Summer 2022 Government Affairs 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.  

Each semester, two interns play a collaborative role in supporting the Government Affairs team. Interns get a unique opportunity to contribute to the Center’s policy areas, primarily by tracking legislation affecting budget/tax policy and safety net programs. Interns will be responsible for:    

  • Tracking current legislation and amendments moving through the congressional process 
  • Attending congressional hearings/markups and other policy events; summarizing policy debates  
  • Monitoring statements from policymakers and experts  
  • Maintaining vote/policy stance/target grids  
  • Preparing meeting, briefing, and presentation materials 
  • Formulating responses to questions and requests for information from external partner organizations and individuals   
  • Maintaining SharePoint database containing contacts for congressional staff and coalition partners 

Qualifications:   

  • Strong research, writing, communications skills  
  • Effective problem-solving skills 
  • Ability to multitask and juggle competing deadlines  
  • Understanding of and passion for the Center’s policy areas and interest in low-income issues  
  • Desire to learn more about the legislative policy process and advocacy coalitions 
  • Comfort with Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word  
  • Education: undergraduate student or recent graduates with coursework/major in policy, government/political science, or a 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 — particularly candidates who have 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: February 1, 2022, 11:59 p.m. EST     

Summer 2022 Internship Start Date: June 6, 2022  

Internship End Date: Mid-August 2022       

The summer 2022 internship will remain remote for interns outside of the Washington, D.C. area. Intern work hours are generally expected to be during core Eastern time business hours. 

While we are currently operating virtually during the pandemic, we are developing policies to support a return to in-office work that may include both telework and in-person work. Interns located in the Washington, D.C. area will be subject to those policies.

  

Compensation: 

  • Undergraduate students receive $15.20 per hour.     
  • Students with a bachelor's degree receive $16.20 per hour.     
  • Graduate students receive $17.20 per hour.     
  • Students with a master’s or law degree receive $18.20 per hour.      
  • Doctoral students may receive between $17.20 and $20.00 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 mission of the Center and the work of the team to which you’re applying.)     
  • Résumé   
  • Transcript(s)    
  • 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. Visit https://www.cbpp.org/careers/intern for more information about the Center’s internship program. No phone calls, please.       

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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]. 

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.