New policy, advocacy, and research internship for Mississippi college students

Student Advocacy Corps 2021-2022

The Woodward Hines Education Foundation and Elucidata announce a hybrid internship opportunity for the 2021-2022 school year. WHEF and Elucidata are seeking five motivated undergraduate students with a strong interest in gaining policy, advocacy, and research experience related to higher education issues such as college access, affordability, and attainment. This opportunity is supported by a grant awarded by the National College Access Network. The internship will begin in October 2021 and continue into April 2022.

Internship Details

Over the course of the internship, students will:

  • - Gain a deeper understanding of state and federal higher education policy
  • - Co-design and implement a research project focused on college access and college success in Mississippi with support from researchers at Elucidata
  • - Gain research skills such as research design, writing, data collection, and data analysis
  • - Present research findings to relevant stakeholders such as elected officials and community members
  • - Develop policy and advocacy skills through training and education workshops
  • - Write at least one blog post on internship topics

Eligibility Details

  • - Applicants must: be currently enrolled in a Mississippi postsecondary education program; a resident of the state of Mississippi; age 18 or older; and identify as first in their family to go to college, a student of color, OR receive a Pell Grant.
  • - Adult students, students who have experienced foster care, and students who have experienced homelessness are encouraged to apply.
  • - Applicants must be able to commit 10-15 hours/month to the internship – including scheduled convenings as well as independent work.
  • - Most of the internship will be conducted virtually but occasionally there will be in-person advocacy events when necessary and safe to do so.
  • - Interns will receive a stipend of $750 and will receive reimbursements for documented expenses related to the work of the internship.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should email a resume and short answer response to Ainsley Ash at In no more than 500 words, please answer ONE of the following questions:

1) What do you think are the most significant barriers to college access and success, and why?

2) Who has been most impactful on your journey to and/or through college?

3) What are you most proud of?

Priority consideration will be given to applications received by Friday September 24th at 5pm.   

About the Woodward Hines Education Foundation WHEF is a non-profit working to help Mississippians plan and pay for college and be successful there. WHEF supports programs and grants focused on increasing college access and success that ultimately lead to meaningful employment. These initiatives have a specific focus on serving low-income, first-generation college students, or students of color – students who have historically been underrepresented in college or who have completed college at lower rates.