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Student Internship - Student Coalition MAPS - (remote/part-time - Apply on website only) Sorenson Impact Center


Paid Student Internship
Benefits Eligible: No
Line Manager: Meredith Muller
Department: Impact Strategy - Student Coalition Status: Part-time (up to 20 hrs/wk)
Time Period: August 2022- April 2023
Hourly rate: $15/hr
Contact: Maria Lara,

The Sorenson Impact Center with the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah envisions a thriving world where all people are valued, communities prosper, and the measured impact of our actions guides decision making. The Center advances global impact through innovation in impact investing and finance, public policy and government spending, and corporate and social sector behavior with organizations across the globe, and utilizes world-class data science, impact storytelling and collaboration as key tools. As part of its mission to train future impact leaders, the Center integrates academic programming and experiential learning into each of its practice areas.To learn more about the Center and apply to the Student program, please visit

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States—in addition to the racial justice movements and economic downturns—the Sorenson Impact Center’s Model Analyze Prototype Share (MAPS) MAPS project had conversations with dozens of students about the changes in their higher education experiences, particularly those that showed new or exacerbated inequities in the system.
Again and again, the team heard that students didn’t feel understood by their institutions or involved enough in decision-making spaces. Sorenson Impact created the first Student Coalition on Higher Education in response to this common experience of students, bringing together a group of postsecondary students from across the nation. Throughout its first year and second year, the Student Coalition met with industry professionals, led conversations with fellow students, conducted research, and more, all with the aim of driving student-equity-centricity in the future of higher education.
The Sorenson Impact Center is looking for student interns to work in the Student Coalition in the Model Analyze Prototype Share (MAPS) Project, as it continues into its third year the group will build upon the key work already begun, focusing on centering and empowering students in the story of higher education by understanding student experiences, amplifying student voices, and leveraging student expertise.

Working alongside MAPS research-to-practice and strategic communications teams, three (3) Student Interns with the Student Coalition will play a key role in:
  • ● engaging with administrators and fellow students by planning and executing targeted conversations, convenings, and more
  • ● critically analyzing external engagement, current events, and more to develop student-equity-centric insight
  • ● translating quantitative and qualitative findings into practical information and field thought leadership for higher education decision-makers
  • ● strategically disseminating knowledge to higher education leaders seeking to drive change
  • ● writing strategic communication content to provide the higher ed industry with a student voice(s)
  • ● Current enrollment in a postsecondary program within the U.S.
  • ● Dedication to equitable student success
  • ● Strong attention to detail
  • ● Able to juggle multiple projects at a time
  • ● Strong communication skills, including verbal and written
  • ● Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • ● Desire to build and cultivate strong relationships
  • ● Reliable and consistent participation and contribution
  • Students that have the following background or skills may receive deeper consideration, but these are not required skills or qualifications.
  • ● Knowledge of social media and communication materials such as (press releases, newsletters, reports, and white papers)
  • ● Background in writing public facing reports, op-eds, and other thought provoking communication content
  • ● Background in research and landscape analysis that has led to product development or enhancement
  • ● Familiarity with with data practices and terminology and the ability to create verbal or written content to the general public

*The dynamic nature of work means the student experience becomes more valuable with deeper levels of engagement. To facilitate this experience, students are expected to commit to working 15-20 hours per week for a minimum of two semesters (continuation beyond the first semester is dependent upon meeting the appropriate level of performance).
**The Sorenson Impact Center strongly encourages diverse applicants (please circulate widely), especially those who self-identify as Black, Native or Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQIA+, non-binary, living with disabilities, neurodivergent, young, speak English as a second language, and others from overlooked / underestimated communities.
*** Due to legal restrictions regarding student employment under certain Visa statuses, Sorenson Impact can not guarantee our ability to pay international students. For international students potentially selected, we commit to working with you and your institution to determine our ability to adequately compensate you for your time and energy. Please reach out with any questions.Impact can not guarantee our ability to pay international students. For international students potentially selected, we commit to working with you and your institution to determine our ability to adequately compensate you for your time and energy. Please reach out with any questions.