Education Studies Intern/Communications - Remote

Austin , TX
Feb 11, 2023
Mar 30, 2023
Education, Research
Full Time
Westat's 9-week summer internship experiences will be hosted virtually, or on-site at our U.S. office-based locations. Our interns can expect to work 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday. The program will begin on Monday, June 5, 2023, and end on August 4, 2023. 
During the summer internship program, you will be assigned a project deliverable and will present during the final week of the program. You will also attend educational programs and networking events.  

This position may be remote. The pay rate for this role is $25/hr. Interns are responsible for securing their own housing should they select an on-site role. 

Westat is seeking a communications intern for a U.S. Department of Education funded technical assistance center. The Region 14 Comprehensive Center (R14CC) serves the state education agencies in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas to improve outcomes for all students. The R14CC includes thought leaders from a wide variety of backgrounds who provide cutting-edge expertise to our clients. With a collaborative culture and strategic and tactical skills, we are committed to our clients' success. You can learn more about our work, our team, and our clients on our website: We invite candidates to apply who are curious and excited to learn more about what it's like to work at Westat.  

You will work with a mentor from our Communications team who will support you as you collaborate with teams across 21 active projects. You will support the implementation and development of communications across client-driven projects. You will contribute toward internal and public-facing deliverables that will be used and seen by the states we serve in addition to the U.S. Department of Education. This a great opportunity to understand how to communicate to audiences at federal, state, and local levels.  

Successful candidates will bring diverse perspectives and varied experiences (whether from school, life, or past jobs). We value curiosity, innovation, and systems-level thinking to create communications and projects that drive improved outcomes. We are passionate about inclusiveness, diversity, and cultural competency in the work we do within our team and in services for our clients. 

Job Responsibilities: 

Support the development (writing, editing, interviewing) of content for website stories and social media campaigns that provide value for our clients and teams.  

Provide research and administrative support for content creation across multiple audiences and channels, including feature articles on the R14CC and Westat websites.  

Support the development and implementation of communication strategies, materials, and editorial calendars for communication across multiple audiences and channels. 

Help translate technical findings and data into content delivery that is user-centered and engaging. 

Work independently and collaboratively as part of a cross-functional team, meeting deadlines, and proactively updating teams on progress through project management software, regular meetings, and email. 

Basic Qualifications: 

Currently enrolled in a master's degree program. 

Background, experience, or relevant coursework in writing, graphic design, visual media, marketing, and/or public communications.

Proficiency in MS Office Applications (e.g., Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel).

Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite.

Preferred Qualifications: 

Interest in topics such as K-12 education, postsecondary education/training, rural education, educational equity, technical assistance/capacity-building services, and education research and/or program evaluation    

Familiarity with the evidence base for effective practices, programs, and interventions in K-12 education.    

Experience using Drupal or WordPress as a content editor.    

Interest and/or knowledge in UX/UI design   Interest and/or knowledge in SEO and Google Analytics (GA4).

Strong attention to detail with commitment to clear, concise, and correct communication. 

A passion for creative, informative, and compelling storytelling (written and visual) that resonate with target audiences.   

Westat is an employee-owned corporation providing research services to agencies of the U.S. Government, as well as businesses, foundations, and state and local governments. Westat's research, technical, and administrative staff of more than 2,000 is located at our headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, DC.

Westat is committed to building a diverse workforce and a culture of inclusivity, belonging and equity for all. We believe that our greatest strength draws on the different backgrounds, cultures, perspectives and experiences of our employees.

Westat is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other protected status under applicable law.