About Classroom, Inc.
What We Do
Classroom, Inc. is a philanthropically supported edtech nonprofit that helps middle school youth in high-poverty communities develop the literacy, life and career skills that are essential for success and to ensure a smooth transition to high school and beyond.
We created and launched Read to Lead in 2017, a platform offering supplemental literacy curriculum in the form of unique digital learning games set in diverse professional worlds. Our learning games, personalized pathways and curriculum empower students to take charge of their learning. Through our virtual workplace experiences, students improve reading and writing skills, apply essential 21st century skills and imagine new possibilities for themselves to achieve newfound ambitions.
Why We Do It
At Classroom, Inc. we engage middle school youth in deep learning experiences. With 28 years of research, we know our approach works. When middle school youth are given the chance to connect the dots between school and their future, immerse themselves in career exploration, and develop critical literacy and leadership skills, they are ready to bring their full potential to any opportunity they wish to pursue.
Students participating in Read to Lead programs outpace their peers in literacy gains on standardized assessments; demonstrate growth in the 21st century skills that are critical to thrive in the modern workplace such as collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving; and gain exposure to new career paths and opportunities.
Middle school educator, Kiwonda Riley, shared her students’ experience: “My students were asking questions about how businesses work, and what it takes to be a boss. On top of improving their reading comprehension, Read to Lead taught them the skills they need to be effective leaders. Students are challenged to make important decisions, preparing them for life outside of their classrooms.”
About the Position
The Development Operations & Communications Intern will work closely with the Managing Director of Development and Development Associate to support and advance the work of Classroom, Inc.’s Development Department, which raises approximately $4 million in contributions annually from foundations, corporations, and individuals. The position requires a keen attention to detail, knowledge of databases, and strong communication skills. The ideal candidate will be high-energy, have a strong commitment to the organization’s mission, and be able to prioritize a range of tasks in a fast paced environment.
- Research prospective corporate, institutional, and individual funding sources;
- Maintain and update development information in the Salesforce database;
- Support development communications and grassroots fundraising initiatives;
- Assist with preparation for donor meetings by updating research and creating briefing documents;
- Provide general administrative support for Managing Director of Development and Development Associate;
- Stay up-to-date on trends in philanthropy, education reform and edtech.
- You are a motivated college student or young professional looking to gain experience working with a nonprofit.
- You have a strong work ethic and willingness to learn.
- You are comfortable working in the Microsoft Office Suite and Google Docs.
- You are incredibly detail oriented.
- You have strong written and verbal communication skills.
- You are comfortable working both independently and as part of a team.
Hours: The Development Intern will be expected to work approximately 17-21 hours per week within normal business hours of 9:00–5:00, Monday through Friday.
Internship Type: This internship is for credit.
Application: Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter that includes estimated days and times you will be available to work to: firstname.lastname@example.org with “Development Intern” as the subject.
About Read to Lead
Read to Lead, created by the nonprofit organization, Classroom Inc., uses the power of game-based learning to empower middle school students to build literacy, life, and career skills. Teachers can sign up for a free account to get started!