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Quest Internships


Applications for 2016 Quest Internships will be available to current undergraduate college students in early 2016.

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2015 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 Conference. 2015 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 maximum of 350 hours over 8-10 weeks.

Application Process

Quest Scholars will be notified via email each year when the application becomes available. In 2015, applicants will be notified by late February if selected for an interview. Interviews were conducted in March by phone or Skype (unless a candidate is able to interview in person). Special consideration will be given to students who qualify for federally funded work-study, although this is not required to apply. Students who are selected as interns will be the most qualified for their internship. Please note that internships are open to current undergraduate students

Partner Relations Intern

This intern will assist the Partner Relations team in supporting the colleges who partner with QuestBridge to offer educational opportunities to low-income students. The primary focus of the Partner Relations Intern will be to develop new ways to promote our partner colleges to prospective applicants. Planned projects include developing a partner college search function and a partner college viewbook. The intern will also have opportunities to develop other ideas and will be expected to work on other related projects to support the Partner Relations team.

Duties will include:

  • Researching and cataloging data about our partner colleges
  • Researching web-based technologies that would enable us to promote our colleges to a wide audience
  • Writing and creating content about our partner colleges
  • Other tasks as needed

Desired qualifications:

  • Detail-oriented with a high degree of accuracy
  • Highly organized and flexible
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Interest and enthusiasm for college admissions
  • Familiarity with HTML or Joomla! a plus

Student Relations Liaison Program Development Intern

This intern’s primary responsibility will be to assist in setting up upcoming Liaisons for success during the academic year. The intern will be responsible for communicating with Liaisons and creating outreach and/or additional programs for the Liaisons and the chapters they serve. A significant portion of the internship will include assisting with the planning of the Liaison Leadership Conference, to be held in the beginning of August 2015. The intern will be assisting with planning programs for the conference, as well as creating and collecting materials, and following up with all 35 selected Liaisons with pertinent information. The intern will also be expected to attend and staff the Liaison Leadership Conference.

Duties will include:

  • Evaluating 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
  • Building and leading a workshop at 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 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
  • Ability to create content for and present a workshop in front of a large group of students
  • Passion for the Quest Scholars Program mission and a desire to strengthen the Quest Scholar community

Student Relations Community and Education Intern

This intern will work on the Student Relations team and be involved in developing our educational resources for Quest Scholars and high school students as well as building the Quest Scholar community across all chapters. We are looking for someone with a keen interest in community building, education, and social media. This person will be instrumental in helping to determine best practices for the organization’s community building initiatives, primarily email and social media. This person should also enjoy research as he or she will be helping to create educational resources for Quest Scholars. We have a number of projects in mind to strengthen our education and community building initiatives and the Student Relations intern will have the ability to focus on the projects that cater the most to his or her strength.

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
  • Helping develop graphic design materials, newsletters, and/or blog content
  • Researching various resources for Quest Scholars
  • Other tasks as needed

We are looking for someone with the following skill set:

  • Desire to identify and/or build educational resources tailored to Quest Scholars and high school applicants
  • 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 and writing skills
  • Proficiency or familiarity with Tumblr and/or Wordpress (or similar publishing platforms)
  • Preferred: experience with any of the following: Adobe Illustrator, HTML, Joomla!, Publisher, Constant Contact or related platforms

Additional desired qualifications:

  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Organized, with excellent time management and communication
  • Experience with or interest in event planning


 QuestBridge Student Relations Data Science Intern

The intern will work on the Student Relations team using our data to better serve our students. Through our work, we have been able to retain a wealth of information about the students who have come through our programs. We have a number of projects in mind to unleash the potential of QuestBridge's data, but the Data Science 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. We strive to provide our interns with the opportunity to develop valuable skills while working on challenging and fun projects that are core to our work.

Potential projects include:

  • Development of models to identify the students most likely to benefit from QuestBridge's programs
  • Analysis of student recruitment and assessment data to identify groups of students being underserved by our programs, and how to better serve them
  • Assessment of QuestBridge's effectiveness at reaching students that are not already targeted by our partner schools
  • Development of a front end tool to allow staff to visualize our rich historical data without knowledge of SQL
  • Other tasks as needed

Desired qualifications:

  • Strong problem solving ability with a deep sense of curiosity
  • Ability to adapt to new information

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

  • Excel
  • SQL
  • Data Modeling (Database design)
  • Python
  • JavaScript, HTML, CSS
  • Statistics
  • Statistical modeling language (e.g. R, SPSS, SAS, Pandas)
  • Data Mining / Machine learning 



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