Join the Ashoka U Team

In 2008, Ashoka U launched as a program of Ashoka, because after three decades of working with leading social entrepreneurs (over 3,000 in 70 countries), we realized that far more changemakers were needed to become the architects of a sustainable and flourishing society.

Will you join us to take this growing movement to the next level of influence in higher education? Ashoka U is facing immense opportunity, but we need a dream team to take advantage of them. Your contribution has the potential to leave a lasting legacy at Ashoka U.

Full Time Positions

Ashoka U is seeking entrepreneurial, mature, and experienced individuals to join our team across a variety of roles:

Exchange Manager

The Exchange is the world’s largest annual gathering for innovators transforming colleges and universities around the world into today’s hubs of social innovation. In its seventh year, the Exchange is Ashoka U’s primary tool for network gathering and awareness building with now thousands of previous attendees.

The Exchange Manager will work closely with the Exchange Associate Director to plan, organize and implement the Exchange. They will be responsible for helping project manage the many teams involved in making the Exchange a success, as well as leading many of the external facing communications platforms. We expect the Exchange Manager to be organized, resourceful, professional and able to take ownership of both strategy and operational efficiency as needed. They will join a fast-paced team of implementers and effective project managers and be immediately immersed in the worlds of higher education, social innovation, and event curation. A full job description is available here. If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to Beeta Ansari at


Growth and Partnerships Director

As the Growth and Partnerships Director, you will join our team at a critical moment as we continue to grow and expand all three Ashoka U  core programs: Changemaker Campus, the Exchange, and the Commons. To do so, the Director will develop an overarching strategy to effectively communicate Ashoka U’s system-changing goals, and results to date, to the most strategic individuals and institutions in order to change the field of higher education. In this context, we view scaling our work in terms of both breadth (reaching significantly more people) and depth (transforming relationships, structures, and systems) through a clear and focused thought leadership strategy.

The role will entail building and cultivating partnerships with higher education and social innovation networks; sharing compelling best practices for social innovation educational models in higher education and how to adapt them across different institutional types; and engaging key influencers with Ashoka U as the premier platform for social innovation in higher education.

Although this role is not specifically a sales position, the Director will work in close collaboration with the Ashoka U sub-programs to ensure that the thought leadership and outreach efforts contribute directly to specific growth (e.g. # of new Exchange attendees) and revenue targets (e.g resource sales). Your job is to make sure we are reaching the right people to move the needle in higher education as quickly, and effectively, as possible, while collaborating with Ashoka’s global team-of-teams to ensure that our messaging is aligned with Ashoka’s Everyone a Changemaker vision and partnership opportunities. A full job description is available here.

Ideal candidates will have 10+ years of relevant experience. Please send a cover letter and resume to Beeta Ansari at


Ashoka U is looking for fun, dedicated, innovative interns to work in the Ashoka Global office. We seek full-time and part-time  interns for a minimum duration of eight to ten weeks. Applications are open on a rolling basis.


Ashoka U interns join the seven Ashoka U staff as key members of the Ashoka U team. They will work closely with the team and have the opportunity to work in a highly collaborative group environment.

In addition, interns have responsibility for a specific project. Previous years, projects have included: developing PR and marketing plan for the Ashoka U Exchange, developing content for students at the Ashoka U Exchange, working on developing partnership opportunities for students to work with Ashoka Fellows, fundraising research and opportunity spotting, and designing and implementing a census for social innovation in higher education. Interns spend approximately 70% of their time on individual projects, 20% of time on Ashoka U team projects, and 10% of time on Ashoka-wide collaborations.

Interns will be located in the Ashoka Global Office in Arlington, VA (although we are willing to consider a virtual role). Unfortunately, we are unable to offer financial compensation for internships.

Fall 2016 Roles: 

Changemaker Campus Selection Knowledge Intern | 30-40 hours per week

  • Help identify high-potential colleges and universities among priority institutional types and geographic regions to pursue the Changemaker Campus designation.
  • Create a database of social innovation ecosystem components of Candidate Campuses and Changemaker Campuses

Interest/experience: research, data analysis and visualization, knowledge management, writing skills

Changemaker Campus Network Resource Intern | 30-40 hours per week

  • Assist the Changemaker Campus Network Manager to collect resources, data and key information to further key network leadership initiatives, including:
    • Course syllabi, books, articles, academic research, business cases, reports, webinars, professional development training, course content videos, connections (Ashoka fellows and partners)

Interest/experience: strong communication and writing skills, knowledge management and organization systems

Ashoka U Best Practice Curation Intern | 20-25 hours per week

  • Assist with the 2017 Ashoka U – Cordes Innovation Award selection process, including identification and collection of high quality examples of social innovation in higher education
  • Document new actionable high quality examples of social innovation in higher education and edit existing examples
  • Design campaign to share high quality examples with Ashoka U network

Interest/experience: Excellent writing skills, research and information collection

Qualified candidates:

Are you a good fit for Ashoka U? For all Ashoka U internship roles, we hope the following describes you:

  • Passion for and knowledge of higher education and social entrepreneurship
  • Excellent writer (please carefully proof-read your materials before sending!)
  • Dedicated focus on execution, while highly detail-oriented and committed to excellence
  • Empathetic and effective relationship-builder with a deep understanding of the high-value of social capital
  • A good listener who is humble and eager to learn
  • A dedicated team player, who will be resourceful and do what it takes to get any job done well
  • Previous office or professional experience preferred

Apply with:

  • Your resume
  • A cover letter describing why you are interested in higher education
  • Three specific questions you have about Ashoka U

Please send your materials to Emily Lamb, Exchange Associate Director, at

Heather Hammond Ashoka U Intern

My time as an Ashoka U intern exposed me to incredibly insightful changemakers including Ashoka Fellows, Change Leaders from Changemaker Campuses, and the amazing Ashoka U staff. Their collective passion inspired me, opened doors, and fueled my energy to make a difference not only during my time with them, but also back on my campus and in my future career.