Thursday, October 20, 2011

Research in the D.C. Metro Area

Description:  The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is one of the leading organizations in the country working on public policy issues affecting low-income families and individuals.  The Center specializes in research and analysis oriented toward practical policy decisions and produces solid analytic reports on a timely basis that are accessible to public officials at national, state and local levels, to nonprofit organizations and to the media.  Internships are available for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. However, not all positions are available every semester. The typical length of an internship is one semester (approximately 10-12 weeks).  The positions are designed to reflect an intern's interests in conjunction with the Center's needs and the legislative climate.
Location:  Washington, D.C.
Field:  Media, Federal Legislation, Health Policy, Housing Policy, International Budget Project, Food Stamps, National Budget and Tax Policy, Outreach Campaigns, State Budget and Tax Policy; Welfare Reform and Income Support Division
Eligibility:  Applicants should have research, fact-gathering, writing, analytic, and computer skills and a willingness to do administrative as well as substantive tasks.
Funding:  Paid; Undergraduates receive $8.50 per hour

Description:  Public outreach interns at the Center for Legislative Archives work on a variety of projects along with outreach staff that develop research and writing skills, expand students' understanding of history, politics and government, and provide opportunities to explore a variety of career paths.  Public outreach interns work with the Center's outreach staff on a variety of projects, including: research on the first through fortieth congresses to supplement our upcoming publication, Congress and the Shaping of American History; lesson plans and curricular materials for the Center's web site based on original House and Senate documents; and general research in the records of Congress to support outreach programs.  Intern assignments on these project include: historical media research, research on historical figures or events, research on institutional changes and developments in government, image research, policy research, writing research memos, creating educational materials, composing informational text boxes, or creating charts, graphs and time lines.
Location:  Washington, D.C.
Field:  History, Politics, Government
Eligibility:  Interested students at any educational level may apply for a public outreach internship. Applicants with strong writing skills and an interest in history, political science, legislative politics, public policy, education, public history or communication are welcome.
Funding:  Unpaid, but available for academic credit

Description:  Our public policy internship program provides an opportunity to work with both D.C. Learns and ProLiteracy on policy issues concerning adult literacy and basic education on the local level
(D.C. LEARNs) and the national level (ProLiteracy).  Interns will provide background research for ProLiteracy policy papers; analyze existing/proposed federal legislation from the perspective of adult literacy and recommend ProLiteracy’s response; assist ProLiteracy Director of Policy with scheduling and follow-up with members of Congress; create new Fact Sheets and/or Policy Briefs for D.C. LEARNs as new data becomes available; update D.C. LEARNs’ existing Fact Sheets and Policy Briefs, as required; collect data from literacy programs (such as enrollments/waiting list data, types of classes, funding sources, etc.); and track literacy policy-related events and meetings (both local and national).
Location:  Washington, D.C.
Field:  Public Policy
Eligibility:  Applicants must have good organizational skills; the ability to work well with people of diverse backgrounds, and independently; proficient computer skills (Microsoft Word and e-mail, at a minimum); experience working with Microsoft Excel is usually required; experience working with online tools (blogs, etc.) in policy/advocacy context is highly desired; solid writing skills, including the ability to extract salient points from in-depth written materials and the ability to communicate technical information to a non-technical audience.
Funding:  Participants receive a $1,000 stipend upon completion of the internship.

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