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Temporary Summer Internship: Community Engagement

at ACT in Iowa City, IA

ACT is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides a broad array of assessment, research, information, and program management solutions in the areas of education and workforce development. Each year, ACT serves millions of people in high schools, colleges, professional associations, businesses, and government agencies—nationally and internationally.

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Position objective:

The intern will serve as a Community Engagement Intern and gain experience in one or more of the following areas: Internal/External networking, Content Analysis, Co-Branding initiatives and Social and Economic Impact analysis.

Typical work-related activities including but not limited to the following:

Create effective draft materials drawn from multiple sources for use in our annual Conditions of College and Career Readiness reports
Organize, analyze, synthesize, and categorize information from multiple sources in order to identify and describe effective/best practices to improve education and workplace success for underserved learners
Assist in the coordination and development of special strategic programs including but not limited to: MLK Annual Event, Black Greek Devine 9 student initiative, and Corporate Volunteer activities
Brainstorm and develop strategic written material to describe the mission, role, and impact of the Office for the Advancement of Underserved Learners to various ACT internal and external stakeholders
Collaborate with Research, Brand Experience, Talent Strategy, and various ACT colleagues to improve personal development initiatives along with supporting material targeted towards underserved learners and organizations that guide, mentor, and/or advocate for underserved learners
Create presentation materials and PowerPoint slides to present information about various Underserved Learner projects
In consultation with internal colleagues and external contacts, develop a strategy to identify and gather relevant data from various states targeting demographic information to be used for strategy planning
Assist in the coordination of efforts that reflect the diverse human experience and that are appropriate for potential inclusion in ACT test materials
Shadow internal staff to grasp ACT objectives and confirm and/or clarify open tasks for follow up
Participate in team meetings and contribute to the successful completion of various projects and events
Define and keep timeline to complete documentation of all processes for future use in serving USL students
Assist in the planning and continual development of our volunteer services program along with aiding in the tracking and measuring of our social impact data
Provide visual project status updates to responsible staff
Maintain a high level of confidentiality regarding corporate and department information



Master’s degree in English, Social Sciences or Education required
PhD candidate preferred but not required


Experience in higher education, research and/or multicultural affairs activity is preferred


Applicants must possess a driving passion to work with a continuum of stakeholders to support low-income, first generation, ELL/recent immigration, Hispanic/Latino, African American/Black, Asian American & Pacific Islander, American Indian, Alaska Native & Native Hawaiian, “at risk”/off-track for college and career readiness, special needs, and veterans who are striving to gain competencies to raise their trajectory of life and career success
Effective organizational and interpersonal skills required, including:
Strong written and verbal communication
Strong analytical and problem solving skills
Ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities across multiple projects

Completion of the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate is recommended. Find a testing site near you to register for the WorkKeys assessments. Finalists for this position will be subject to a pre-employment criminal background check as a condition of employment.

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