The Todd Otis Public Policy Internship is a unique opportunity to learn firsthand about Minnesota’s early learning policy and advocacy. Think Small believes that placing a priority on children and their families, through access to high quality early childhood education, is critical to closing Minnesota’s opportunity gap with the goal of eliminating the state’s achievement gap.
For the 2021 Session, the internship will be held virtually. If circumstances change to where meeting in person safely is an option, we will consider that.
The intern will work with Think Small’s policy team to advance the organization’s public policy priorities. Work varies throughout the session and will include opportunities to support grassroots and direct lobbying efforts. The intern will attend virtual hearings and meetings with state legislators to help monitor legislation related to early learning. They will also support policy communications efforts and collaborate with other early education advocates.
- The internship will span the legislative session, from January 19 to May 21, 2021.
- The intern will be paid $15/hour and work 10 hours per week usually during the 8am-5pm workday.
- High school diploma or GED
- Interest in early childhood policy and advocacy
- Ability to travel around the metro if necessary (Mileage and parking reimbursement provided)
- Attend Think Small and external events to increase knowledge of the field
- Review news articles and reports to understand latest early care and education developments
- Learn about state legislative process through first-hand experience
- Interact with other early care and education advocates to strengthen partnerships
- Assist with organizing activities to support policy priorities
- Support Think Small’s advocacy communications plan by utilizing tools including Salsa Engage, Twitter, and Facebook
- Submit written summaries of hearings and events attended
- Letter of Reference
- Cover Letter or Personal Statement addressing the following questions:
- What is your experience with early care and education?
- What do you hope to gain from this internship?
- How will you use this experience to help your community?
Applications are due November 13, 2020.