Educational Issues Internships

The Educational Issues Department has paid internship positions available year-round. Full- or part-time positions are available and can be set up on a semester or longer-term basis.

The AFT is the nation’s second largest teachers’ union, representing 1.6 million members across the country. Five divisions within the organization represent the broad spectrum of the AFT’s membership: PreK through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; and nurses and other healthcare professionals. In addition, the AFT represents approximately 80,000 early childhood educators and nearly 250,000 retiree members.

Internship Duties and Responsibilities

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Researching, reviewing, tracking data to analyze various trends in preK-12 education; providing research support for responses to legislative and media requests; reading and summarizing reports; categorizing and uploading documents; attending internal and external meetings and other events and providing written summaries of the proceedings; supporting senior-level staff; assisting in the writing of various materials; and assisting in the production and dissemination of surveys and compiling results.


We believe that our internships will provide exposure to a high-quality educational and work experience. Likewise, we expect our interns to conduct themselves professionally and ethically, and do their work with dedication and accuracy.

Ideal candidates should have an interest in education policy and/or practice, be a critical thinker, be in good academic standing, be self-motivated, be able to work both independently and collaboratively.

If you are interested in being considered for a position, please forward a cover letter, your resume, and a writing sample to:

Educational Issues Internship
555 New Jersey Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001
fax: 202/393-6371