Achieve is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit education reform organization dedicated to working with states to raise academic standards and graduation requirements, improve assessments, and strengthen accountability. Created in 1996 by a bipartisan group of governors and business leaders, Achieve is leading the effort to make college and career readiness a priority across the country so that students graduating from high school are academically prepared for postsecondary success. When states want to collaborate on education policy or practice, they come to Achieve. At the direction of 48 states, and partnering with the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, Achieve helped develop the Common Core State Standards. Twenty-six states and the National Research Council asked Achieve to manage the process to write the Next Generation Science Standards. Achieve has also served as the project manager for states in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, which are developing next generation assessments. And since 2005, Achieve has worked with state teams, governors, state education officials, postsecondary leaders and business executives to improve postsecondary preparation by aligning key policies with the demands of the real world so that all students graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills they need to fully reach their promise in college, careers and life. 

Current Opportunities for Achieve

Intern, Development & Board Relations

Opportunity Type: Internship
Description: The Intern, Development & Board Relations plays an important role by providing administrative support to the Development and Board Relations unit around a range of activities designed to foster dialogue and engagement with key members of the philanthropic and business communities.

 The Intern’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing organizational and logistical support to members of the Development & Board Relations unit.
  • Conducting in-depth prospect research for both fundraising and board of directors recruitment.
  • Assisting in developing memos, backgrounders, formal letters, and correspondence to support Achieve’s on-going board of directors recruitment and engagement efforts.
  • Assisting in compiling briefing materials for key units and senior leadership.
  • Exploring grant opportunities and assist with preparation of grant proposals and reports
  • Working with the SVP to help research and design a corporate advisory council and to support on-going meetings of Achieve’s current ad-hoc corporate advisory group.
  • Maintaining foundation, corporation and third-party advocate files.
  • Continually update and correct database records.
  • Assisting in drafting grant correspondence.
  • Data entry and other duties as assigned.










Intern, Science Initiatives

Opportunity Type: Internship
Application Deadline: ASAP
Description: Achieve’s Science Initiatives unit is offering an internship to support state work relating to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) implementation and other critical projects.

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are K-12 science standards created through a collaborative, state-led process. The standards are based on the Framework for K-12 Science Education, which was developed by the National Research Council, the staffing arm of the National Academy of Sciences, and identifies what students need to know and be able to do to be a functional citizen, which includes being scientifically literate and an effective member of the U.S. workforce.

Next Generation Science Standards 

•Support NGSS state and network activities and communications. 

•Assist with the development of science education support materials. 

•Provide analyses of key developments and share regular updates with select Achieve staff regarding the NGSS. 

•Provide planning and implementation support for online and in-person meetings, including coordinating logistics and providing on-site support. 

•Assist with maintenance of internal databases


Other Responsibilities 

•Attend report releases and other DC policy events. 

•Summarize relevant policy reports and other publications. 

•Provide general and administrative support as needed.

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