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2016 Summer Internship Opportunities

Current Quest Scholars are eligible to apply for 2016 Quest Internships. Working under close direction of a QuestBridge staff member, each intern will carry out work that supports the goals of the organization and enables the student to learn and grow. Quest Interns will have the unique opportunity to help staff prepare and host events, such as the annual QuestBridge College Admissions Conferences and the annual Quest Liaison Conference.

 

Apply by February 16 for the following positions for summer 2016:

Data & Technology Intern (Palo Alto, CA)

Student Relations Community and Education Intern (Palo Alto, CA)

Student Relations Liaison Program Development Intern (Palo Alto, CA)

Student Relations Quest for Excellence Intern (Part-time, New York, NY)

 

Internship descriptions are detailed below, with qualities and other related information for all internships listed first.

Desired Intern Qualities

  • Self-starter, with ability to self-manage and take ownership of a project.
  • Ability to thrive working on a small collaborative team.
  • Keen sense of integrity and accountability, with willingness to learn and grow.
  • Strong sense of professionalism in both the office and in the context of working with college and/or high school students.
  • Warm, positive attitude and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Resourcefulness, creativity, willingness to share ideas.
  • Strong work ethic, with attention to project goals and meeting deadlines.
  • Ability to be detail-oriented without getting lost in the details.
  • High quality standards in terms of quantitative accuracy, text editing and visual aesthetics.
  • Genuine desire to further the goals and mission of the Quest Scholars Program.

Hours & Location of Work

The Data & Technology Intern, Community and Education Intern, and Liaison Program Development Intern are full-time positions located at Quest HQ in Palo Alto, CA, near the California Avenue Caltrain station.

The Quest for Excellence Intern is a part-time position located remotely in New York, NY.

All Quest Internships will last 8-10 weeks over the summer; specific dates are flexible and will be determined based on the intern’s availability and program needs. Housing and travel stipends are not provided as part of Quest Internships. (Please note: QuestBridge will provide travel, lodging, and food for work-related events requiring travel, such as College Admissions Conferences.)

Compensation

Interns will receive $14.00 per hour for a maximum of 350 hours over 8-10 weeks.

Application Process

Submit your application by February 16, 2016.

Applicants will be notified by late February if selected for an interview. Interviews will be conducted in March by phone or Skype (unless a candidate is able to interview in person). Students who are selected as interns will be the most qualified for their internship. Please note that internships are only open to current undergraduate Quest Scholars.


Data & Technology Intern

The Data & Technology Intern will be an active member of the Data & Technology team, which focuses on the mission-critical use of data in support of QuestBridge programs and partners.

There are a number of projects in mind to unleash the potential of QuestBridge's data, and the Data & Technology Intern will have the opportunity to select among them or pitch additional ideas that would help to advance QuestBridge's mission. Once a project has been selected, the intern will work with the technical and program staff at QuestBridge to clarify the goals of their summer project, conduct the analysis, and develop a presentation.

Potential projects include:

  • Analzying student recruitment and assessment data to identify groups of students being underserved by our programs, and how to better serve them.
  • Assessing QuestBridge's effectiveness of reaching target audiences.
  • Analyzing Quest Scholar data to inform various decisions.
  • Developing a front end tool to allow staff to visualize our rich historical data without knowledge of SQL.

Desired qualifications:

  • Strong problem solving ability with a deep sense of curiosity.
  • Ability to adapt to new information.
  • Interest in learning SQL and advanced data manipulation using Excel.

Depending on the project selected, the intern would benefit from being familiar with some of the following:

  • Excel
  • Access
  • SQL
  • Data Modeling (Database design)
  • JavaScript, HTML, CSS
  • Statistics
  • Statistical modeling language like R
  • Data Mining / Machine learning 


Student Relations Community and Education Intern

The Student Relations Program Development Intern will be an active member of the Student Relations Team, which focuses on developing and growing all student-facing initiatives, including student recruitment, education, the Quest Scholars Network, and more.

This intern will be involved in developing educational resources for Quest Scholars, specifically the resources to assist incoming freshman in their transition to college. The intern will also work on building and improving the QuestBridge mentoring program and strengthening the QuestBridge community as a whole. We are looking for someone with a keen interest in community building, mentoring, and cultivating life skills. This intern will have the ability to focus on the projects that leverage his or her strengths.

Duties will include:

  • Participating in brainstorming new ways to communicate with and/or recruit students.
  • Assisting with writing and creating content for mailings, emails, and website.
  • Further developing the mentoring program for 2016-17
  • Assisting staff to plan and implement College Admissions Conferences for high school students and the Liaison Conference; attending and working at the conferences.
  • Helping develop graphic design materials, newsletters, and/or blog content.
  • Researching various resources for Quest Scholars.
  • Other tasks as needed.

Desired qualifications:

  • Desire to identify and/or build educational resources tailored to Quest Scholars.
  • High-level engagement with and knowledge of social media practices and trends, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and how to leverage these to build community.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Strong writing and editing skills.
  • Organized, with excellent time management.

Additional preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with or interest in event planning.
  • Experience with any of the following: Wordpress, Design programs, such as Adobe Illustrator or Microsoft Publisher, HTML, and marketing email platforms.


Student Relations Liaison Program Development Intern

The Student Relations Liaison Program Development Intern will be an active member of the Student Relations Team, which focuses on developing and growing all student-facing initiatives, including student recruitment, education, the Quest Scholars Network, and more.

This intern’s primary responsibility will be to assist in preparing upcoming Liaisons for success during the 2016-2017 academic year. The intern will be responsible for communicating with incoming Liaisons, creating historical documentation of each chapter's efforts (possibly through contact with the outgoing 2015-2016 Liaisons), and assisting with preparation for the Liaison Conference, to be held in early August 2016. The intern will be expected to attend and staff the Liaison Conference.

Duties will include:

  • Evaluating past Liaison Conference feedback and check-in reports.
  • Creating summary documents, program change proposals, and guidance documents based on report evaluation.
  • Managing communications and timelines involving Liaison summer responsibilities.
  • Coordinating logistics and collecting information from Liaisons in preparation for the Liaison Conference.
  • Aiding in building workshop content for the Liaison Conference.
  • Creating feedback survey content and data collection process for Liaison Conference.
  • Other tasks as needed.

Desired qualifications:

  • Ability to work both independently and on a team.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Familiarity with Excel (Microsoft Office Suite and Google) preferred.
  • Familiarity with Adobe Suite (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop) preferred.
  • Proactive and able to learn quickly (e.g. new software, web applications, or web content management).
  • Excellent organizational skills, with an ability to manage multiple tasks and long-term projects.
  • Ability to create content for and present workshop content in front of a large group of students.
  • Passion for the QuestBridge mission and a desire to strengthen the Quest Scholar community.

Student Relations Quest for Excellence Intern

The Quest for Excellence Internship is a part-time internship based in New York, NY.  This intern will be a remote member of the Student Relations Team, which focuses on developing and growing all student-facing initiatives, including student recruitment, education, the Quest Scholars Network, and more.

The intern will meet at least once a week with a local Student Relations Team staff member, work on certain projects remotely, and assist with area events, including but not limited to the Quest for Excellence NYC Award Ceremony, the NYC Networking Event, and the August day-long college trip.  If this student resides in New York, this position could potentially continue throughout the academic year.

Duties will include:

  • Supporting students from the 2016 Quest for Excellence programs.
  • Managing questions and responses for NYC-based events.
  • Fielding questions through the NYCAward@questbridge.org email.
  • Conducting research on nationwide STEM opportunities for high school students.
  • Representing QuestBridge at large local events.
  • Reviewing and organizing CBO (Community Based Organizations) and Educator database.
  • Helping create and update local newsletters and mailings.
  • Other tasks as needed.

Desired qualifications:

  • Self-motivated: ability to manage time and work independently.
  • Excellent organizational skills, with an ability to manage multiple tasks and long-term projects.
  • Desire to work and support local College Prep Scholars.
  • Experience working in schools or with CBOs.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • High level of professionalism.
  • Desire to identify and/or build educational resources tailored to Quest Scholars and high school applicants.
  • Understanding of social media practices and trends, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and how to leverage these to build community.
  • Ability to present to and field questions from a group of 20+ students.
  • Experience with or interest in event planning.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
 

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