Research/Writing Intern

NYC Educators for Better Alternatives

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 research/writing interns as part of its effort start and organize NYC Educators for Better Alternatives, an initiative to highlight the impact of alternative education options for youth who had not succeeded in traditional settings. The intern will be responsible for working with Eskolta, transfer school educators, and a national partner to research and write a series of brief descriptions of practices that serve as alternative approaches to school accountability through new ways of analyzing graduation, student assessment, and use of student survey data. These will contribute to a report to be written jointly with Eskolta and a national partner.


The ideal candidate will be an energetic, self-starter committed to promoting social justice and racial equity in our schools by promoting better alternatives for students who have fallen behind. You need to be an entrepreneurial and highly organized person who believes deeply in the work to make this happen. Strong research and writing skill are a must for this role. 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 progressive thinker committed to Eskolta’s mission and values
  • Flexibility, sense of humor, and an eagerness to get the job done

Compensation & Time Commitment

This is a flexible internship with work to be completed before December 2017.
Payment: Graduate Student Interns paid at $13.50/hour. Interns who hold graduate degree paid at $15.00/hour.

How to Apply

Submit via email to resume and a cover letter describing your experience and why it makes you a good fit for this role, as well as 2 writing samples. Applications will be considered as they are received.

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