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About NCAN

NCAN is a small, collaborative team of experienced professionals who are fully committed to achieving equity for students historically underrepresented in higher education. Our work environment is fast-paced but family friendly and provides opportunities for team members to use their talents to their fullest extent. As a national membership network, we are continually informed and inspired by the efforts of organizations and systems across the country committed to breaking down barriers for students and support them to obtain college degrees and successful careers.

NCAN currently offers a robust employee benefits package, including:

  • 3 weeks of vacation during the first year of employment.
  • 100% coverage of the employee’s health insurance premium (spouse/dependents covered at employee expense).
  • 1 day a week of teleworking for employees in good standing.
  • Up to a 13% 401(k) plan contribution (depending the employee’s own contribution and duration of service).

Available positions


Communications Intern, Summer 2020

The National College Attainment Network ( announces a full-time communications intern opportunity in its Washington, D.C., office. We are seeking a motivated junior or senior undergraduate student or a graduate student with strong writing and analytical skills and an interest in college access/success, financial aid, and/or higher education policy and advocacy.

Primary Responsibility

This Communications Intern’s primary responsibility will be to expand and promote NCAN’s policy communications and advocacy work through blog posts, newsletter articles, and collaboration with NCAN members.

The intern will share stories (often of NCAN members and the students they serve) and advocate for policies and programs including:

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) simplification.
  • The federal Pell Grant program for students from low-income families.
  • Other financial aid programs that help underserved students obtain a postsecondary education, including Federal Work-Study, AmeriCorps, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants.
  • College access/success organizations that support underserved students.

The intern will also have social media duties (Twitter, Facebook, and occasionally LinkedIn and YouTube) related to these areas, and they may attend local events focused on education policy and advocacy.

Qualifications and Experience

The ideal candidate has experience with education journalism, communications, or policy (through work, volunteer experience, or completing first-year graduate studies); an interest in higher education issues; and the ability to communicate complex policy topics to a general audience. The candidates most likely to succeed will be strong writers.

Candidates must be pursuing an undergraduate- or graduate-level degree. This opportunity is open to all majors, as we know great writers come from a variety of academic backgrounds.

Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite is a must, and strong social media skills are preferred. Graphic design and/or video editing skills are a plus.

Through this position, the intern will gain improved writing skills and learn more about higher education policy and advocacy, and how nonprofits engage in policy work.

Employment Specifics

This position is for summer 2020, starting in early to mid-May and ending in late August or early September. The internship is full time (37.5 hours per week), paid at a rate of $15 to $20 an hour, depending on a candidate’s level of education and expertise.

The position is based in NCAN’s office (1001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036) and is not eligible for telework.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should email a resume, cover letter, and writing sample of 1,000 words or fewer to:

Kelly Mae Ross
Communications Manager
National College Attainment Network

Priority consideration will be given to applications received by Friday, March 6.