Applications are now closed for 2014 Quest Summer Internships. Thank you if you have made a submission. We will be in touch soon.
The Quest Scholars Program is an innovative non-profit in the San Francisco Bay area with approximately 20 full-time employees. Our mission is to provide high-achieving low-income students with educational and leadership opportunities at the nation’s best colleges.
The Quest Summer Internship program is a full-time 8-10 week program that offers undergraduates the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in a professional office setting, develop their skills, gain an holistic view of a small non-profit, and meaningfully engage in the everyday work of a nationally recognized educational organization with a groundbreaking social mission.
2014 Summer Internship opportunities
Working under close direction of a staff member, each intern will carry out work that supports the goals of the organization and enables the student to learn and grow from close interaction with staff and fellow summer interns. In addition, Quest Interns will have the unique experience of helping staff prepare and host the annual QuestBridge College Admissions Conferences and/or the annual Quest Liaison Training. 2014 Quest summer internship descriptions are included 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.
- 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
This is a full-time paid position. The Quest Scholars Program’s office is located in Palo Alto, California, just one mile from Stanford University and steps away from the downtown Palo Alto Caltrain Station. Housing and travel stipends are not provided as part of this internship. (Please note: The Quest Scholars Program will provide travel, lodging, and food for work-related events requiring travel, such as College Admissions Conferences.)
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.
Interns will receive $12.00 per hour for a total of 350 hours over 8-10 weeks.
Applicants will be notified by early April if selected for an interview. Interviews will be conducted in March by phone or Skype (unless a candidate is able to interview in person).
Student Relations Communication Intern
This intern will work on the Student Relations team and be involved in our communications and outreach efforts across multi-media platforms such as emails, letters, social media, videos, and more. We have a number of projects in mind to strengthen our communication efforts, and the Student Relations intern will have the ability to focus on the projects that cater the most to his or her strength. We are looking for someone with either of the following skill sets.
The Quest Scholars Program would like to create a series of short videos that address the needs of the organization. In a digestible, fun format, these videos would help to address the following questions: who we are, who we serve, what we do, and how we do it. This person should also be able to take our existing videos and edit them as needed. Requirements include:
- High-level experience with video creating and editing video, including:
- Demonstrated experience with iMovie (we do not have Final Cut Pro).
- Experience combing through footage as well as photos and creating a narrative based on available material.
- Ability to incorporate multi-media elements into video such as text, multiple kinds of sound, photos, etc.
- Demonstrated experience with a video camera, microphone, and other related equipment.
- Ability to conceptualize and execute a video from start to finish.
Research / Marketing / Social Media
The Quest Scholars Program is looking for someone with a keen interest in marketing as well as social media. This person would be instrumental in helping to determine best practice for the organization’s communications, primarily email and social media. This person should enjoy research and learning about new techniques and trends, as well as be skilled at interpreting how those techniques and trends could help improve our processes. Requirements include:
- Strong interest in marketing and learning new marketing practices; preference will be given to a Quest Scholar who is majoring in marketing, communications, or related field.
- High-level engagement with and knowledge of social media practices and trends, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
- Excellent writing and communication skills.
- Desire to dig deep into the organization’s current practices and identify ways to improve based on heavy research (reports will be required – this will not just be based upon your suggestions and previous knowledge, though that will certainly be taken into account!).
- Proficiency or familiarity with Tumblr and/or Wordpress (or similar publishing platforms).
- Some analysis would be required; experience with data and Excel is preferred.
- Preferred: experience with any of the following: Adobe Illustrator, HTML, Joomla!, Publisher, Constant Contact or related platforms.
For either project, additional Student Relations Video and Research / Marketing / Social Media intern 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.
- Assisting staff to plan and implement College Admissions Conferences for high school students; attend and work at the conferences.
- Developing fresh ways to showcase our partner colleges to applicants.
- Corresponding with QuestBridge applicants via email and phone.
- Conducting outreach to students, educators, and organizations to encourage qualified students to apply.
- Helping develop graphic design materials, newsletters, and/or blog content.
Additional desired qualifications:
- Strong writing and editing skills.
- Organized, with excellent time management and communication.
- Experience with or interest in event planning.
Student Relations Organization Outreach Intern
The intern will work on establishing the ground work for designing an organization outreach campaign. Currently, the bulk of our recruitment efforts have been student and educator focused. As a result, we are looking to increase our organization-related outreach and create more meaningful partnerships between external organizations and QuestBridge:
Duties will include:
- Updating our existing organization database with up-to-date contact information.
- Cataloging organizations in database according to function and/or purpose.
- Designing and leading organization calling campaign to make direct contact with organization personnel.
- Helping to develop partnerships with organizations that can assist with student recruitment for our existing programs.
- Collecting information on organizations that offer select services and helping to establish partnerships with those organizations.
- Researching ideas for organization focused newsletters and/or other marketing collateral.
- Developing fresh content and format ideas for organization outreach based on research.
- Designing and developing an organization focused page for our website.
- Self-starting, energetic, and creative.
- Ability to work well independently and on a team.
- Organized, with excellent time management and communication.
- Strong written and oral communication skills, including excellent phone and email etiquette.
- Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Access).
- Ability to learn quickly (e.g., new software or basic web content management).
Student Relations Liaison Program Development Intern
This intern will assist the Student Relations team in running and creating key materials for the Liaison program, as well as on outreach and additional programs for Quest Scholars.
Duties will include:
- Managing communications and timelines involving Liaison summer responsibilities.
- Evaluating Liaison Conference feedback and check-in reports.
- Creating summary documents, program change proposals, and guidance documents based on report evaluation.
- Expanding outreach to incoming Quest Scholar freshman.
- Developing additional programming as part of the Quest Mentoring Program.
- Collecting and analyzing data on current Quest Scholars and alumni.
- Ability to work both independently and on a team.
- Strong written and oral communication skills.
- Familiarity with Microsoft Excel 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.
- Passion for the Quest Scholars Program mission and a desire to strengthen the Quest Scholar community.
Quest for Excellence New York City Award Intern
Please note: This internship is based in New York City. It is a half-time position, requiring 15-20 hours per week (which can be flexible based on your schedule) over an 8-10 week period.
The Quest for Excellence New York City Award is a new program within QuestBridge, and we seek energetic, self-starting, creative, entrepreneurial college undergraduates to help build the program in its first year. Interns will support all aspects of the Quest for Excellence New York City Award initiative. The goal of the initiative is to reach all qualified, talented, low-income high school students in New York City, and encourage them to apply to the Quest for Excellence Award--and eventually, to top U.S. colleges through the QuestBridge National College Match Program.
QuestBridge is an initiative of the Quest Scholars Program, a nonprofit organization that connects high-achieving low-income students with college admissions and scholarships (please visit our website at www.questbridge.org for more information).
Roles and Responsibilities:
- Help to develop and secure array of valuable, tangible student Awards from providers including study abroad programs, summer enrichment programs, educational materials, and others.
- Assist in development of promotional materials and press opportunities for the initiative.
- Support recruiting effort to inform all eligible New York City high school students of the Quest for Excellence opportunity, in collaboration with QuestBridge recruiting team. With QuestBridge team, build and maintain network of NYC educators, community organizations, online recruiting channels, and other recruiting channels.
- Help to run local and national events to support the Quest for Excellence NYC Award.
- Support effort to maintain ongoing relations and communications with Award Partners to keep them informed and involved in the project.
- Assist in the actual distribution and tracking of awards to students.
- Assist in developing and securing additional Quest for Excellence NYC Award Partners (individuals, corporations, private foundations, others) who will fund the awards and help to build the infrastructure of the program.
- Help to develop and execute processes by which to evaluate effectiveness and success of individual initiatives within the program, and the program as a whole.
- Self-starting, energetic, and creative.
- Organized and resourceful with limited resources.
- Comfortable and competent in using social media and web resources.
- Professional, warm, and personable communication skills with students, educators, and award partners (sponsors).
- Recognition and respect of confidential information and the ability to maintain and impartial attitude when speaking with students and partners.
- Familiarity and experience working with New York City and its high schools.
- Demonstrated interest and/or experience in working with issues related to educational access and college preparation.
- Significant skills with databases and interest in using technology to facilitate interaction and publicity.