Position Type: Non-Profit Internship in Cambridge, MA

Do you want to work with an innovative nonprofit doing some of the most exciting educational, health care, and capacity-building work in the country? If so, the Right Question Institute, a small non-profit in Cambridge, MA, is offering a limited number of internships for summer 2013, for students eager to work hard, learn a lot, and contribute to our efforts.

The mission of the Right Question Institute (RQI) is to make it possible for all people, no matter their level of literacy or income, to learn to ask better questions, think for themselves, and participate effectively in decisions.

Interns at RQI will have general responsibilities that include work in communications, organizational development, internal research, and office support. In addition, interns will provide support in one of the following areas:

Health Care: RQI has developed and implemented an evidence-based strategy that promotes effective patient activation. We are currently working with healthcare providers to integrate that strategy into their ongoing work with patients. Interns will help us in various aspects of our work in health care, including research, evaluation, documentation, and communications to potential partners working in low-income communities, as well as preparing for seminars for health care providers. Experience in direct service work or health education is highly recommended.

Education: Our recently published book, Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions (Harvard Education Press), offers teachers a simple and powerful methodology for building students’ critical thinking skills. Interns in education will help us to disseminate this exciting new innovation in education and classroom practice, working to document the use of the strategy around the country, support classroom adoption, and provide programmatic support for our educator network. Interns will also provide logistical support for our summer workshops for teachers interested in learning how to put our strategy to use in the classroom.

Microdemocracy: RQI works towards a vision of Microdemocracy – where the millions of encounters low-income people have each year with public agencies are used as opportunities to build core skills that are essential for self-advocacy and democratic participation. Interns in this area will research the experience of low-income people and service workers in public agencies and provide programmatic support for workshops in the field.

Social Media: RQI is committed to broad dissemination of its educational strategy. Social media interns will assist with helping us implement a web-based dissemination plan. This internship could be compelling for students interested in the potential for social media to effect change, web marketing, brand management, behavioral marketing and social entrepreneurship. Experience with social media tools is required.

Requirements (Essential):

  • Organized and self-motivated, able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Computer expertise (Google Suite, PowerPoint, Excel, Word and comfortable with new applications)

Additional skills or experience:

  • Independent research skills to take on short and long-term projects
  • Office and program support skills (organization, documentation, general support)
  • Experience with graphic design, social media tools (Facebook, Twitter, blogs, RSS,
  • Comfortable communicating with partners around the country

Funding: RQI is a non-profit with limited resources. These positions are unpaid; however, we encourage interns to tap either work-study funds or summer stipends from their colleges to support their work with us.

Instructions: Please submit to 1) your resume and 2) a brief cover letter, referencing your interest in the position and an example of how your prior experience will be helpful in the position’s role. Please indicate your position of interest in the email subject heading.

Deadline: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please be aware, however, that the application process is competitive and it is advisable that you submit your application materials as soon as possible.

Note: No phone calls please. All applications are considered and will be acknowledged. Candidates that make it to the next round will be contacted to schedule a phone interview.