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Summer Internship 2024 - Economic Policy Project

Bipartisan Policy Center

Bipartisan Policy Center

Washington, USA
Posted on Thursday, February 1, 2024

The Economic Policy Project (EPP) develops bipartisan policy recommendations designed to enhance the economic opportunity, prosperity, and security of the American people. In addition to developing recommendations, EPP provides timely analysis of fiscal and economic policy.

In 2018, BPC launched the Task Force on Higher Education Financing and Student Outcomes to rethink federal and state approaches to higher education in ways that promote affordability and accountability throughout the system. The task force will deliberate on a range of topics, creating a vision for the future of public policy’s role in postsecondary education – one that recognizes the changing student body, innovations in education, and the demands of America’s 21st century economy.

EPP also continues to be a trusted leader in federal fiscal policy, particularly in analyzing the budget and debt limit. EPP’s debt limit analyses have long been widely cited both in the media and directly by policymakers. EPP’s first analysis of the federal debt limit was led by now Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell during his time as a Fellow at BPC.

Continuing EPP’s work on retirement policy, the Funding Our Future campaign was launched in 2018 by the Bipartisan Policy Center and financial advisor Ric Edelman. The goal of the campaign is to raise the profile of challenges facing the American retirement system and to strengthen people’s ability to retire securely in America. The campaign is now made up of a diverse set of more than 30 educational and private sector partner organizations, crossing political and geographical divides.

Prior to the launch of Funding Our Future, EPP released the final report of its Commission on Retirement Security and Personal Savings, a two-year effort that produced a comprehensive package of bipartisan recommendations aimed at improving retirement security.

Other areas where EPP has done substantial work include tax reform, sequestration and the federal budget process.

Responsibilities
The intern will support long-term policy projects and papers, conducting background research and writing. They will also draft blog posts and assist staff in preparing responses to Hill and media requests. Other facets of the internship include: monitoring major congressional activity, analyzing budget documents, and event planning. The intern will be asked to handle multiple assignments and switch between them depending on EPP’s needs.

Qualifications

  • Must be an enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate school or be a recent grad
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively
  • An interest in fiscal and economic policy topics, such as higher education, retirement savings, and federal budget policy.
  • Strong quantitative analysis skills; proficiency with Microsoft Excel and/or Stata or R preferred.


SUMMER PROGRAM

BPC has a robust summer program. Interns work full time, and will receive a $6,000 stipend for ten weeks of work. Interns must be rising juniors or above. Applicants must currently be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate program or a recent graduate. Interns will provide functional support, conduct research, and work directly with project analysts and staff in various capacities.

*Please note that our Summer internship will be hybrid program*

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until a qualified candidate has been identified. Please do not send multiple submissions. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Due to the number of applications received, we are unable to contact those who have not been selected for an internship. No phone calls, please. Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply but must have a valid work permit or visa verifying eligibility to work in the United States. We do not offer visa sponsorship.

Required materials (please submit as one PDF File):

• Resume

• Cover Letter

• Relevant writing sample (3-5 pages).

• College or university transcript (unofficial is acceptable).

• Phone and email contact information for two professional references, including a professor or other individual familiar with your work.

• Brief response to our Diversity statement on what it means to you (5-8 sentences).

APPLICATION DEADLINE

• Summer internships: March 1st

BPC Diversity Statement
The Bipartisan Policy Center defines diversity as the range of human qualities that make us unique as individuals, including—but not limited to—age, disability, ethnicity, gender expression, geographic location, nationality, political philosophy, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.
To celebrate diversity and ensure equity and inclusivity, BPC is committed to:
• Recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce with insights and solutions for our increasingly divided society.
• Creating a workplace culture where all employees feel valued and their perspectives are heard.
• Developing policy solutions and undertaking research that reflect a diversity of thought and experience.
COVID Guidelines
The health and safety of our community is our highest priority. As such, the Bipartisan Policy Center is requiring all newly hired staff members to be fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized and/or approved COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. Requests for reasonable accommodation for medical, religious, or other reasons will be considered in accordance with applicable law.

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