NJ Office of the Secretary of Higher Education 

 NJ Office of the Secretary of Higher Education 

RIPPAC Internship Guide - Summer 2021



Name of Company / Association / Organization   NJ Office of the Secretary of Higher Education 


Internship Coordinator Nicole Kiorgan   

Coordinator’s Phone / Email   nicole.kirgan@ashe.nj.gov 


Location of Main Office Trenton  

# of Summer 2021 Interns Accepted Several


Where will the internship be done?


 In the main office      

Remotely (student works from home)  X       

Combo At-home & In-Office


Dates / Length of Summer Internship 

Required Hours/Week  


Is there some type of salary or stipend?  Yes 

If so, how much? $15/hr


What is the application process?  (Please include deadlines & other requirements.  Feel free to attach additional pages)


Please send resume, list of 3 references, and a cover letter expressing interest and qualifications to humanresouorces@ashe.nj.gov  .  Be sure to indicate if yiou are looking for a summer 2021 or fall 2021 internship!


For your reference list, please include your reference’s name, title, phone number, email address, as well as how you know the reference.



Intern work areas:           Clerical       Research X    Errands        Organizing


Please explain the work that will be required of the intern:  


The undergraduate student interns to conduct research, policy analysis, and assist with other special projects as needed.


The Undergraduate Internship presents a unique opportunity to have a close view of policymaking for postsecondary education at an exciting time in the State’s future, with a new administration focused on higher education as a central theme of economic success.


Interested candidates must have excellent writing skills, email and oral communication, research ability, and organization. Familiarity with New Jersey institutions and policy organizations is preferred.


The intern will be expected to adapt to and work in a fast-paced environment, being exposed to the multiple facets of a government agency, including, but not limited to, the following:


  • policy–research and idea development
  • state and federal legislative bill tracking
  • planning and facilitation
  • communications–writing and editing
  • attending meetings and/or events



Will there be opportunities for the intern to observe:


    Internal strategy sessions?     Legislative sessions?     Committee hearings? 


Is the intern expected to work evenings and weekends?  If so, please explain. 


Do you have any suggestions for the applicants? (Please use additional pages if necessary)


Though priority will be given to those seeking summer internship who apply by March 15th, students may apply after that date.