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Paid Summer Internships in Social Justice- Next Leaders Program

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Institute for Policy Studies | Washington, DC
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Institute for Policy Studies


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June 1, 2020
August 7, 2020
March 8, 2020
$15/hr
37.5 hours per week Mon-Friday

The world crisis in governance, economic stability, and ethical guidance demands that we do our best to secure and sustain a better future. To sustain the movement, we need to galvanize those most impacted by the broken system: young people. A 10-week program, Next Leaders offers young activists training in public scholarship, that is, the connection between policy research, advocacy, and grassroots activism. Through its workshop and events series and individualized mentorship, Next Leaders looks to sharpen young scholar-activists’ voices and hone their skills. In addition to hands-on experience, each cohort will leave the program with a more nuanced understanding of environmental, racial, economic, gender, and peace justice.


Here’s a little bit more about how the program works. It’s broken into three parts:


Workshop and Events Series – We’ve prepared a curriculum of weekly workshops and events geared toward the following:

  • Building community within your cohort
  • Sparking intergenerational dialogue to brainstorm around new pressure points in the policy world
  • Sharing skills needed to become a successful public scholar
  • Providing a crash course on the frameworks, history, and current events of the progressive movement and policy sphere



In addition to strengthened public scholarship skills, each cohort will leave the program with a more nuanced understanding of environmental, racial, economic, gender, and peace justice. Past workshops have included Op-ed Writing, Public Speaking, Racial Justice and Critical Race Theory, Power-Mapping and the Modern-day Labor Movement, and Restorative Justice.


Mentorship – Each participant will get hands-on experience by working on one of our projects and will receive individualized mentorship and training from one of our IPS public scholars. Typical responsibilities include research, writing, shadowing on events with core allies, occasional trips to the Hill, and helping us with our social media presence. All of our interns also have the opportunity to work with our skilled editors and write for our in-house publications, and we often see participants’ work placed in notable publications such as USA Today and the Nation. Our interns work within one of the following core areas:


  • Economic and Racial Justice: Combating inequality means both lifting up and building power at the bottom, and breaking up concentration of wealth and power at the top. That’s why we work at the intersection of economic and racial justice through projects designed to build leadership and self-empowerment of black workers, immigrant workers, and low-wage workers, youth and families affected by incarceration, along with projects aiming to reverse the rules that criminalize poor people of color, and projects fighting to ensure that the wealthy and Wall Street corporations pay their fair share of taxes.
  • Climate Justice: In order to avert a climate catastrophe, we must transition away from fossil fuels to a clean energy economy. On both a domestic and a global level, climate change hurts poor people and communities of color first and worst, so we seek solutions that center economic and racial justice as critical components of addressing climate change.
  • Fundraising and Development: Fundraising is essential to the success of every nonprofit organization. This is a great opportunity to see how a fundraising office works, and be involved in conversations around donor communications, event outreach strategy, and donor cultivation.
  • Peace and Foreign Policy: To build peace, we must dislodge the economic and political foundations of war. IPS believes that a just foreign policy is based on human rights, international law, and diplomacy over military intervention.


Intergenerational Dialogue – A centerpiece of our definition of public scholarship is that we work on ideas with movement allies. Through the Next Leaders Program you’ll not only get plugged into the larger progressive network, but you’ll also be exposed to best practices of coalition building, grassroots activism, and organizing. And, you’ll have a chance to design your own mini-dialogue series with your cohort and our staff.

COMPENSATION AND ACADEMIC CREDIT

We offer an hourly wage of $15.00 for 37.5 hours weekly to offset the cost of working with IPS while you help us build the future of the progressive movement.


IPS firmly believes that financial barriers shouldn’t exclude people from internship opportunities, and we are grateful to our donors who have made it possible to ensure this internship is paid. However, we strongly encourage applicants to find resources through their schools and other scholarships. Many schools offer assistance for summer internship programs, and we ask that all applicants explore those options first in order to allow us to accept a greater number of interns that do not have access to those resources.

Interns may also receive academic credit, and IPS is happy to assist interns in filling out any requisite forms to help with the credit process.




The world crisis in governance, economic stability, and ethical guidance demands that we do our best to secure and sustain a better future. To sustain the movement, we need to galvanize those most impacted by the broken system: young people. A…

Details at a glance

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  • Academic Credits
  • Paid

How to Apply

Our ideal applicants will be interested in exploring lasting careers in social justice, will be conversational and persuasive writers, and will have a deep belief in intersectional, equitable solutions. We are deeply committed to recruiting a diverse group of candidates. The ideal candidates are interested in seeking careers in social change, and are deeply rooted in their communities (however they are defined) or have a history of activism around issues they care about. Although we are not explicitly limiting our applicant pool, we believe that rising Juniors, Seniors, recent graduates, and first year master’s students will gain the most out of this program.

Summer 2020 Application Deadline: March 8, 2020 by 5 PM EST

March 13 – April 1, 2020: Final applicants will be contacted for interviews, interviewed, and notified of acceptance to the program during this time. Due to the high volume of applications, only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

June 1, 2020: Internship begins (please note, June 1st and June 2nd are important orientation days!)

August 7th: Internship ends

Interns are expected to be available Monday-Friday(37.5 hours per week). Please state your availability on your application. While we can offer some flexibility for students with special circumstances, we want to plan our workshop series with the highest level of attendance possible.

Please fill out the application form. You are welcome to apply for up to two internship positions (descriptions listed in depth here.

Our ideal applicants will be interested in exploring lasting careers in social justice, will be conversational and persuasive writers, and will have a deep belief in…

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1301 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036

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