Second largest in the nation, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) enrolls more than 640,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, at over 900 schools, and 187 public charter schools. The District covers an area totaling 710 square miles, which include the City of Los Angeles, along with all or portions of 26 cities and unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.
In all, 80% of the District’s students are on free and reduced lunch. Ten languages other than English are taught in Los Angeles Unified schools. The District has 157,619 students who are learning to speak English proficiently. Their primary languages are Spanish (92.5percent of English learners), Armenian (1.1 percent), Korean (1 percent) Tagalog, Cantonese, Arabic, Vietnamese and Russian, each accounting for less than 1 percent of total. The District also has more than 7,000 foster care students.
The Superintendent is responsible for executing the policy vision set by an elected Board of Education to create the conditions for success for all students. They manage the district’s day-to-day operations and oversee more than 2,400 administrators, 26,000 teachers, and 31,000 employees. They are also in charge of crafting the district’s $7.5 billion dollar operating budget, of the largest budgets for a government agency in Southern California.
The Superintendent’s Office seeks an intern to work as part of the senior team at Los Angeles Unified. The intern will be exposed to a wide range of LAUSD senior leaders, elected officials, business representatives, philanthropic leaders, professional sports teams, and other local stakeholders. They will contribute to strategic projects that aim to take the skills they have learned in the classroom utilize them on mission-critical tasks. These tasks will include stakeholder management, budget and policy development, strategic communications, grantwriting, and operations management. The intern will also be expected to represent the Office of the Superintendent in a variety of settings.
The intern will have opportunities to shadow senior leaders in meetings, attend events, and engage in other learning experiences that offer insight into kindergarten through grade 12 policymaking, along with practical experience to make an impact in education. In addition, they will develop a strategic network with education and civic leaders.
- Strong work ethic
- Demonstrated interpersonal communication
- Effective stakeholder engagement
- Creative problem-solving
- Clear presentation skills
- Strong speaking, writing, analytical, and organizational skills
- Self-starting and independent working abilities
- Productive in a fast-paced, environment