Introducing Friends of the Institute

As a tribute to Senator Kennedy's 47-year career, gifts of $47 and up recognize you as a Friend of the Institute.

About the Institute

The Senate Education Staff are responsible for assisting in the facilitation of the Institute’s award-winning Senate Immersion Module (SIM) program and other educational programs. Facilitation of the SIM involves semi-scripted role-playing during a 2.5-hour program in which students in grades 8-12 are assigned roles as Senators and tasked with constructing a piece of legislation in accordance with their assigned role’s interests. Senate Education Staff also facilitate and perform roles in the Institute’s other educational programs, including Today’s Vote, Great Senate Debates, Future Senator, and Pathways to Citizenship. Senate Education Staff may conduct interpretation and tours with school groups, adult groups, and general visitors as needed. This is a part-time per diem position with a flexible schedule.

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Primary Responsibilities

  • Perform and assist in the facilitation of the SIM program, including set-up and break-down procedures
  • Perform roles as needed in the Institute’s other educational programs, including Great Senate Debates, Today’s Vote, Future Senator, and Pathways to Citizenship
  • Ensure that the standards of excellence set by the Institute are reflected in the daily presentation of the SIM, tours, interpretation, and other programs
  • Participate in ongoing training to ensure consistent quality of performances

Qualifications and Skills

  • High school diploma or equivalency required
  • Experience working in museums or other hands-on learning environments
  • Experience working with varied audiences including students (Grades 3-12 and beyond), teachers, faculty, administrators, and state and local officials
  • Fluency in English required (fluency in other languages is a plus, but not required)
  • Strong verbal skills and ability to communicate information clearly to people of different ages, language skills, and physical abilities
  • Comfort with public speaking, role-playing, and performance; a theatrical background is helpful, but not required
  • A good work ethic, positive attitude, and ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to foster a spirit of collaboration and cooperation while working with all Institute colleagues, volunteers, and interns
  • Maintain a professional work attitude and act with the highest standards of respect and courtesy
  • Enthusiasm to educate and inspire the next generation of American leaders
  • An interest in civics, politics, and government
  • Ability to quickly adapt to shifting circumstances and conditions
  • Ability to troubleshoot issues that may arise in the course of facilitating a program
  • Comfort working in a technology-centric environment
  • Availability on weekday mornings is required (staff can expect to work 8-20 hrs a week, depending on weekly programming schedules)
  • Ability to work occasional nights and weekends as necessary
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check is required
  • Ideal Candidate
    At least 1 year of relevant work experience preferred, some of which should be in a hands-on learning environment, school setting, or working directly with students in an educational or performance setting. Previous public speaking, improvisational or theatre background is a plus.

    Please email resume and cover letter to, with the title “Senate Education Staff” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. EMK does not retain external search firms. No solicitation calls will be entertained.

    The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for The United States Senate is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.