Program & Education Associate (Unpaid Internship)

Creative Reaction Lab is currently accepting applications for our Program and Education Associateship program.

Creative Reaction Lab seeks to eradicate inequity and oppression experienced by Black and Latinx people through design, entrepreneurship, community organizing and leadership, and intrapreneurship to transform the media, education, health/healthcare, and government/public service sectors. To create systems-wide change, we’re taking two approaches: 1) creating a collaborative youth-led, community-centered movement challenging racial inequities, and 2) transforming the ways that individuals and institutions approach design and decision-making through what we call Equity-Centered Community Design.

As part of a small organization, Associates gain invaluable insight into the day-to-day workings of a social enterprise challenging racial injustices and disparities using creative problem solving.

Each Associateship is designed to challenge the candidate in their particular area(s) of interest through dedicated research and practice. Associates also lend support to the daily needs and greater goals of the organization. Participation in this program is on a volunteer basis, and great attention is paid to ensure a high quality experience for all Associates. For those seeking academic credit, the necessary documents must be supplied prior to the start of the Associateship term. Each participant receives one-on-one mentoring and preparation for the next step in their career. All applicants should have a personal laptop to use during Associateship.


To apply for an Associateship, please send a resume and letter of intent describing your background, position of interest, goals and availability to Please include “Program and Education Associateship” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


The program generally follows the university semester schedule, while the exact terms are considered case-by-case and determined by the Associate and their supervisor. All Associateships are a minimum of ten hours per week during the regular work week (Monday – Friday). Associateships may include evening and weekend hours, as determined on a case-by-case basis. Dependent on time, the Program and Education Associate may co-facilitate workshops and trainings.


Program Planning, Facilitation, and CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT:

Support the planning, co-facilitation, and evaluation of Creative Reaction Lab's youth programming, including the Design to Better [Our Community] Program and the Community Design Apprenticeship Program. 

Support the curriculum development of Creative Reaction Lab's youth programming. This includes, but is not limited to: identifying learning objectives, preparing session slide decks, selecting and modifying session activities.

Support the collection and maintenance of resources (articles, videos, etc.) to include in program curricula.


Support the development of content for the Equity-Centered Community Design Resource Guide and Workbook.

Manage the collection of external content submissions (including case studies) for the Equity-Centered Community Design Resource Guide and Workbook.


Support the recruitment, outreach, and admissions efforts for Creative Reaction Lab programming. Support includes: direct community and campus outreach, collecting applications, reviewing applications, and managing applicant communications.


Coordinate consistent digital communications with Creative Reaction Lab’s network.

Support the moderation of the Equity-Centered Community Design Slack channel.

Gather ongoing input and feedback from network members and Slack channel members about member goals, needs, and desires for network participation.


Support the recruitment of volunteers and community partners for youth programs. This includes but is not limited to: Local Advisory Council members, photographers and videographers, and guest speakers.

Support the implementation of pre-program and post-program evaluations through survey design and data entry.

Support the design, implementation, and data entry of evaluation and assessment tools to use during programming, such as exit tickets and observational rubrics.

Conduct market research as needed.


Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Ability to give and receive constructive feedback.

Ability to take initiative and to work both independently and cooperatively with other team members in a creative, fast-paced environment.

Experience co-facilitating school-based or community-based youth programming.

Experience working with youth of color, specifically Black and/or Latinx youth.

Experience working on on Mac and PC platforms.

Experience using Google Suite products (Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms) and Microsoft Office Suite products (Word, PowerPoint, Excel.)

Experience with any of the following products and platforms preferred: Basecamp, Slack, Typeform, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required.

Creative Reaction Lab is committed to a policy of Equal Employment and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, creed, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, physical or mental handicap or disability, medical condition, pregnancy, familial status, caregiver status, veteran’s status.