The NEA partners with institutions of higher education and other organizations to identify intern candidates - generally undergraduate students, recent college graduates, graduate students or doctoral candidates, who are interested in public education policy and education issues. 

NEA offers a limited number of volunteer and paid internships to support projects and programs in various NEA Centers and/or departments.  Paid (stipended) interns may work up to a maximum of twenty (20) hours per week and currently receive an hourly rate for each hour worked.  Volunteer interns do not receive compensation.  Most volunteer interns work between 28-37.5 hours a week and generally receive course or program credit for the internship experience.

The intern program provides each intern with training and learning opportunities and a variety of rich and substantive programmatic work experiences that support quality public education.  These experiences may include conducting research, analyzing data, writing reports, participating in meetings and policy forums, conducting interviews with governance and staff, visits to Capitol Hill, and other appropriate program-related activities.

Interns are assigned based on the available openings and may have the opportunity to work on projects and events in many Centers or departments throughout NEA.

Available internship openings will be posted on the NEA web site on a rolling basis and are open until filled.  Students who are interested in applying for an internship with NEA should plan to apply online and be prepared to submit the following items:  resume, letter or statement of interest indicating dates of availability to intern and why they wish to intern at NEA, two (2) letters of recommendation, and two (2) writing samples.  Recommendation letters may be submitted by professors, teachers, employers, or program representatives and must be verifiable.   General writing samples may include reports, research papers or essays – one up to five (5) pages and one over five (5) pages.  

For additional information contact Faye Northcutt, SPHR, Intern Program Coordinator, at 202-822-7404, or NEA Human Resources at 202-822-7600.  

Current Intern Opportunities