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The Office of Economic Development and Community Engagement (OEDCE) was established to lead and coordinate the association’s mission 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 place development through public service, outreach, and community engagement. 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 Commission on Economic and Community Engagement (CECE) 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 OEDCE intern will have an opportunity to learn about and contribute to practice of economic engagement and policy-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. Applications must be submitted via this form. Review will begin in April 2019 and this position will be posted until the position is filled.
"From practical skills like workforce development, technology transfer, research and writing and more; to intangibles such as networking and professional development, my time at APLU was truly invaluable. Everyone there wanted nothing less than the best for me and would go to the ends of the earth to get me there, especially the OEDCE team. No matter how busy anyone got they always managed to find time for me & their fellow coworkers, and that was one of the things that I appreciated the most."
-Anthony Cordetti, 2018 APLU OEDCE Summer Intern