In 2008, Ashoka U launched as a program of Ashoka, because after three decades of working with leading social entrepreneurs (almost 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. At this stage of growth for Ashoka U, we have many crucial internship roles available. 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.
Operations and Communications Associate
The Operations and Communications Associate will have the opportunity to work deeply across all parts of Ashoka U, with mentorship and guidance from a variety of senior leaders. The candidate will play a key role Ashoka U’s major external communications channels, maintaining the financial health of Ashoka U and driving forward the team culture. The ideal candidate will be flexible, nimble, have strong Excel skills, and feel comfortable creating new systems and processes to support the growth and scale of Ashoka U. Full job description and application instructions are available here.
The Campus Partnerships Manager will support candidate colleges and universities through a complex, multi-stage selection process towards attaining the Changemaker Campus designation. Working together with the Changemaker Campus Director, the Partnerships Manager will also work to strengthen the existing Changemaker Campus network and harvest best practices in institutional change that will improve Ashoka U methodologies and knowledge products, guiding the growth of the field of social entrepreneurship education. Full job description and application instructions are available here.
Ashoka U is looking for fun, dedicated, innovative summer interns to work in the Ashoka Global office. We seek full-time interns (40 hours per week) for a minimum duration of 10 weeks. Applications are open on a rolling basis.
Ashoka U interns join the five 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.
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
- 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 Beeta Ansari, Exchange Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to reviewing your application! Unfortunately, we are not able to contact all applicants, but if we would like to invite you for an interview, we will contact you within one week of your application submission. For more information about the sorts of work that interns do, click here to download a list of our fall internship roles from the Fall of 2013.
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.