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State Fiscal Policy Strategic Projects Initiative 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 systems and programs vital to low- and moderate-income people. The Center’s funding comes from private foundations and individuals. The State Fiscal Policy (SFP) department at the Center conducts research and analysis of tax and budget developments in the states, focusing on how they affect low-income families and individuals. SFP also coordinates and provides in-depth assistance to the State Priorities Partnership (SPP), a network of 43 state-level organizations engaged in on-the-ground state fiscal policy work. 

The Strategic Projects and Initiatives (SPI) Intern will support the SPI team’s work coordinating regrant-driven programs and improving cross-team business processes and practices. The intern will provide support for initiative-related communications and logistics, facilitating learning among the SPP Network, and researching and executing business process design. Tasks might include drafting newsletters and learning resources for the SFP team and Network, scheduling and assisting in facilitating stakeholder meetings, updating initiative tracking, and other tasks related to keeping initiatives running smoothly. This internship is suited for a candidate with an interest in nonprofit project management and internal organizational management. This internship is not suited for a candidate primarily interested in policy analysis, campaigns/outreach, or fundraising/development. 


  • Strong organizational skills, writing skills, and ability to work with multiple diverse stakeholders 
  • Demonstrated interest in CBPP’s mission and economic/racial justice 
  • Desire to gain experience in nonprofit project management and internal organizational management 
  • Prior academic or professional experience with project management, organizational management, and/or nonprofits preferred, but not required 
  • Education: High school diploma or GED required, no higher education necessary.  

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.  


  • 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 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.