Virtual Internship (Summer 2020)

Updated 7/7/2020

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Spark Learning has openings for four (4) part-time, paid interns for Summer 2020! These positions will further students’ learning and contribute to our mission of inspiring change in child welfare systems by making learning relevant, fun, and deeply informed by the individuals who receive services. (Click here for more about our model). The internship will help students or recent graduates develop and apply skills in social science research, with a focus on community-based and participatory approaches and translating research into policy and practice settings. All interns will receive instruction and mentorship across these areas from Spark Learning’s Principal Consultant, but an individual intern’s tasks may focus on one of these domains.



Interns will work virtually with regular check-ins, and will provide their own computers or access to the Internet (which may be purchased with the sign-on bonus on or after the first day of work). Preference may be given to individuals based in the San Francisco Bay Area/Northern California and New York City. Interns are asked to commit up to 20 hours per week for eight weeks beginning in mid-July, with the option to establish a flexible work schedule. Successful interns may receive priority for future employment with Spark Learning as funding becomes available, but completion of an internship will not necessarily result in an offer of employment.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • **No prior research experience required**

  • Excellent time management, organization, attention to detail, and initiative

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to juggle multiple projects

  • Interest in learning new systems/technology. Familiarity with Google/Microsoft Office suite, Adobe Creative Suite, or web/software development a plus, but not required. Successful applicants will receive training on any software required to complete tasks.

  • High school diploma or equivalent (GED), some college preferred

  • Preference will be given to individuals with lived experience in the child welfare system


With initial training and ongoing support, responsibilities will include:

  • Attending virtual training sessions

  • Conducting literature reviews

  • Recruiting interview subjects and/or survey respondents

  • Collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data

  • Maintaining accurate records and summaries of interviews, safeguarding the confidentiality of subjects, as necessary

  • Contributing to dissemination activities, including website posts, reports, journal articles, virtual trainings, social media, etc.

  • Managing and responding to project related email and scheduling requests

  • Attending project meetings (virtually)

  • Participating in internship evaluation activities

  • Performing miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned


Compensation and Benefits:

  • Stipend: $1,500/month (paid biweekly) for 20 hours per week

  • Signing bonus: $500 on first day of work to purchase a laptop or cover any immediate needs

  • Additional benefits will support intern professional development, financial literacy, and well-being

Tasks will vary depending on projects, timelines, and intern interests. However, here is an example of a potential workweek:

  • Participate in virtual training on research methods with other interns (2-4 hours)*

  • Support planning for a client training – gathering materials, confirming participant emails, sending out reminders, and sitting in on videoconference of training session (2 hours)

  • Prepare for, listen in on, and compile summary notes from an interview with a child welfare policymaker (4 hours)*

  • Use Google Scholar and/or an academic library service to conduct literature searches about how child welfare organizations measure client experiences (4 hours)

  • Use Excel to code quantitative data for a data visualization project, get introduction to Tableau software from supervisor (4 hours)

  • Sit in on client calls and do calendar follow up (2 hours)*

  • Coaching and check-in with supervisor on task progress, career goals, and professional development (1 hour)*


* Sample activities in italics require coordinating schedules with supervisor or client.

Most activities can be completed at a time of the intern’s choosing.

Spark Learning for Organizations LLC is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer committed to fostering an antiracist working environment that identifies and addresses the structural and historical forces that entrench inequality. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance. All qualified candidates who are eligible to work in the United States will be considered. However, we are not able to sponsor visas. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified applicants with disabilities or caregiving responsibilities may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

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