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Senior Equity Intern


MAEC is looking for a graduate student that is detail-oriented and is comfortable prioritizing multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. The Intern will work with the Collaborative Action for Family Engagement (CAFE) Team and report to the CAFE Managing Director. Due to COVID-19, the 2020-21 internship will be conducted remotely. At the beginning of the internship, the Intern and Supervisor will work together to develop a publication on promising or effective practices on family, school, and community engagement based on the Intern’s interests to be completed during the course of the internship.



  • Conduct research on current trends and school-related data
  • Lead literature reviews and synthesize variety of primary and secondary research (e.g., collect news, articles, and research on policy trends and education equity best practices)
  • Contribute to the development of online publications and tool kits about equitable family, school, and community engagement
  • Support program and research staff in gathering information and brainstorming ideas to develop webinars, virtual training courses, and other projects
  • Provide administrative support as needed (e.g., create PowerPoint slides, plan events, support equity specialists, etc.)


  • Knowledge of the theories and strategies of high-impact, culturally responsive family engagement, parent leadership development, and community organizing, and up-to-date knowledge of the most recent developments in these fields
  • Knowledge of current K-12 education issues, especially as related to civil rights, equity, access, and opportunity
  • High level of professionalism, flexibility, diplomacy, and strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience with using editing software
  • Strong computer and technology skills; proficiency in Microsoft Office (Examples: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher), Google docs, and interest in and ability to learn new platforms
  • Outstanding organizational abilities, good judgment, and strong attention to detail



  • Research-related analysis and writing experience
  • A bachelor’s degree, preferably in education or social sciences
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office especially Excel, editing software, Photoshop, Word, and PowerPoint


Please send your resume, cover letter and a writing sample to Application documents must be sent as attachments and not in the body of the email. Please use “Application: Senior Equity Intern – CAFE” as the subject of your email.



MAEC was founded in 1992 as an education non-profit dedicated to increasing access to equitable educational opportunities so all students can learn and achieve at high levels. Its mission is to promote excellence and equity in education to achieve social justice. MAEC provides technical assistance and professional training for state department personnel, public school administrators, teachers, and families on a wide range of issues related to equity, including those centered on race, ethnicity, national origin, language, religion, and gender.

As part of its growing portfolio of projects, MAEC operates the Center for Education Equity, which is a technical assistance center funded by the Department of Education, serving the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions, and the Collaborative Action for Family Engagement Center (CAFE), the Maryland and Pennsylvania statewide family engagement center.

CAFE builds upon MAEC’s 29-year track record of developing and implementing successful applications of evidence-based strategies and capacity building to deliver high-impact, culturally responsive family engagement. CAFE is a birth to grade 12, multi-tiered, comprehensive program that includes technical assistance and training to SEAs, LEAs, and schools in collaboration with community organizations to provide evidence-based, effective practices in culturally responsive family engagement; and direct services for parents, increasing their knowledge and efficacy to help their children improve school readiness and academic achievement.


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