Careers at ACT
Your Work Makes a Difference at ACT
ACT team members are part of an organization dedicated to an important mission: Helping people achieve education and workplace success. We offer career opportunities at every experience level and are looking for people to join our team who are passionate about making a difference!
Life at ACT
Help us create a world where everyone can discover and fulfill their potential.Our mission is to help people achieve education and workplace success, and that includes you.
We believe that equity in education and learning can deliver success on an unlimited scale. The enthusiasm for this challenging, rewarding, and essential work is unwavering among our team members. As a purpose-led, nonprofit organization with an important mission, we are big enough to effect real change - yet small and flexible enough for you to personally have an impact.
We are evolving our organization while staying true to the strong foundations on which we were built over 60 years ago. Our research informs and inspires us, and we apply it to real world issues, using technology and ingenuity to unlock opportunities to meet the changing needs of those we serve.
I love the diversity that ACT offers. Being able to learn something new, along with putting the pieces of the puzzle together is so awesome! At that point, I know that I have helped our customers succeed and this is our mission here at ACT.
– Vickie Lee
Benefits & Well-Being
ACT provides options designed to empower team members to improve their health, happiness, and overall state of well-being. We are proud to provide all team members with a wealth of resources, updates, tips and more to support the "whole person."
Our outstanding benefits package includes medical, dental, and vision coverage, generous holidays and paid time off, retirement benefits, tuition reimbursement, and so much more.
Comprehensive Health Plans
Medical, dental, and vision insurance, flexible spending accounts
Unlimited and free access to LinkedIn Learning and curated career development resources
Life assistance program, caregiving program, wellness center, health & nutrition
Free ACT, tuition reimbursement, 529 college savings contribution
403B with company match plus a non-elective contribution
Flexible Work Arrangements
Opportunity to work on campus, hybrid, or remote
Options to work part-time or full-time
Generous Time Off
Up to 6 weeks PTO per year, separate leave time for parental leave, family caregiver leave, and
Financial & Legal
Financial wellness program, legal insurance and identity theft protection
Together, deliver on ACT’s mission and North Star. Open doors to increase equity, access, and success.
Listen to those you serve, learn about their needs and how we can help. Be nimble. Take the lead and seek to be led. Build and maintain their trust. Delight our customers.
Use data and insight to continuously improve, innovate, and create sustainable value. Move swiftly with a relentless sense of urgency. Create confidence in our solutions and success in our delivery. Be accountable, trust others, and know when to step back and cheer them on.
Be All in to
Embrace your own power to create opportunities for others to thrive. Be passionate and persevere, come with solutions, and hold up the bridge to get it done.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
ACT team members are located across the U.S. and bring invaluable multiculturalism and thought diversity that informs and enriches all that we do.
ACT is as much a champion for equity, access, and success for our team members as we are for education and the workforce. We aim to provide an environment where team members are appreciated for their work and contributions. We are advocates for each other and are actively exploring more ways to capture diverse perspectives and experiences.
We are continually seeking to create a more diverse and inclusive set of voices internally, to ensure that we are better able to understand and address the needs of all students, educators, and the wider workforce – particularly the underserved. This is how our team members have real world impact.
Student Programs at ACT
Our mission of helping people achieve education and workplace success aligns perfectly to our internship opportunities. We believe our internship program is a great opportunity to help students gain the knowledge and experience they will need when entering the workforce for the first time because it is dedicated to projects that align the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for work in their field of study.
In addition to a more traditional summer internship program, ACT offers non-traditional internships. Some of those opportunities have included partnering with the University of Iowa REACH program for students with intellectual and cognitive disabilities, Kirkwood’s Creating Futures Program for young adults and their Workplace Learning Connections for high school students.
ACT has also partnered with the Iowa STEM Teacher Externships program by hosting a teacher from our community. For 5-6 weeks in the summer the teacher applies classroom content to projects. We benefited from a skilled, motivated worker and the teacher benefited by seeing how their content is applied in the “real world,” bringing relevance to their classroom, and learning career opportunities for their students.
Summer Internship Program
Helping people achieve success starts right on our own campus.
We support students in their transition to the workforce by providing hands-on experience through our annual internship program.
The program allows graduate and undergraduate students to work in their field and potentially gain full-time employment based on performance and ACT organization growth.
- Undergraduate: open to juniors or seniors
- Graduate: must show completion of advanced coursework in area of study
- Grade point average must be 2.8 or above on a 4.0 scale
- Demonstrate leadership capabilities
- Exhibit excellence in and motivation for learning
- Embrace empowerment and innovation
- Support diversity of people and ideas
- Value and respond to the needs of the customer
- Top 100 Internship Programs 2019
- Competitively paid 10-week internship
- Meaningful projects with dedicated mentors
- Professional development opportunities
- Summer Fridays allow for fun group outings
- Creative Class ranked Iowa City as a second “best Cities for College Grads”
- Workforce Award from the Corridor Business Journal in the Best Internship Program for College Students Category.
Freelance Development Opportunities
ACT, Inc. works closely with educators and practitioners on development, delivery, and review projects spanning a range of disciplines and a continuum of customers (e.g., K–12, postsecondary, workforce). External experts support multiple dimensions of ACT assessment and learning products and services, including both content and fairness consulting.
Join the ACT Talent Community
We are always looking for great talent. Stay connected by signing up – just upload your resume, tell us about your interests and create a profile.
We will keep you updated on new opportunities as they become available.
ACT Diversity and Inclusion Policies, Notices and Other Information
ACT’s managers actively recruit, hire, train, retain, and promote employees on the basis of their qualifications and without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
ACT is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled.
- Notice of Availability of Affirmative Action Plan (AAP)(PDF)
- Pay Transparency Notice (PDF)
- State of Ohio Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy Statement (PDF)
Applicants have rights under Federal Employment Laws.
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) (PDF)
- Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Know Your Rights (PDF)
- Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) (PDF)