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The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits working on public policy issues affecting low-income families and individuals. It has a national reputation for conducting rigorous research and analysis, developing policy ideas and strategies, shaping a broad array of policy debates at the federal and state levels, and influencing policy outcomes. It works on budget and tax policy, health care, and a range of programs important to low-income people. The Center’s funding comes from private foundations and individuals.
The State Fiscal Project (SFP) works to ensure that all communities are economically secure and all people have the opportunity to thrive through responsible state tax and budget policies. In addition, SFP coordinates and supports the State Priorities Partnership, a network of 43 state-level organizations engaged in state fiscal policy work and helps state partners in the network and beyond engage in federal policy debates.
The SFP Outreach and Campaigns Team supports the advocacy and campaign strategies of groups in the State Priorities Partnership, including helping them build coalitions, educate policymakers and the public, and shape the public debate on key budget, tax, and safety net issues.
Outreach interns play a critical role in this work. Interns research, track, and provide background summaries on key state and federal policy action; attend and report on meetings of partners, allies, and other related organizations; and complete other special projects.
- Education: Current undergraduate students or recent graduates with BA/BS
- Preference will be given to students with academic or professional experience in political science, government, history, politics, policy, social work, or related disciplines
- Prior experience in political or issue-area campaigns, advocacy, or state government highly desired but not required
- Strong interest in CBPP's mission and the issues we work on; interest in community engagement, politics, and social change; and a desire to gain issue campaign and/or advocacy experience
- Strong writing, research, organizational skills; attention to detail; and ability to work independently and meet deadlines
- Demonstrated interest in economic and/or racial equity and the role of public policy in achieving greater equity
Application deadline: February 1, 2020
Summer 2020 internship start dates: May 26, 2020 and June 1, 2020
- Doctoral students may receive between $16.00 - $19.00, depending on progress towards completion of degree requirements, relevant coursework, and research.
- Students with a master’s or law degree receive $17.00 per hour.
- Graduate students receive $16.00 per hour.
- Students with a bachelor's degree receive $15.00 per hour.
- Undergraduate students receive $14.00 per hour.
International students are welcome to apply. The Center does not provide financial sponsorship for visas or work permits. You must have documentation of work authorization for the U.S. AND a U.S. Social Security number to be employed by the Center. (Please indicate that you are an international student on the application form.)
Required application materials. Please submit the following:
- Cover letter (please include a discussion of what draws you to the mission of the Center)
- Contact information for two references
Only complete applications submitted electronically will be considered. Once you submit your application, you will receive an electronic confirmation. Applications submitted by mail or email will not be accepted. Due to the volume of applications received, only candidates who will be interviewed will be contacted. We are unable to respond to individual inquiries about the status of your application. Visit https://www.cbpp.org/careers/intern for more information about the Center's internship program. No phone calls, please.
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The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and welcomes diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages all qualified persons to apply regardless of any protected status under federal or local law including Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.