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State Fiscal Project Campaigns Intern

The State Fiscal Project (SFP) works to ensure that all communities are economically secure and that all people have the opportunity to thrive through responsible state tax and budget policies. SFP also coordinates and supports the State Priorities Partnership (SPP), a network of 43 state-level organizations engaged in state fiscal policy work, and helps state partners in the network and beyond engage in federal policy debates.

The SFP Campaigns team supports the advocacy and campaign strategies of groups in the SPP and other state-based organizations, including helping them develop campaign plans, build coalitions and partnerships, educate policymakers and the public, and shape the public debate on key budget, tax, and safety net issues.

Campaigns interns play a critical role in this work. Interns research and track key state and federal policy action, attend and report on meetings of partners, allies, and other related organizations, and complete other special projects. 


  • Strong interest in the Center’s mission and the issues it works on; interest in community engagement, politics, and social change; and a desire to gain issue campaign and/or advocacy experience
  • Prior experience in political or issue-area campaigns, advocacy, or government highly desired but not required
  • Academic or professional experience in political science, government, politics, policy, social work, community organizing, and related disciplines can also qualify
  • Strong writing, research, organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated interest in economic and/or racial equity and the role of public policy in achieving greater equity
  • Education: No preference

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 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.