State Policy Intern

The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) seeks candidates for two, paid internships for the summer of 2019. These internships are appropriate for students pursuing graduate study in higher education, public policy, public administration, and related fields. The ideal candidates will be motivated, active learners with interests in higher education policy and governance, policy analysis, and research methods. SHEEO seeks and encourages diverse applicants.

The focus of the internships will be providing support for SHEEO’s research and data and policy analysis efforts. SHEEO’s summer 2019 interns may assist with a variety of projects depending on the interns’ skills and interests and SHEEO’s needs. These may include original data collection and analysis, offering assistance to SHEEO agencies, responding to data requests, constructing data sets, drafting white papers, and designing professional development opportunities for SHEEO agency staff. Interns will also have the opportunity to attend the SHEEO Policy Conference Aug 5-9, 2019, in Boston.

The internships will last for approximately eight weeks, beginning in early June. The intern positions will pay $15 per hour. Interns will work 20-37.5 hours per week, with hours by mutual arrangement.


  • Completed coursework in higher education, public policy, public administration, statistics, research methods, economics, sociology, or a related field
  • Quantitative and/or qualitative analysis skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Strong facility with Microsoft Excel
  • Proficiency in a statistical software package (Stata, SPSS, R, Python, etc.) preferred
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • An interest in public policy related to higher education
  • Knowledge of IPEDS and Census data preferred

Goals of the SHEEO State Policy Internship Program:

  • Advancing understanding of state higher education policy and governance
  • Advancing equity and diversity in state higher education policy and governance
  • Increasing the skills and knowledge of the state higher education policy field
  • Increasing the interest of current graduate students in state higher education policy and governance

Application Process:

Please apply by email to: David Szczesny at and include the following:

  1. Letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position
  2. Résumé or curriculum vitae

Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled, but full consideration will be given to those received by March 29, 2019.

About SHEEO:

SHEEO serves its members as an advocate for state policy leadership, as a liaison between states and the federal government, as a vehicle for learning from and collaborating with peers, and as a source of information and analysis on educational and public policy issues. SHEEO seeks to advance public policies and educational practices to achieve more widespread access and successful participation in higher education, more new discoveries through research, and more applications of knowledge that improve the quality of human lives.

The positions will be based in Boulder, Colorado. SHEEO is particularly interested in providing equal employment opportunities and employing a diverse staff. Read more about SHEEO on our

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