Effective Practice Intern

Effective Practice Intern

Effective Practice Intern

As part of NHSA’s Effective Practice team, interns will help NHSA with a large portfolio of work focused on directly supporting Head Start practitioners. Effective Practice interns will have the opportunity to see the breadth of work that goes on in this team; but even better, interns will get the unique experience of getting to “own” a specific project throughout their time with us. These internships are designed to develop your skills and experience through work on this specific project, while also allowing you to learn what it’s like to work at a national non-profit and to explore other areas of interest in the organization.

The following list contains just a few of the possible projects that you could own as an Effective Practice intern. However, we’re also very interested in learning what your interests and skills are and have plenty of ideas not listed here.

The Academy:

The Academy is Head Start’s home for professional learning, and NHSA is in the process of developing several credentials, micro-credentials, and other learning opportunities to meet the professional development needs of the more than 275,000 Head Start staff nationwide. Interns interested in project management and content development (in any of the major areas of the Head Start model: education, family engagement, health, etc.) could play a pivotal role in building out these learning opportunities.

Parent Engagement:

NHSA has developed a web-based tool called Parent Gauge that programs can use to measure the experience of the parents they serve and the impact of their program's family engagement efforts. The tool has been active for 3 years and users have completed more than 100,000 interviews with the families they serve. This project is a great opportunity for students with an interest in marketing and communications to test out their skills in developing and implementing a new marketing and engagement plan. Other possible projects in this area include building a training and professional development plan from the ground up or running data analyses on the 100,000+ national interviews.

Data Design Initiative:

The Data Design Initiative is a collection of more than a dozen projects at NHSA that aim to make it easier for Head Start programs to use data to inform their practice. These projects run the gamut from writing up use cases for the Data Analytics Playbook, to analyzing multiples years of national administrative data, to building a data connection between Head Start and K-12 schools. Candidates can review the most recent Progress Update to identify the projects that may interest them and develop their specific skills and interests.


Join the team!

To apply for an internship at the National Head Start Association, please review our open internships below and email a resume and cover letter to jobs@nhsa.org.