Summer 2020 Communications Intern

Center on Budget & Policy

Marketing Internship

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 programs important to low-income people. The Center’s funding comes from private foundations and individuals.

The Communications team seeks to inform state and federal policy debates by disseminating Center reports and analyses to the news media. Framing research into a clear message for public consumption is a complex process. The Communications intern will assist in all stages of this process, including, but not limited to, tracking media coverage, updating and maintaining contact lists, distributing Center publications, occasionally drafting press advisories, and helping the Center engage in social/new media.


  • Education: Current undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent graduates
  • Expressed interest in media work, journalism (and/or web or digital communications), and interest in observing a wide variety of policy issues and activities
  • Good research skills, and effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work well independently and a general understanding of Center-related topics
  • Major or coursework in Communications, Government Relations/Political Science, Journalism, English, Public Relations, etc.

Application deadline: February 1, 2020

Summer 2020 internship start dates: May 26, 2020 and June 1, 2020


  • Doctoral students may receive between $16.00 - $19.00, depending on progress towards completion of degree requirements, relevant coursework, and research.
  • Students with a master’s or law degree receive $17.00 per hour.
  • Graduate students receive $16.00 per hour.
  • Students with a bachelor's degree receive $15.00 per hour.
  • Undergraduate students receive $14.00 per hour.

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.)

Required application materials. Please submit the following:

  • Cover letter (please include a discussion of what draws you to the mission of the Center)
  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Contact information for two references

Only complete applications submitted electronically 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 who will be interviewed will be contacted. We are unable to respond to individual inquiries about the status of your application. Visit for more information about the Center's internship program. No phone calls, please.

If you have read all 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: [email protected]

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and welcomes diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages all qualified persons to apply regardless of any protected status under federal or local law including Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.