementations of coalition (Best in Class, Early Matters Dallas, Dallas County Promise) strategies to improve education outcomes for underserved students from PreK through college to ensure they have opportunities to the pathways that lead to fulfilling careers.
● Communications – Assist with the day-to-day operations of our social media and marketing platforms, draft platform content, facilitate special event promotion & planning, and collaborate with team members to develop effective marketing campaigns.
● Ops-HR- Finance: conduct research, perform analysis of the systems and processes that drive operations department initiatives. Support the work of internal teams by facilitating strategies to reduce challenges and expedite solutions to meet operational needs
Philanthropy – support work of the team to cultivate relationships with philanthropic entities and individuals who have mutual interests and are passionate about improving educational outcomes for students Dallas and surrounding areas.
The internship will provide hands-on experience and exposure to the broader Dallas County educational and state-wide educational community. You’ll have exposure to learn more about how policy, regulation, the private sector, philanthropy, and educational institutions interact and influence student outcomes and social mobility. Skills developed will be applicable to a variety of pursuits including education, business, policy and more.
● Strong track record and/or commitment to education and believe in the power of education to improve the outcomes for all children
● Strong academic record
● Self-starter who can multitask and manage time effectively
● Excellent oral and written communication skills; excellent quantitative skills a big plus
● Flexibility to take on a variety of projects—including those involving data, writing, and research
● Comfort with Microsoft Office products, specifically PowerPoint and Excel
● Ability to work independently and collaboratively on a team
● Strong attention to detail
To apply, complete an application at https://tinyurl.com/2019-Spring-Internship, attach a cover letter detailing your area of interest and qualification for the role, a resume’ and a copy of your college transcript. For more information, visit us at www.commitpartnership.org
The Commit Partnership is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to hire individuals with backgrounds similar to that of the stakeholders they serve. As an organization that embraces equity and inclusion, all employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws.