Project Intern

Posted: August 25, 2017

About Eskolta

Founded in 2010, Eskolta School Research and Design, Inc., is a non-profit organization that helps urban public schools improve results for their most vulnerable youth. We consult with teachers, school principals, and school district staff to interpret existing data and research, use this to launch and share practices in their schools, test those practices in order to improve and adapt them to their student needs, and help them to disseminate learning so that more educators can learn from their experience. We complement this site-based work with coaching to school district staff and research on school-based work to better understand how change occurs in public schools. The research-based practices we study and support schools to put in place draw upon four core principles: strength-based culture to engage students and adults; transparent and frequent feedback loops to help students and adults know how they can improve; clear pathways to success to help students flexibly progress to their futures; and data-guided leadership for adults to collaborate towards success. Working with Eskolta is a unique opportunity to join an organization that is at the forefront of the effort to turn around the dropout problem through innovative education reform. We are dedicated to supporting a healthy work/life balance for everyone we work with by supporting a talented team while building a flexible workplace. To learn more, visit

Project Overview

Eskolta is seeking a project intern to support its program team. Job responsibilities may include, but will not be limited to: visiting and documenting meetings at schools with school design partners, compiling existing research and other resources for use in schools, supporting professional development events, compiling and cleaning quantitative data on student outcomes and conducting simple statistical analysis of that data, and writing and drafting portions of reports and other products, all with the direction and input of our school design partners.


The ideal candidate will be a highly organized, clear thinker and self-starter who has excellent skills in quantitative and qualitative research and the ability to write clearly and cohesively. Familiarity with Google apps and MS Office suite are critical. Also:

  • A self-starter with the ability to move a project forward in a small, entrepreneurial environment
  • A good listener, eager to grow and take feedback to learn
  • A commitment to helping to improve urban public education.

Compensation & Time Commitment

  • This is a full-year internship beginning as soon as possible and ending in May, though candidates interested in a one-term internship may apply.
  • Pay is hourly at a rate of $13.50/hr for graduate students and $11.00/hr for undergraduate students.
  • Hours are flexible and there will be variability across the year, but candidates must be able to commit an average of at least 10 hours per week to the internship.

How to Apply

Submit via email to resume and a cover letter. In your cover letter, please answer two of the following three questions: What is one example of a paper you have written that required original research? How do you approach supporting adults in schools to effect change for students? What do you think is an important issue that needs to be addressed in public schools in the United States?
Applications will be considered as they are received.

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