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Human Resources Intern

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is one of the nation’s leading policy institutes focusing on federal and state issues that affect 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 federal and state policy debates, and influencing policy outcomes. The Center’s expertise spans a range of areas including federal and state budget and tax policy, health care, social insurance, nutrition, housing, income support, and other policies that are important to low-income people.

The Center seeks a human resources intern for the fall semester. The intern will report to the Sr. Director of Human Resources and work with a close-knit, three-person HR team. Responsibilities will be varied and will include providing support in an array of HR functions. The intern will take on substantive projects related to benefits and pay, recruitment and onboarding, and personnel records management.

The HR Intern will provide general administrative support to our three-person HR department, handle confidential and non-routine information, assist with benefits administration, maintain data, process new employee paperwork, maintain filing of employee personnel documents, and track onboarding and offboarding checklists. The HR intern will also schedule/confirm orientation meetings or other departmental meetings and work independently and within a team on special nonrecurring and ongoing projects as needed.


  • Strong organizational skills; prioritizes and manages conflicting demands to meet deadlines and provides consistent follow-up
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; builds relationships and works collaboratively in a team environment
  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • Ability to maintain high standards of confidentiality
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and maintain attention to detail
  • Solution-oriented, focused, and proactive
  • Education: Recent college graduate or current student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in human resources, management, business administration, or related field

Successful interns will have a commitment to the Center’s mission to improve the well-being of low- and moderate-income people and advance racial equity as part of the Center’s work.

To expand the diversity of voices that speak with authority in federal and state policy debates, the Center’s internship program identifies highly motivated candidates — with particular attention to candidates having experience with communities that are underrepresented in policy debates — with a demonstrated interest in working on public policies that affect low-income and diverse communities and have implications for racial equity.

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.)

Application deadline: June 1, 2021, 11:59PM EST
Fall 2021 Internship Start Date: September 7, 2021
Internship End Date: Mid-December 2021


  • Undergraduate students receive $15.00 per hour.
  • Students with a bachelor's degree receive $16.00 per hour.
  • Graduate students receive $17.00 per hour.
  • Students with a master’s or law degree receive $18.00 per hour.
  • Doctoral students may receive $17.00 - $20.00, depending on progress towards completion of degree requirements, relevant coursework, and research.

Required application materials:

  • Cover letter (please include a discussion of what draws you to the mission of the Center)
  • Résumé
  • Transcripts
  • Contact information for two references

Only complete applications submitted electronically through our system 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 selected for interview will be contacted. We are unable to respond to individual inquiries about the status of your application. Visit for more information about the Center’s internship program. No phone calls, please.

If you have read all information on this website about internships at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and still have an inquiry about the application process, please email: [email protected].

Please submit your application here.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and welcomes diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages all qualified persons to apply regardless of race, color, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, credit information, pregnancy or parental status, family responsibilities, personal appearance, creed, military or veteran status, religion, ancestry or national origin, union activities, disability, or other status protected by applicable law.