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Rennie Center Intern

Job Description
The Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy’s mission is to improve public education through well-informed decision-making based on deep knowledge and evidence of effective policymaking and practice. As Massachusetts’ preeminent voice in public education reform, we create open spaces for educators and policymakers to consider evidence, discuss cutting-edge issues, and develop new approaches to advance student learning. Through our staunch commitment to independent, non-partisan research and constructive conversations, we work to promote an education system that provides every child with the opportunity to be successful in school and in life.

Position Overview                                                                                     
The Intern is responsible for assisting with a variety of tasks to support the Rennie Center’s research portfolio and practice-based initiatives. This will involve both traditional research responsibilities and assistance with planning and preparing for engagements with education practitioners (district and school staff). We are seeking candidates who are willing and eager to pitch in on multiple projects over the course of a single day, providing valuable assistance to staff while gaining a broad understanding of how the Rennie Center works within the fields of education research, policy, and practice.

Essential Functions

Research Team Support

  • Help produce research reports by completing tasks such as:
    • Carrying out background research and literature reviews
    • Analyzing publicly available data sources at the local, state, and national level
    • Researching models of best practice within Massachusetts and beyond
    • Contacting outside individuals and organizations to schedule and support data collection
    • Reporting findings to staff and assisting with data analysis

Practice Team Support

  • Help prepare for network learning sessions that bring together district and school leaders from across Massachusetts by completing tasks such as:
    • Developing and printing materials for meetings
    • Ensuring that logistical needs (food, AV, etc.) are addressed
    • Building and maintaining a shared drive that includes key resources and tools
    • Collecting data from participant evaluations and summarizing findings to support future planning
  • Provide additional administrative support as needed for Rennie Center projects, events, and initiatives


  • Self-starter able to work in a fast-paced environment and complete projects independently
  • Ability to coordinate multiple tasks and collaborate with others to move projects forward
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including strong grammar and proofreading skills
  • Awareness of policy environment and education reform issues, in Massachusetts and nationally
  • Graduate degree in a relevant field (completed or in progress) strongly preferred

To Apply
Email a copy of your resume to Laura Dziorny, Chief of Staff, at ldziorny@renniecenter.org. In your email or an attached cover letter, explain your interest in the role and why you believe you would be a good fit for the position.

We are seeking a candidate to work for approximately 10 hours per week. The Intern will be paid hourly, and we anticipate that the rate for this position will be $20 per hour.


The Rennie Center is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, and LGBT applicants. This job description is subject to change at any time.