Join our Volunteer Writing, Editing & Research Team:
enScholar is a startup EdTech non-profit that creates free online career tools for high school students. Our vision is to help young people lead more meaningful, fulfilling lives by enabling better career decisions. We've helped students from over 20 countries find their paths, and we're looking to expand further.
We've recently launched TryIt, a place for students to find STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning experiences. We find the best online resources (videos, workshops, tools) and local opportunities (volunteer jobs, events, conferences) related to a student’s interests and career prospects. We help teens make better decisions about college/careers – building their knowledge (and resumes) through gaining relevant experience. Our goal is to create a global community of students who are exploring, sharing, and engaging in the best resources and opportunities available to youth.
An early release of TryIt (https://try.enscholar.com) has been built and is being beta tested with students in Metro Vancouver. We are now focussing on building up a database of high-quality experiences and are working with organizations such as NASA, FutureLearn, CreativeLive, Envato, and many others to feature micro-experiences.
About this Position:
- Hunting down the best experiences and resources for youth (we're starting with STEM-related experiences, but will expanding in the future).
- Writing up short, concise posts about the experience to be featured on the site.
- Ensuring only the highest quality posts are posted on the live site.
- (Possibly) writing and/or editing content for the blog.enscholar.com, facebook, and twitter pages.
- Excellent written communication (including proper grammar).
- An ability to relate to our users (high school students) in a writing style that is fun, but professional.
- A high level of responsibility and professionalism to meet your weekly goals and deadlines.
- Existing examples of your written work (published or not).
We typically have at least one hour-long, online team meeting each week that we highly recommend attending. Team meetings are an important time for us to talk about our overall direction, updates, and new TryIt features; it's also a great chance to connect all of the volunteers. See the application (below) for current team meeting times. If you are unable to make these meetings, please indicate it on your application form.
Time Commitment (Please specify on your application):
Half-time (20+ hours per week, minimum 3 months): You'll take on a real management role as part of our Core Team. You'll take responsibility for members of your group, building leadership capacity quickly by running meetings and training your group members (don't worry, we'll train you first).
Part-time (4-6 hours per week, minimum 3 months): You'll be contributing to your group on a weekly basis and be responsible for meeting the goals set by you and your group leader.
Short on time, but still want to contribute? Apply for an Ambassador position.
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How will this role benefit you?
We look for people who are driven by our vision, and who are willing to work hard to achieve it.
If our mission resonates with you, everything else is icing on the cake. But since everyone likes a little icing, here are some additional benefits to volunteering with enScholar:
● You'll work with a values-oriented team that's committed to one thing: Helping students lead more fulfilling lives through making better career decisions.
● You'll be part of building an innovative technology nonprofit and learn the ins and outs of how a real startup organization operates.
● You'll have a flexible schedule and the ability to work from home and/or your favourite cafe.
● You'll gain experience and build your personal portfolio of work in a way that is highly visible to future employers.
● We'll provide you with a reference letter to attest to your contribution after 12 weeks.
● You'll build your network through volunteering with people from around the world who are interested in education, technology startups, and youth-development.
Required Skills & Abilities:
If you're a student or recent grad, we don't expect you to have a boatload of experience. What we do expect are the following:
● Alignment with our vision: We're a non-profit with a clear goal in mind. It's what drives us to do what we do. If you're genuinely excited about promoting our vision to others, we want to talk to you!
● Ability to communicate effectively: You'll spend a lot of time writing and editing, but also communicating with your team. It's important to be highly responsive and clear in your communications, given that your team will be made up of people from around the world.
● Ability to write and edit professional-level work: Much of your communication will happen via email. This means you'll need to know about proper business email etiquette and have excellent spelling and grammar. Your emails have the potential to make or break key relationships, so an attention to detail is essential.
● The drive to get things done: We're driven by our values and by achievement, not pride. We work hard and we play hard. Even though this is a volunteer role, we expect a lot from you, and hope that you'll expect a lot from us in return. If you're ready to push yourself, and get better in the process, let's chat.
...and last but not least,
● Have a great attitude: We can't stress this enough. We've got a 'no jerks' policy, so you're guaranteed to work with great people. You've got to be willing to learn, try new things, and take constructive criticism. We're not looking to accommodate seasoned pros, we're looking to develop future leaders.
Bonus: If you have experience with photography and/or design, let us know.
Interested? First, check out https://try.enscholar.com, and sign up for a free enScholar volunteer account at enScholar.com. Try our tools out for yourself. This is a great way for you to learn about what we've created, and for us to find out more about your personal interests, strengths, and values, so take your time to complete the reflection sections.
Ready to apply? Fill out our Volunteer Application Form. Please only submit one form and specify up to three preferred positions. We receive hundreds of applications, so please be patient as we review your information.
We look forward to hearing from you!