Center on Budget & Policy
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 other policies and programs important to low- and moderate-income people. The Center’s funding comes from private foundations and individuals.
The Center’s Family Income Support (FIS) team is a leading source of expertise on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant with a strong record of providing analytic and policy support to improve TANF at the federal and state levels. We also work to improve TANF work programs and on other cross-cutting issues important to low-income families. The intern assists with data collection and analysis, legislative tracking, and literature reviews of relevant research.
- Candidates for the FIS internship should have an interest in anti-poverty strategies and a desire to deepen their understanding of cash assistance policy and racial equity.
- Experience working with persons experiencing poverty is a plus.
- The candidate should also have strong research and analytical skills and experience using Excel.
- Education: Preference given to graduate students, but anyone with the requisite experience is encouraged to apply.
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 — 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: June 1, 2020 11:59PM EST
Fall 2020 internship start dates: September 8, 2020 and September 14, 2020
Internship ends mid-December 2020
- Undergraduate students receive $15.00 per hour.
- Students with a bachelor's degree receive $16.00 per hour.
- Graduate students receive $17.00 per hour.
- Students with a master’s or law degree receive $18.00 per hour.
- Doctoral students may receive $17.00 - $20.00, depending on progress towards 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)
- 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 your application. 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: [email protected]
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.