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Association of Public & Land-grant Universities
Office of Economic Development and Community Engagement
District Of Columbia
Posted: 06/6/2018
Fall 2018 Intern - APLU Office of Economic Development and Community Engagement

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) is a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. With a membership of 235 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and affiliated organizations, APLU’s agenda is built on the three pillars of 1) increasing degree completion and academic success, 2) advancing scientific research, and 3) expanding economic and community engagement. The association’s work is furthered by an active and effective advocacy arm that works with Congress and the administration as well as the media to advance federal policies that strengthen public universities and benefit the students they serve. Founded in 1887, APLU is North America's oldest higher education association with member institutions in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, four U.S. territories, as well as Canada, and Mexico.

The Office of Economic Development and Community Engagement (OEDCE) was established to support the association’s third pillar of “expanding economic and community engagement.”

OEDCE undertakes projects and initiatives that advance APLU’s members’ contributions to “economic engagement” – university efforts that promote innovation and technology-driven economic development, talent and workforce development, and social, cultural and community development through place-making. The office helps universities develop and share effective practices in these three realms of engagement frequently focusing on how institutions partner with entrepreneurs, small businesses, major corporations, community organizations, state and local government, national associations, and economic development organizations. OEDCE helps senior university leaders, their staff and partners imagine and then realize a shared vision for healthier and more engaged citizens, thriving economies, and other outcomes that lead to a better tomorrow.

The office also convenes the association’s Council on Engagement and Outreach (CEO) and Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity (CICEP) which bring together senior decision makers at universities who are responsible for the institutions’ work in economic engagement. CEO and CICEP serve as premier national forums for economic and community engagement issues. The office collaborates across other offices, councils, and commissions to advance university engagement with other university leaders including presidents, provosts, and senior officers presiding over university enterprises pertaining to research, international initiatives, diversity and access, student affairs, strategic communications, government relations, cooperative extension, urban affairs and more.

The OEDCE intern will have an opportunity to learn about and contribute to practice of economic engagement and polcy-making (both the institutional policy level and the federal policy level) and advocacy in areas related to public research universities’ interface with communities and the economy. Interns participate in a number of activities, such as attending and reporting on Congressional hearings and federal agency briefings, carrying out research projects, interacting with other members of the higher education community, and other projects and efforts as necessary.

An APLU OEDCE internship is first and foremost a unique educational experience for students considering a career in higher education, economic development, or public policy. We welcome students whether or not their internships will be part of a formal academic program. In all instances, we work with our interns to make the experience as relevant to the students’ educational goals and career aspirations as possible. Many of our past interns have described the APLU internship and the insights it provides on Washington and national policy as eye-opening and sometimes even life changing. Students with a wide variety of majors have benefitted from this internship.

Both undergraduate and graduate students are welcome. The internship is unpaid, however we provide a transit subsidy to help cover Metrorail/bus commuting expenses to and from the office. Interested students should submit a CV/resume with a 1-page cover letter describing your career interests/aspirations, qualifications, and interest in APLU’s OEDCE internship to Please title your email “Fall 2018 Internship Application”