Education: School Quality and Accountability Internship

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District of Columbia Public Charter School Board
3333 14th Street NW Suite 210
Washington, DC
Posted: March 09 2016
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: Part-time, Unpaid

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Who we are
Our goal is to ensure that students and families in Washington, DC have access to quality public charter school education. We do that by setting tough academic standards, using a comprehensive charter application review process and effective oversight, providing meaningful support and actively involving parents, school leaders, the community and policy makers.

Before PCSB permits a public charter school to open, the nonprofit proposing to run it must commit – in writing – to the contribution it will make to DC’s educational landscape. If the nonprofit fails to meet its goals, we hold it accountable.

Currently there are 114 public charter schools in Washington, DC, operated by 62 nonprofits, located in 102 separate facilities around the City.

Created in 1996, PCSB is an independent body governed by the School Reform Act. The first public charter school opened in Washington, DC in 1996.

To provide quality public school options for DC students, families, and communities through:

- A comprehensive application review process
- Effective oversight
- Meaningful support
- Active engagement of its stakeholders
- Vision
- To lead the transformation of public education in DC, and serve as a national role model for charter school authorizing and accountability

DC Public Charter School Board Internship Program is designed for high achieving college students, recent graduates, and graduate students in Washington, DC who are interested in learning more about DC charter schools and are committed to the mission of providing quality public school options for DC students and families. Depending on the interns’ interests, they have the opportunity to experience working in a variety of fields.

Through their work with PCSB, interns will gain a great deal of knowledge about the public education system in DC, the challenges it faces, and the charter school sector.

To apply, please send in your resume and cover letter to


The School Quality and Accountability intern will help with the following projects:
- Assist in preparation for Quality Site Review (QSR) visits at schools
- Proofread and edit new guidelines for charter reviews and renewals as well as QSR protocols
- Work with Epicenter, a data collection platform, to organize and schedule recurring and annual events


During their internships, interns are expected to contribute at least 15 hours/week of their time. Exact days and times are determined in conjunction with the intern’s manager.

In addition to working directly with our staff on engaging projects, interns benefit from a variety of professional development opportunities including participation in discussions on various topics in education and opportunities to network and learn about education policy by attending events in Washington, DC.

While internships are unpaid, we are happy to work with the applicants to satisfy any requirements they may have for school course credit.

The PCSB Internship Program is currently accepting applicants from college juniors and seniors, recent college graduates, and students enrolled in graduate programs.

Potential interns should have an interest in and commitment to improving public education.
Candidates should also have strong writing and analytic skills, attention to detail, and problem solving abilities.
Interns must work well both independently and with others to juggle a variety of tasks in a fast-paced environment.
Adaptability, initiative, and a desire to reflect and receive constructive feedback to develop skills are essential.

Skills Desired:
- Writing/proof-reading/editing skills
- Organizational skills
- Ability to learn basic functions of a new data storage platform (Epicenter)
- Familiarity with Google Docs


Required - Google Docs, Strong organizational skills
Preferred - Data Storage Technologies

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