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31 Mar 2021

Internship Political Research Fellow

murmuration – Posted by nickdoherty United States

Job Description

*This is a remote 10-week paid summer fellowship.*

About Murmuration/What We Do

Murmuration is a political strategy organization that is transforming the politics of education so that every child can benefit from equal access to equitable and high-quality public schools.

We empower campaigns, advocates, and organizers to better engage and mobilize communities to demand improvements to the public education system. We advise and support our partners in their efforts to plan and execute successful, data-driven electoral, organizing, and advocacy campaigns so that together we can transform the politics of education.  And, we build political influence, craft strategies, leverage data and develop technology that enable our partners to accelerate progress, particularly those in traditionally marginalized communities.

Who We Are

Our team includes experts and innovators in data, analytics, and strategy. We are former teachers, organizers, data scientists, nonprofit executives, political campaign veterans, and more – and we are looking for people whose passion and expertise can help improve our work and realize our vision.


Murmuration’s role is to support organizations and communities through our political systems, to raise the profile of the issue of public education such that more Americans will prioritize the needs of our students, and to leverage politics to help to create the broader context in which those on the front lines with our children can thrive. We are focused on transforming the politics of education — partnering with organizations across the country committed to organizing parents and communities around the issues of public education and educational equity, electing to office and holding accountable local leaders who will make improving public K-12 schools a priority, and advocating for policy changes with the goal of improving outcomes for children. To do this, we believe that it is critical that all of the political stakeholders– electoral organizations, advocacy and organizing groups, charter associations, networks of schools, districts, elected officials, and voters — to contribute to a strong and politically savvy education sector that works together toward a common vision of improving public education.

About the Fellowship

The Murmuration Summer Fellowship provides fellows with the unique opportunity to work closely with Murmuration teams on summer projects, while contributing to Murmuration’s mission of transforming the politics of education so that every child can benefit from equal access to equitable and high-quality public schools.

Fellows will have meaningful, productive, and engaging summer experiences, as they learn and grow with a cohort of peers. They will have the opportunity to learn more about career pathways in education, politics, and data through their project work, fellowship programming, and mentorship with Murmuration staff.

About the Position

Murmuration conducts a variety of research in service of supporting our partners and informing our programmatic work. We would like to expand the depth of research we currently conduct and ensure that our research outputs are continuing to meet the evolving needs of our partner organizations. This person will be responsible for developing a forward looking research program that will identify the types of research offerings we will provide, make recommendations on tools and platforms, and identify the ways research will work cross functionally across the organization. This work will require engaging with key internal and external stakeholders and familiarization with the types of research needs of our sector In addition to the development of this report, this person will manage and synthesize research on a range of topics related to the politics of public education. Your responsibilities will include helping to develop and manage a legislative tracking database and working closely with the team to track and analyze legislation and public policy issues. This position requires exceptional attention to detail and communication skills, with an emphasis on speed and accuracy.

Note: At Murmuration, we are committed to becoming an even more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. To this end, all staff members are expected to sit on and actively participate in DEI (diversity, equity, inclusion) subcommittees. These subcommittees work to ensure that DEI is embedded in everything we do.

Key Responsibilities

  • Development of a political research plan
  • State and local legislative and issue tracking
  • Research related to policy issues, political best practices, and related issues
  • Analysis to help translate research into actionable guidance for partners
  • Writing and organizing insights and trends for easy consumption and sharing

Who You Are

The ideal candidate will have/be:

  • Experience researching and analyzing policy, legislative actions, political best practices, and similar
  • Experience writing for different mediums (web content, blogs, social media, white papers, video, etc.) with different styles (formal, comedy, friendly, etc.)
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Able to work independently
  • Flexible and a self-starter
  • Team-oriented and collaborative
  • A strong problem-solver
  • Able to multitask and prioritize work effectively, complete projects on deadline

Location, Compensation, and Benefits

The Political Research Fellow is a full-time, hourly position. It is based anywhere in the U.S.

An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity

Murmuration is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, and national origin. We reasonably accommodate staff members and/or applicants with disabilities, provided they are otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job.

How to Apply

Please apply on our website.

Job Types: Internship. Job Tags: Education, fellowship, non-profit, political research, politics, and public education.

Job expires in 74 days.

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