Teaching Lab is a non-profit startup devoted to creating educational equity through instructional improvement. We aim to change the fundamental paradigm for professional learning in the US to dramatically improve outcomes for low-income and minority students. Our model uses teacher-led cycles of inquiry focused on study of the curriculum. We have supported teachers and students in Washington, DC, Louisiana, West Virginia, and New York.
Teaching Lab is an equal opportunity employer, committed to reflecting the diversity of the students we serve. We enthusiastically welcome candidates of all backgrounds.
Summary of Position
Teaching Lab is seeking paid, full-time or part-time interns to support our growing and dynamic team based in Washington, D.C. The role is ideal for recent outstanding college graduates or current undergraduate/postgraduate students. We value and provide growth opportunities to individuals who are eager, self-motivated and passionate about improving student learning through high-quality teaching. We strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply.
Location: Teaching Lab offices in Washington, D.C. (Shaw neighborhood)
Duration: Part-time or full-time position; Summer and Fall Semester 2018 (starting as early as March/April 2018)
Compensation: $15/hour for undergraduates; $20/hour for those with a college degree
Teaching Lab is a dynamic, fast-paced environment where deadlines, projects, and responsibilities change on a frequent basis. Interns will likely have multiple roles and projects, including:
Logistics, operations, administration: scheduling (travel & calendar); conference preparation; expense processing for team members; coordinating meetings; taking notes; and tracking and monitoring timelines. Note: some expenses-paid travel may be required to attend conferences, trainings, and meetings.
Research: researching, writing, and editing of presentations, external-facing documents, literature reviews, market analysis, and other key communications.
Special projects management: overseeing special projects, including development of a communications strategy, business proposal development, sales pipeline cultivation activities, and design of key systems and structures.
Contribution to organizational culture: developing and cultivating team culture with existing and new Teaching Lab staff.
Who You Are
We enthusiastically welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds, including candidates of color, who are inspired by our mission to serve all students by way of improving teacher quality. We are looking for candidates who are:
Hard-working: candidates should be willing to eagerly undertake any task required, operate on tight timelines, and dependably produce high-quality work in a wide variety of contexts.
Organized: candidates should be exceptional multi-taskers who can keep track of multiple responsibilities, structure tasks into logical steps, and be able to handle logistics efficiently and effectively.
Detail-oriented: candidates must be able to follow complex instructions to the “t” when proofreading, responding to feedback, organizing a process, etc.
Invested in education: we are a mission-driven organization and individuals motivated by this mission will feel at home; though previous education experience is not required, the position will require ongoing learning about the Common Core State Standards and teacher professional development and instruction.
Fun and funny: we take our work seriously at Teaching Lab, but not ourselves. Candidates should be team players, enjoy getting to know their coworkers, and able to laugh while at work!
At least 2 years of college education
Demonstrated interest in K-12 education
Strong academic record
High-level proficiency with MS Word & moderate proficiency with MS Excel and PowerPoint
Strong personal recommendations from previous work or academic experience
Sense of humor!
Strong MS Excel and PowerPoint skills
Previous work or academic experience in education
What We Offer
Experience working with top education experts and mentors, including Teaching Lab staff and external partners
Invaluable professional development and management skills
Potential expenses-paid travel to conferences, trainings, and team meetings
Hourly wage: $15/hr for current undergraduate students, $20/hr for those with an undergraduate degree
Possibility of long-term employment: Teaching Lab and its partners hire full-time positions on an ongoing basis; this internship is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate qualification for such positions.