Summer 2022 Paid Internship

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Explore Careers in Public Policy

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 Center seeks highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students (including law), as well as recent graduates, in the following areas for full time paid internships.

  • Communications
  • Data Analysis
  • Family Income Support Policy
  • Federal Fiscal Policy
  • Food Assistance (SNAP) Policy
  • Fundraising and Development
  • Government Affairs
  • Health and Housing Integration Project
  • Health Policy
  • Housing Policy
  • Human Resources
  • Outreach
  • SFP Campaigns
  • SFP Communications
  • SFP Development
  • SFP Network & Organizational Effectiveness 
  • State Fiscal Project Strategic Projects Initiative

The Center’s robust internship offers an opportunity to do substantive work alongside policy experts, participate in various learning and networking events, and structured mentorship and professional development. The positions are designed to reflect an intern's interests in conjunction with the Center's needs and the legislative climate. Applicants should have research, fact-gathering, writing, analytic, and computer skills.

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.

Bringing diverse perspectives to state and federal policy debates

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 — with particular attention to candidates having 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 U.S. 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, 2022-11:59PM 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)

·      Résumé

·      Transcripts

·      Contact information for two references

Only complete applications submitted electronically through our system will be considered. Applications submitted by mail or email will not be accepted. 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 of the information on this website about internships at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and still have an inquiry about the application process, please email: internship@cbpp.org.

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.

Explore Careers in Public Policy

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…

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  • Fecha de inicio
    6 de junio de 2022
  • Fecha de finalización
    19 de agosto de 2022
  • Fecha límite de postulación
    1 de febrero de 2022
  • Payment
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