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Association of Public & Land-grant Universities
Office of Economic Development and Community Engagement
District Of Columbia
Posted: 01/11/2018
Summer 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 increasing degree completion and academic success, advancing scientific research, and expanding 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.

The Office of Economic Development and Community Engagement (OEDCE) was established to support the association’s third pillar of “expanding engagement.” OEDCE works with the association’s Council on Engagement and Outreach (CEO), Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity (CICEP), and across other offices, councils, and commissions to advance university engagement with stakeholders. OEDCE helps APLU’s members engage in their communities and regions to tackle societal challenges, create great places to work and live, and advance economic growth and prosperity. The office helps universities develop and share effective practices in partnering with community organizations, state and local government, entrepreneurs, small businesses, major corporations, and economic development organizations. OEDCE helps university leaders and their stakeholders 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 OEDCE intern will have an opportunity to learn about and contribute to 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. Specifically, the intern will work with APLU’s vice president for economic development and community engagement in communicating with and coordinating the efforts of CEO and CICEP. Council and commission members include a wide range of campus leaders in research, engagement, and science and technology.

The OEDCE intern will also have opportunities to connect with APLU’s Office of Congressional and Governmental Affairs to witness and contribute to the policy-making and advocacy processes in areas of public policy critical to the public higher education enterprise. 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 internship is first and foremost a unique educational experience for students considering a career in higher education or public policy. We welcome students whether or not their internships will be part of a formal academic program at their school. 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. The APLU OEDCE internship is a great opportunity for students with an interest in university engagement in community and economic development. 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 resume and cover letter to OEDCE at
Applications will be accepted until the internship position is filled.