Work at SCORE

Tennessee leads the nation in its progress on advancing bold efforts to improve student achievement.

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) plays a critical role in the transformation of Tennessee public education. As a collaborative of key education leaders, we help drive increases in student learning by focusing on high academic standards, strong school and district leadership, great teaching, and the use of data to enhance teaching and learning.

SCORE is an independent, non-profit, and non-partisan advocacy and research institution, founded by former US Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist in 2009. Our offices are based at Vanderbilt University’s John Seigenthaler Center.

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Job Postings

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Here are the current openings for positions on the SCORE team:

Senior Policy Associate
The Senior Policy Associate will focus on advancing SCORE’s and Tennessee’s work to ensure all students are prepared for postsecondary education and the workforce. The Senior Policy Associate will lead SCORE’s policy efforts to propose new policy and implementation priorities related to postsecondary and career readiness, track existing efforts and the impact those efforts are having on Tennessee’s K-12, workforce, and postsecondary attainment goals. This role requires a strategic thinker with demonstrated experience in the college-access or workforce development space, an understanding of workforce needs, and relationships within the postsecondary and business communities.
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Contract Positions

Operations Coordination Consultant
This is a contracted opportunity with SCORE for a current undergraduate or graduate student to support the Office of the Commissioner at the Tennessee Department of Education.  The Operations Coordination Consultant will support the Commissioner’s efforts to connect with the public, stakeholders, teachers, and students by working with the Deputy Chief of Staff to execute high-quality meetings, events, and classroom visits and draft communications for the Commissioner’s review and approval.
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Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) Literacy Proposal Contractor
This is a contracted opportunity with SCORE to support Tennessee Department of Education educator preparation projects and initiatives. EPP Literacy Proposal Contractors will work collaboratively to review the literacy proposals for early, elementary, and special education programs.
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Graduate Fellows Program

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 in 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.

Application Information

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to

The deadlines for 2016-17 fellowships are:

  • Fall 2017 – Submit applications no later than July 28, 2017. Applicants will be notified by August 11, 2017.
  • Winter/spring 2017 – Submit applications no later than October 27, 2017. Applicants will be notified by November 3, 2017.
  • Summer 2018 – Submit applications no later than January 29, 2018. Applicants will be notified by February 19, 2018.

Undergraduate Internship

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. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but preference is given to applicants who submit before the deadline. This internship is paid.

Academic Credit

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 Internship Coordinator 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.

Internship Calendar

Fall Semester Internship: August – December (Application Deadline: August 31)

Winter/Spring Semester Internship: January – May (Application Deadline: January 5)

Summer Semester Internship: June – August (Application Deadline: April 13)

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please submit your resume and application online at