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Spring 2023 State Fiscal Project Campaigns and Communications Intern

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 State Fiscal Policy (SFP) department conducts research and analysis of tax and budget developments in states with a focus on how they affect low-income families and individuals. Areas of research include budget and tax reform, taxes and economic development, anti-poverty programs and tax policies, criminal justice, higher education, K-12 education, and immigration. SFP also coordinates and provides in-depth assistance to a nationwide network of state-level fiscal policy organizations.  

The SFP Campaigns and Communications Intern will support two teams on the larger SFP team: Campaigns and Communications. The SFP Campaigns team supports the advocacy and campaign strategies of groups in the State Priorities Partnership (SPP) and other state-based organizations, while our SFP Communications team supports the communication strategies of that same group and organizations.  

The intern will play a critical role in the work of both teams by researching and tracking key state and federal policy action, attending and reporting on meetings of partners, allies, and other related organizations, and completing other special projects. The intern will also be responsible for writing biweekly newsletters, posting content for our online community, tracking media mentions, assisting with prospect research, grant reports, event planning, and database management.  

  • Strong interest in the Center’s mission and the issues it works on; interest in community engagement, politics, and social change; and a desire to gain issue campaign and/or advocacy experience   
  • Prior experience in political or issue-area campaigns, advocacy, government, communications, journalism, advocacy, policy, or nonprofits preferred   
  • Academic or professional experience in political science, government, politics, policy, social work, community organizing, and related disciplines can also qualify  
  • Strong writing, research, organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated interest in economic and/or racial equity and the role of public policy in achieving greater equity
  • Experience with Excel
  • Education: current undergraduate students or recent graduates. High GPA strongly preferred.     

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.    
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 — particularly those with 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 United States 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: October 14, 2022, 11:59 p.m. EST         
Spring 2023 Internship Start Date: January 9, 2023      
Internship End Date: mid-May 2023    

The Center’s spring internship will be remote. Remote interns must be in the U.S. for the duration of the internship. Intern work hours are generally expected to be during core Eastern time business hours. Interns located in the Washington, D.C. metro area during the spring term may have the option to work on a hybrid schedule that includes at least two days per week in-person at our D.C. office.  

  • Undergraduate students receive $16.10 per hour.         
  • Students with a bachelor's degree receive $17.10 per hour. 
  • Graduate students receive $18.10 per hour. 
  • Students with a master’s or law degree receive $19.10 per hour. 
  • Doctoral students may receive between $18.10 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 and the work of the team to which you’re applying.)       
  • Résumé    
  • Transcript(s)      

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. Visit for more information about the Center’s internship program. No phone calls, please.      

If you have read all of the information on the website about internships at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and still have an inquiry about the application process, please email     
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.