Outreach Intern

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 other policies and programs important to low- and moderate-income people. The Center’s funding comes from private foundations and individuals.  

The Center's Get It Back Campaign is a national outreach effort to promote the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit, and free tax filing assistance. These tax benefits provide critical work supports for people earning low to moderate wages. The campaign supports a network of organizations to conduct local tax credit outreach activities by providing training, outreach materials, and other tools that help connect eligible workers to the tax credits and to free tax help. Partners include national, state, and community-based organizations, human services providers, state and local government agencies, businesses, universities, financial institutions, and more. The Outreach Intern helps maintain communication with these partner groups and others that would like to become involved in the campaign. They will track the use of creative outreach strategies, help develop new materials and blog content, and research policies and procedures that affect eligible individuals’ ability to obtain tax benefits they have earned.

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated interest in poverty, welfare, work programs, or social policy
  • Prior experience with grassroots low-income organizations
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience using Excel or other spreadsheet programs
  • Maturity and poise to handle different types of organizations and a range of partners
  • Experience with social media, graphic design, and video highly desirable
  • Knowledge of programs for low-income families 
  • Interest in the Center’s mission
  • Education: undergraduate students and 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 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: October 1, 2021, 11:59 p.m. EST    
Spring 2022 Internship Start Date: January 10, 2022 
Internship End Date: Mid-May 2022 

The spring 2022 internship will be remote. Intern work hours are generally expected to be during core Eastern time business hours.

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)
  • 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. 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 an application. Visit https://www.cbpp.org/careers/intern for more information about the Center’s internship program. No phone calls, please.

If you have read all 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.