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 Data Analysis team works with a group of skilled national policy analysts on a range of policy issues and research topics affecting lower-income families and individuals in the U.S. Topics may include the implications of policy choices affecting cash assistance, taxation and tax credits, food assistance, housing programs, and health programs, as well as income trends, the causes and consequences of poverty, and poverty measurement techniques. The team collects, prepares, and summarizes data and academic research, develops graphics and written presentations of findings, and examines pending legislative and policy options.
The Data Analysis team works extensively with other Center divisions and supports the State Priorities Partnership, a network of independent state fiscal policy organizations.
- Strong quantitative skills and statistical programming skills in Stata (or R or Python)
- Great attention to detail and the ability to meet strict deadlines
- Demonstrated interest in, or personal experience with, poverty reduction programs
- Education: recent graduates and graduate students
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.
- 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.)
- Contact information for two references
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.