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.


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 nine 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 a 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.

All fall roles being September 25. 

Available Roles: 

Exchange Community Management Intern | 10-15 hours per week through April 2018 (Washington, DC or Remote)

Marketplace Manager (8 – 10 hours per week)

The Marketplace is the interactive center-stage at the Exchange, where attendees will have the opportunity to network with each other, learn about concrete social innovation offerings they can take back to campus, and purchase the latest social innovation books and resources. Learn more here.

  • Co-design Innovation Marketplace w/ Exchange Team
  • Write about the Marketplace for website, outreach, etc.
  • Manage the application, selection and payment process
  • Prep selected participants
  • Manage The Marketplace volunteers.
  • In April manage The Market on site.

 Exchange Community Social Media Coordinator  (2 – 5 hours per week)

  • Update and schedule content on Facebook
  • Track questions, comments, and feedback
  • Manage outreach for members on Facebook, alongside Exchange team
  • Track Facebook analytics
  • Support media development

Interest: Detail-oriented person, strong organization skills, experience with event management and production.

Experience encouraged: managing professional Facebook groups


Changemaker Campus Selection and Knowledge Intern | 20-40 hours per week (Washington, DC or Remote)

Selection Process

  • Assist with administrative and planning aspects of conducting university Site Visits, the second phase of the transformative Changemaker Campus Selection Process.
  • Help with an update of the 360° Campus Scan Cohort, a semester-long, online, peer-to-peer learning experience with coaching from Ashoka U that helps two to three Change Leaders from a Candidate Campus assess their current ecosystem for social innovation and changemaking and build out a cohesive vision and action plan (i.e. updating NovoEd platform experience, materials and resources).
  • Help prepare Candidate Campuses for the 360° Campus Scan Cohort experience (i.e. orientation materials).

Knowledge Products

  • Assist with market research, data collection, and creation of Ashoka U knowledge products (e.g. best practice guides, webinars, etc.).
  • Further develop a database of social innovation and changemaking ecosystem components of Changemaker Campuses to unlock field-level trends and best practices in social innovation and changemaking in higher education.

Interest/experience: Knowledge management, advanced research and writing skills, communication and relationship management


Ashoka U Digital Marketing Intern | 15-30 hours per week (Washington, DC or Remote)

  • Create and manage content for Ashoka U social media channels
  • Write and contribute to Ashoka U blog and other writing and research project
  • Support team outreach campaigns as they arise

Interest/experience: website management, strong written and oral communication skills, research experience,  professional experience with social media platforms such as twitter, facebook and instagram, strong organizational skills;
Experience encouraged: graphic design experience with Adobe Creative Suite platforms (Illustrator and/or InDesign), Word Press experience, video editing, etc.


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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.