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Autumn Lewis, former NCTQ employee

Open Positions

Communications Intern
Washington, D.C.


The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) is currently seeking two Communications Interns for the Spring and Summer of 2018 to help increase awareness of our efforts to improve teacher quality across the country. If you are creative, a self-starter, and looking to hone your communications skills, we want to talk to you.

Organization Description:

NCTQ believes every child deserves effective teachers and every teacher deserves the opportunity and support to become effective. We are a nonpartisan, not-for-profit research and policy organization that is committed to modernizing the teaching profession. We research, evaluate, and provide information and guidance to help policymakers, educators, and researchers understand vital teacher quality issues. Most importantly, we don't just call attention to what's wrong, but offer concrete solutions to help solve teacher quality challenges.

Internship Experience:

The Communications Intern will play a critical role as part of NCTQ's communications team helping to share our research and policy recommendations with our target audiences. In this role, you will help bring our brand to life through our varied communications efforts, including our social media platforms, website, e-newsletter outreach, and marketing/PR campaigns. There are ample opportunities to develop original content, as well as test digital marketing strategies such as Google AdWords campaigns and social media marketing.


  • Assist in developing and executing NCTQ's social media strategy, including curating high-interest content to increase activity on our social media channels and launching campaigns.
  • Support the ongoing maintenance and improvement of NCTQ's website to ensure that new and consistent information is posted regularly.
  • Manage dissemination and tracking of new e-newsletter outreach initiative targeting legislators, state education agencies, superintendents, governors, school district officials, and advocacy groups.
  • Provide quality control on all external materials, ensuring consistency of message and style.
  • Assist with compiling reports on the organization's communications activities and metrics to inform recommendations on how we can best reach and engage our target audiences.
  • Stay up-to-date on education policy and practice, as well as communications trends, to help inform NCTQ's overarching communications strategy.


NCTQ seeks to hire staff that bring diverse perspectives and experiences.

The communications intern is critical to the success of our communications team and our ability to achieve our organizational mission. For the ideal candidate, being active on social media is second nature. The idea of finding new and effective ways to share a story or message excites you. Your friends or a former employer would describe you as "creative" and "a go-getter." They would also say that "strong attention to detail" is one of your strengths.

Preference will be given to those with some communications or marketing experience, a desire to learn, and a willingness to receive constructive feedback. Interest or experience in education policy is a plus.

A bachelor's degree is not required. This opportunity is open to undergraduate students. Pay range is $15-$20/hour, commensurate with experience.

To apply, in lieu of a cover letter, we request that you submit your resume and a one-page list of recommendations for improving NCTQ's Twitter feed and Facebook page to with the subject line "Communications Intern."

To Apply

In lieu of a cover letter, we request that you submit your resume and a one-page list of recommendations for improving NCTQ's Twitter feed and Facebook page to with the subject line "Communications Intern."

The National Council on Teacher Quality is an Equal Opportunity Employer. NCTQ does not discriminate in its hiring and personnel practices on the basis of race, sex, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by law.