SCORE offers a fast-paced and rapid-growth work environment where collaboration, optimism, courage, innovation, and excellence are highly valued. Every position at SCORE offers team members the opportunity to support our mission of advancing student achievement in Tennessee. SCORE is based in Nashville at Vanderbilt University’s John Seigenthaler Center.
The SCORE graduate fellows program provides ambitious and dedicated graduate students an opportunity to immerse themselves in the education policy and advocacy landscape in Tennessee. Fellows will have the opportunity to become part of a dynamic organization that is deeply involved in the state’s education initiatives and is committed to ensuring success for all students. The graduate fellows make contributions to SCORE’s research, policy, and communications work.
Graduate Fellows Activities
Graduate fellowships are designed around organizational needs and fellow strengths. Fellowship experiences are designed to provide opportunities to grow fellows’ writing, presentation, and data analysis skills. During their time with SCORE, fellows generally:
- Work closely with the research, policy, and communications teams on projects pertaining to key education issues affecting Tennessee and the nation.
- Contribute research and policy recommendations for policy memos and SCORE’s annual State of Education in Tennessee report.
- Conduct research to support outreach and advocacy activities.
- Contribute original work on an education reform topic to the SCORE Sheet blog.
- Interact with state education reform leaders from government, business, philanthropy, and education.
- Transform highly technical research and data reports into fact sheets that are accessible to a general audience.
SCORE generally employs two fellows each semester to support the research and policy team. Graduate fellows work at least 20 hours and not more than 30 hours per week. Fellowships are compensated positions but are not benefits eligible. SCORE fellows must be available to work at our Nashville office. SCORE’s general hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Candidates must be strong communicators and should have experience with synthesizing academic research and analyzing data – skills that will be further developed as part of the program. Successful candidates for this fellowship are generally advanced master’s degree students or early-stage doctoral students in public policy, education policy, public affairs, and other related fields. Although not required, previous experience in education is generally preferred. In addition, potential fellows must be adaptable, comfortable working both individually and as part of a dynamic team, and dedicated to meeting project deliverable deadlines.
To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCORE’s internship program provides undergraduate students an opportunity to learn the historical context of K-12 public education in Tennessee, interact and learn from key stakeholders who are focused on improving student outcomes, and understand how policies translate into practice.
The SCORE internship program is designed for junior and senior undergraduate students and requires a minimum 15-hour commitment per week through the duration of one school semester. Interns must be available to work out of the SCORE office on the Vanderbilt University campus in Nashville.
Students may receive academic credit for their internship experience. To find out how many credit hours, please contact your school’s faculty representative.
SCORE Internship Activities
Internship experiences vary greatly from student to student based on available time commitments, interests, and project streams. SCORE’s Events and Special Projects Manager will work directly with each intern to develop a meaningful experience that meets the needs of the intern and the organization. Past support has included assisting with education policy projects, including research and writing tasks; logistical support for events; social media support; speaking with education partners; taking notes at key education meetings; and attending legislative hearings.
How to Apply