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Spring 2024 Equity & Inclusion Intern

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is a high-caliber strategic policy institute that informs and shapes public policies to reduce poverty, promote equity, and build opportunity. It has a national reputation for conducting rigorous research and analysis, developing evidence-based policy ideas and strategies, shaping a broad array of policy debates at the federal and state levels, and influencing policy outcomes on a range of critical issues. It focuses on improving the lives of people with low or moderate incomes and examines how policies affect particular groups, including Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ people. The Center is known for its unique capacity to blend rigorous, timely analysis with effective communications that enable policymakers and the media to make use of its work.

The Center has an opening for an intern to work with the Center’s Equity and Inclusion (E&I) team. The team includes the Chief Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Officer, the Deputy Director for Housing Equity and Data Analysis, the Equity & Inclusion Project Manager, and the Center’s Equity & Inclusion Working Group (a cross-team group of staff that support the implementation of the Center’s E&I priorities, initiatives, and programs). The intern will be supervised by the Chief Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Officer, who leads the organization’s efforts to develop and implement policies and practices that build a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization in fulfillment of the Center’s mission and values. At a high level, this work entails creating opportunities to expand staff capacity, supporting the implementation of new policies and organizational practices, creating organization accountability tools and strategies, and developing systems to track progress toward stated goals. A primary function of the E&I team is to provide ongoing professional development, training, and learning opportunities that assist staff in building their awareness, knowledge, and skills around adopting practices that foster greater inclusion within their professional practice and interpersonal interactions.


Responsibilities will vary based on the intern's background and personal/professional interests. However, functional responsibilities will include supporting an array of projects related to the organization’s equity and inclusion work and supporting the creation and collection of content and resources to be used in the facilitation of equity and inclusion training efforts and professional development opportunities.

  • Provide programmatic and logistical support to the Equity and Inclusion Working Group, including note-taking, meeting facilitation, and agenda setting
  • Help to coordinate, organize, and facilitate equity and inclusion training sessions for staff
  • Provide programmatic and logistical support to the Equity and Inclusion team in working with specific departments or teams within the organization
  • Assist in the planning of heritage month activities, speakers, and programs
  • Co-lead the planning, coordination, and assessment of the Center’s Equity & Inclusion speaker series


  • Highly organized, attentive to detail, and able to manage multiple tasks for different projects/supervisors (often on a time-sensitive basis)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing equity and inclusion
  • Strong facilitation skills
  • Background in participating, leading, and/or organizing efforts to foster greater equity and inclusion for historically marginalized communities and/or identity groups
  • Ability to effectively work across cultural differences
  • Knowledge of and proficiency in Microsoft Office productivity applications, including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • This internship position is open to current undergraduate and graduate students (including law), as well as recent graduates
  • 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.

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 — particularly those with 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 United States 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: October 20, 2023, 11:59 p.m. EST

Internship Start Date: January 8, 2024

Internship End Date: May 3, 2024

The Center’s spring internship will be remote. Remote interns must be in the U.S. for the duration of the internship. Intern work hours are generally expected to be during core Eastern time business hours. Interns located in the Washington, D.C. metro area during the spring term may have the option to work on a hybrid schedule that includes at least two days per week in person at our D.C. office.

Work Hours: Interns should be available between 30-40 hours per week. Work schedules can be flexed to accommodate time zone differences, as well as classwork and other school commitments.


  • Undergraduate students receive $17.00 per hour.
  • Students with a bachelor's degree receive $18.00 per hour.
  • Graduate students receive $19.00 per hour.
  • Students with a master’s or law degree receive $20.00 per hour.
  • Doctoral students may receive between $18.00 and $22.00 per hour, depending on progress toward completion of degree requirements, relevant coursework, and research.

Required application materials: 

  • Cover letter (please include a discussion of what draws you to the Center’s mission and the work of the team to which you’re applying, as well as an overview of your background in participating, leading, and/or organizing efforts to foster greater equity and inclusion for historically marginalized communities and/or identity groups.)
  • Résumé
  • Transcript(s)

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. Visit for more information about the Center’s internship program. No phone calls, please.

If you have read all of the information on the 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.