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SCORE Undergraduate Internship Application


Undergraduate Internship Program

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE)  is an independent, non-profit, and non-partisan advocacy and research institution, founded by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist in 2009. Our offices are based at Vanderbilt University’s John Seigenthaler Center.

SCORE believes three components are essential to achieving Tennessee’s student achievement goals.

1. Empowering People: Every classroom, school, and district must be led by passionate and effective teachers, principals, and superintendents. This requires Tennessee to better recruit, develop, and retain high-quality educators. These great people, in turn, need to feel equipped and empowered to engage with their communities to advocate for what they need to drive student success.

2. Insisting on High Expectations: Rigorous standards, accompanied by aligned, high-quality assessments, set the clear expectation that all Tennessee students are capable of high levels of achievement. High expectations set the foundation for all the progress we can make as a state.

3. Fostering a Culture of Innovation: A culture of innovation must extend from the system level through each school and classroom. The policies and resources that govern schools must create an environment where innovation can thrive. Educators must seek new ideas and embrace successful models wherever they are found.
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 that 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 of 15 hour commitment per week through the duration of one school semester. 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.

Time Frame
Fall Semester Internship: August – December (Application Deadline: August 31)
Spring Semester Internship: January – May (Application Deadline: January 5)
Summer Semester Internship: May/June – August (Application Deadline: April 13)

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.