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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.


We’re now hiring interns for June – August 2020! Come join us!

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.



Available Roles: 

Exchange Communications and Operations Intern (1-2 Roles Available) | 15-20 hours/wk (Washington, DC or remote)

The Exchange Operations and Communications Intern will work closely with the team to support the planning, coordination, and on-site event management of the Exchange, April 16-17, 2020 in Minneapolis, MN. As an Exchange intern, you 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. Tasks may include:

  • Assist with Exchange registration outreach
  • Assist with website support (editing, content creation, etc.) and mobile application design
  • Assist with Sponsorship support
  • Update and schedule content for the Exchange Facebook Group
  • Support pre-event communications, including drafting and editing the event program, drafting and editing communications to the senior leaders 
  • Other event preparation, such as coordinating venue needs (set-up, supplies, receptions) 


As our Exchange intern, you will have the opportunity to: 

  • Engage with thought leaders, social entrepreneurs, Ashoka Fellows, and higher ed leaders leading up to and during the conference.  
  • Participate in all Exchange after-hours activities including Screw Up Night and networking events.  
  • Airfare, accommodation, and meal budget covered by Ashoka U to attend the 2020 Exchange.  

Experience encouraged, but not required: experience developing communications, Microsoft Office,  Canva, Word Press, Dotmailer, etc.

View the full Role Description.

Think This is the Right Opportunity for You? 

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Araseli Lara by January 31, 2020Your cover letter should outline your experience, passions, and why you are interested in higher education and social impact.  

 Ashoka U will interview candidates on a rolling basis and the position can start as early as February 3, 2020. 


Changemaker Campus Research Assistant & Content Developer (1-2 Roles Available) | 20-30 hours/wk (Washington, DC or remote)

Support the Ashoka U Changemaker Campus program, through research, analysis, and content development. Your job will be to conduct research and develop content related to the need for, impact of, and leading models and practices in social innovation and changemaking in higher education. Tasks may include:

  • Conduct research and catalog studies and other evidence supporting the need for and impact of social innovation and changemaking in higher education to help make a case for “changemaking” on campus
  • Review documents and websites to identify, catalog, and/or update database of leading educational practices and ecosystem components
  • Edit, create, and/or support dissemination of educational materials (e.g., handbook, case studies, workshop or presentation slides, etc.) featuring campus practices, how-tos, and/or examples
  • Research, analyze, and segment the portfolio of Changemaker Campuses and/or their practices
  • Make website edits
  • Develop newsletter(s) and other communications
  • Conduct other research, analysis, and writing as required (e.g., higher education statistics, developments, and trends; benchmarking or best in class studies; leadership development models and programs; etc.)

Interest/experience: Keen sense of curiosity and desire to learn; strong research and analysis skills; ability to mine, document, and synthesis large amounts of data; ability to identify and communicate models, frameworks, and trends; strong written and oral communication skills; strong organizational and project management skills; competent in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Experience encouraged, but not required: experience developing communications and educational products and messages; graphic design experience with Adobe Creative Suite platforms (Illustrator and/or lnDesign), Canva, Word Press, Dotmailer, etc.

To apply, send us your:

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 at


Ashoka U Digital Marketing Associate (1 Role Available) | 15-30 hours per week (Washington, DC or Remote)

  • Create and manage content for all 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.

To apply, send us your:

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 at

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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


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.