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Student Intern — Office of Special Education Planning & Policy Development

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)'s Office of Special Education Planning & Policy Development (SEPP) is seeking an unpaid student intern. The focus of the intern's work will be on secondary transition services for students with disabilities.

Interns will be considered and accepted on a rolling basis for Spring 2019, Summer 2019, Fall 2019, and/or Spring 2020.

DESE's Office of Special Education Planning and Policy Development

The Office of Special Education Planning and Policy Development (SEPP) develops, models, and disseminates best practices in special education; supports effective compliance with special education law by school districts to improve outcomes for students with disabilities; engages in focused and strategic planning and use of special education funds; promotes communication and collaboration among all stakeholders; and increases public knowledge regarding special education and students with disabilities.

Job Description

DESE's Office of Special Education Planning and Policy is seeking an undergraduate or graduate student intern who is interested in developing skills and learning about state policy and strategies to advance positive outcomes for students receiving special education services. The focus of the intern's work will be on secondary transition.

The intern position will entail between 10–15 hours weekly in DESE's Malden office and will report directly to the DESE Secondary Transition Coordinator. This is an unpaid position for which the candidate may arrange to receive credit through their college or university program. Candidates from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Sample Duties

  • Review, revise, and redesign secondary transition web pages to update and improve content and appearance
  • Draft or edit content for various writing projects specific to special education and secondary transition such as materials for the IEP Improvement Project, e-newsletters, guidance, online resources, stakeholder email communication, etc.
  • Research and compile secondary transition best practices and resources
  • Assist to draft scope and sequence for online professional development course(s) for educators
  • Provide support to Secondary Transition Coordinator on cross-agency projects
  • Organize and co-coordinate meetings for special education stakeholders
  • Assist in Indicator 14 data collection

Specific duties will be assigned based on office need and intern's background and skills.

Skillset Development

  • Writing, editing, and formatting skills for web and print
  • Policy, procedural, and regulatory knowledge and application
  • Organizational and research skills
  • Professional communication and collaboration in a state agency environment

Requirements

The successful candidate will be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in education or a related field and will have a demonstrated superior academic record, excellent writing, speaking, and research skills, ability to think analytically, and proficiency with Microsoft office software. Preferred qualifications include a background and/or experience with special education, specifically secondary transition, and an interest in learning firsthand about the work of a state agency office. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, highly organized, and passionate about equity and improving outcomes for students with disabilities. Candidates from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions

Please email your cover letter and resume to: InternOpportunities@doe.mass.edu.

If you have further questions about this job posting, please contact Dawn DeRoche at (781) 338-6101 or dderoche@doe.mass.edu.

 
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