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The Institute for Policy Studies is a progressive think tank dedicated to building a more equitable, ecologically sustainable, and peaceful society. We believe progress occurs when people and movements come together to act on powerful ideas based on equity, peace, and the protection of our planet. Since 1963, we have been challenging corrupt power structures that undermine a true democracy. Today, we are uniting people and movements around real, transformational change through independent research, networking across issues, and visionary platforms.

IPS is strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and other groups that have historically been subject to discrimination.

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Research Analyst - National Priorities Project

National Priorities Project (NPP) at the Institute for Policy Studies is dedicated to working with movement partners and activists to ensure that our federal resources prioritize peace, shared prosperity, and economic security for all. NPP at IPS is the only federal budget research project dedicated to making the federal budget transparent and accessible to ordinary Americans. In 2014, the project was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for our work on military spending.

Position Description:

The Research Analyst conducts federal budget research, writes formal and informal analysis and opinion pieces, and oversees NPP’s presence on social media (Twitter and Facebook), including creating, identifying and posting content, and monitoring reach, engagement and overall effectiveness on social media. The Research Analyst will also conduct trainings and public speaking, which may expand to include media appearances. The Research Analyst reports to the NPP Program Director.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain federal budget expertise, including knowledge of military spending, the president’s budget request, House and Senate budget resolutions, tax revenue and tax expenditures, and other federal budget topics
  • Prepare 101-level resources for layperson audiences on the federal budget and budget process
  • Produce regular web content including blog posts, Facebook and Twitter posts, e-blasts to constituents, and occasional short videos
  • Deliver webinars, lectures, and facilitate workshops for activists and movement partners, and travel occasionally in order to do so
  • Fulfill research requests for constituents and work directly with partner organizations to fulfill research needs
  • Respond to media inquiries, including live radio interviews
  • Participate in shaping NPP’s goals and strategy, including how best to use new media and other tools to disseminate information and activate constituents to take action in our democracy in conjunction with the IPS communications team
  • Monitor NPP’s media presence; Track and post press releases and media hits on website
  • Distribute website and social media content to partners for redistribution

Qualifications Required:

  • Commitment to a mission of research for social good
  • Demonstrated work or school experience and interest in public policy, political science, international relations, economics or related field
  • Experience or coursework in creating basic descriptive statistics (percentages, basic charts, etc.)
  • Ability to give and receive thoughtful, constructive feedback to foster a productive and collaborative research environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Highly organized, acute attention to detail, able to multi-task and prioritize
  • Pro-active problem solver and eager to take initiative
  • Familiarity with Facebook and Twitter
  • Must have transportation to and from Northampton, MA, including occasional evenings

Preferred/ Desired:

  • Two to five years work experience in a research or public policy fields
  • Understanding of the federal government and the political process
  • Knowledge of web analytics, including Google Analytics, Google AdWords, and social media metrics tools such as Facebook Insights and Twitter Analytics

This is a full-time position that reports to Program Director and is responsible for working collaboratively with all IPS staff, interns and fellows. This position may supervise student interns.

This is a work-from-home position based in or around Northampton, MA but may shift to an office based position if funding permits. Frequent travel to Northampton, MA, and occasional evenings, weekends and out of state travel are required.

Benefits:
Annual compensation for this position between $43,000 – $46,000 (before taxes), paid semi-monthly. You will also receive excellent benefits including generous vacation, paid holidays, 403(b) plan upon hire, fully paid health insurance, fully paid life insurance, fully paid long-term disability, optional short-term disability, direct deposit, and flex time.

To Apply:
Please send the following materials in a single PDF to apply@ips-dc.org with “Research Analyst” in the subject line.

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in this work and any related experience.
  • Your resume, including three references.
  • Writing sample(s) not exceeding 2 pages in length.

IPS is strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and other groups that have historically been subject to discrimination. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until July 9, 2018. Due to the large volume of applications, only applicants moving on to the next round will be contacted by the Search Committee.

Newman Fellowship in Digital Communications

Digital Communications Fellowship

Are you passionate about how social media can advance social change? Are you interested in shaping public policy conversations with game-changing ideas and innovative research presented through compelling visuals? If so, we encourage you to apply for our 2018 Carol Jean and Edward F. Newman Fellowship! Who we are: The Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) is a progressive think tank dedicated to building a more equitable, ecologically sustainable, and peaceful society. We believe progress occurs when people and movements come together to act on powerful ideas based on equity, peace, and the protection of our planet. Since 1963, we have been challenging corrupt power structures that undermine a true democracy. Today, we are uniting people and movements around real, transformational change through independent research, networking across issues, and visionary platforms. We are looking for our next Newman Fellow who will help bring our transformational, intersectional, movement-building work to growing communities of online supporters. Who you are: You share IPS’s vision and want first-hand experience in the role of strategic communications in advocacy and organizing. You have:

  • Experience in developing content for social networking accounts, particularly Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Experience in managing and monitoring social media accounts using a scheduling software. Experience with analytics tools a plus.
  • Experience in graphic design, including previous experience with web design, infographics, social graphics, flyers, cover pages. Experience designing interactive graphics and memes is a plus!
  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite
  • Strong connections with progressive movements and/or familiarity with core IPS issues and values.
  • Excellent written communication skills with a unique writing voice

What you’ll do:

  • Under the supervision of the Media Manager, implement communications plans for engaging with IPS audiences through online and print platforms
  • Create visual graphics and written content for IPS’s social media platforms
  • Creative visual designs for IPS websites, reports, and promotional materials
  • Work with Digital Communications Specialist and other IPS staff to identify opportunities for expanding IPS audiences and organizing efforts online
  • Assist with communications campaigns in response to breaking news and developments related to IPS issue areas.
  • Work with Communications and Development Team to identify opportunities for maximizing effectiveness of online fundraising efforts.

What you’ll get: You’ll be part of a team of smart, sharp communications professionals working together to increase our reach and widen the audience for our work. We work alongside IPS’s nationally renowned policy experts to ensure our research and analysis are reaching key decision-makers, and more and more people are educated with our game-changing ideas. The Newman Fellowship is an opportunity for emerging leaders to develop critical skills needed to serve as the next generation of progressive activists, organizers, or public scholars. Not only will you receive mentorship from IPS’s Communications Managers and other IPS staff, you will also be exposed to our work with core allies and the broader progressive community, and have opportunities for professional development. Annual compensation for this entry-level fellowship is $39,000 (before taxes), paid semi-monthly. You will also receive excellent benefits including generous vacation, paid holidays, 403(b) plan upon hire, fully paid health insurance, fully paid life insurance, fully paid long-term disability, optional short-term disability, direct deposit, and flex time. What we expect of you: The selected fellow is expected to commit full-time to the 12-month fellowship term. The Fellowship can be extended up to 24 months pending agreement between the Newman Fellow and the Communications Managers. The selected Newman Fellow should be able to begin their fellowship term between June 1 – June 16, 2018. Please send the following materials in a single PDF to apply@ips-dc.org with “Newman Fellowship” in the subject line.

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in communications work and any related experience.
  • Your resume, including three references.
  • Writing sample(s) not exceeding 2 pages in length.
  • Graphic design samples

IPS is strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and other groups that have historically been subject to discrimination. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Due to the large volume of applications, only applicants moving on to the next round will be contacted by the Search Committee.

Open Internships

Intern, Climate Policy Program

Application Deadline: Applications are rolling, but we are looking to hire as soon as possible!

Title: Climate Policy Intern

Reports to: Basav Sen, Climate Policy Program Director

Compensation and Academic Credit: All of IPS’s internships are paid at a rate of $13.25 an hour. Interns may also receive academic credit, and our staff is happy to help you fill out any necessary paperwork to ensure you maximize your school funding or academic credit opportunities.

Term and Hours: We expect a time commitment of 10-15 hours a week for interns in the fall term. We strongly request that applicants be available between the hours of 12:00 and 4:00 on Tuesdays to attend our staff meetings and workshops, but this availability will not affect application status. Although we are seeking folks who can commit to working with us beginning in early to mid September until the end of November/first few weeks of December unless otherwise noted, we are more than happy to adjust the time commitment based on individual schedules and needs.

Climate Policy Internship Description:
The aim of the Climate Policy Program is to support the transition from a financially extractive, fossil fueled economy to equitable, democratic and local living economies. Because we understand climate disruption as a consequence of our broken economic system, and as a major factor exacerbating race, class, gender, and other forms of inequality, we look for root causes and promote solutions at the intersection of both the economic and climate crises.

We organize our work around the premise that to solve the climate crisis, we must confront systemic economic, social and racial inequality, both in the U.S. and worldwide. We provide long-term vision and bold ideas in domestic and international policy spaces, using research, writing and strategic conversations to redefine what is politically possible.

The ideal Climate Policy Intern should possess an understanding of the connection between economic, racial, and environmental justice. We are looking for someone with very strong writing and research skills, basic quantitative literacy, and the ability and willingness to learn on the job. A strong candidate would have experience synthesizing qualitative and quantitative data and presenting findings/trends in clearly written and visually compelling ways. Proven experience with persuasive writing, infographic creation, governmental and other data sources, and knowledge of federal environmental agencies and policies preferred.

Each participant in our fall program will get hands-on experience by working on one of our projects and will receive individualized mentorship and training from one of our IPS public scholars. We will also provide opportunities for professional development through brown-bag discussions, trainings and workshops, and networking events.

How to Apply:
Internships at IPS are ideal for rising scholar activists who care deeply about racial justice, economic justice, and inequality, and are ready to think creatively about new policies that better care for people and the planet. IPS deeply values building a staff of people from diverse backgrounds. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please send the following materials to nextleaders@ips-dc.org with “Fall 2018 Internship” in the subject line.

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. 2-page writing sample

For your writing sample, we say, go wild! This can be a blog piece, an essay excerpt, a letter to the editor for a newspaper, an article in your school’s newspaper, etc. Feel free to provide a couple sentences of context if you’re excerpting your selection from a larger piece. The important thing is for us to get a sense of something you’re passionate about… oh, and, we’d love to see if you can string a sentence together, too.

For your cover letter please make sure to include the following information:

  • Tell us about a movement that you’re passionate about and how you would like to see this movement create change. Try to connect your response to the programs you’re interested in at IPS.
  • What skills, experience, and/or knowledge would you bring to our internship program?
  • Time commitment including start date, end date, hours per week and days of flexibility

Any questions can be directed to Emily Norton, the Leadership and Organizational Development Manager, via email at emilyn@ips-dc.org.

Intern, Global Economy

Application Deadline: Applications are rolling, but we are looking to hire as soon as possible!

Title: Global Economy Intern

Reports to: Sarah Anderson, Global Economy Program Director

Compensation and Academic Credit: All of IPS’s internships are paid at a rate of $13.25 an hour. Interns may also receive academic credit, and our staff is happy to help you fill out any necessary paperwork to ensure you maximize your school funding or academic credit opportunities.

Term and Hours: We expect a time commitment of 10-15 hours a week for interns in the fall term. We strongly request that applicants be available between the hours of 12:00 and 4:00 on Tuesdays to attend our staff meetings and workshops, but this availability will not affect application status. Although we are seeking folks who can commit to working with us beginning in early to mid September until the end of November/first few weeks of December unless otherwise noted, we are more than happy to adjust the time commitment based on individual schedules and needs.

Global Economy Internship Description:
The mission of the Global Economy Project is to speed the transition of the U.S. and global economy from a model characterized by extreme levels of economic and racial inequality and excessive corporate and Wall Street power to one that is equitable and sustainable. This project conducts research and analysis of a wide range of economic issues, including low-wage employment, executive compensation, Wall Street reform, and corporate taxes.

Interns for Global Economy are typically involved in research and writing for the IPS website and our inequality portal Inequality.org, as well as policy papers, op-eds, reports, and other project materials. Ideal interns will be comfortable working with numbers (no high-level mathematics, but work may involve lots of data). Through mentorship from project director Sarah Anderson, interns will learn to research various government sources, including corporate filings with the SEC and BLS data on labor. Global Economy Interns also sometimes help develop and implement communications strategies on the wide range of issues that the project covers.

Each participant in our fall internship program will get hands-on experience by working on one of our projects and will receive individualized mentorship and training from one of our IPS public scholars. We will also provide opportunities for professional development through brown-bag discussions, trainings and workshops, and networking events.

How to Apply:
Internships at IPS are ideal for rising scholar activists who care deeply about racial justice, economic justice, and inequality, and are ready to think creatively about new policies that better care for people and the planet. IPS deeply values building a staff of people from diverse backgrounds. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please send the following materials to nextleaders@ips-dc.org with “Fall 2018 Internship” in the subject line.

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. 2-page writing sample

For your writing sample, we say, go wild! This can be a blog piece, an essay excerpt, a letter to the editor for a newspaper, an article in your school’s newspaper, etc. Feel free to provide a couple sentences of context if you’re excerpting your selection from a larger piece. The important thing is for us to get a sense of something you’re passionate about… oh, and, we’d love to see if you can string a sentence together, too.

For your cover letter please make sure to include the following information:

  • Tell us about a movement that you’re passionate about and how you would like to see this movement create change. Try to connect your response to the programs you’re interested in at IPS.
  • What skills, experience, and/or knowledge would you bring to our internship program?
  • Time commitment including start date, end date, hours per week and days of flexibility

Any questions can be directed to Emily Norton, the Leadership and Organizational Development Manager, via email at emilyn@ips-dc.org.

Intern, Inequality.org

Application Deadline: Applications are rolling, but we are looking to hire as soon as possible!

Title: Inequality.org Editorial Intern

Reports to: Negin Owliaei, Inequality.org

Compensation and Academic Credit: All of IPS’s internships are paid at a rate of $13.25 an hour. Interns may also receive academic credit, and our staff is happy to help you fill out any necessary paperwork to ensure you maximize your school funding or academic credit opportunities.

Term and Hours: We expect a time commitment of 10-15 hours a week for interns in the fall term. We strongly request that applicants be available between the hours of 12:00 and 4:00 on Tuesdays to attend our staff meetings and workshops, but this availability will not affect application status. Although we are seeking folks who can commit to working with us beginning in early to mid September until the end of November/first few weeks of December unless otherwise noted, we are more than happy to adjust the time commitment based on individual schedules and needs.

Inequality.org Editorial Intern Description:
Inequality.org is a natural hub for academics, activists and journalists looking for more perspectives on narrowing our economic divide. We’re looking for a bright and passionate intern to join our editorial team for the summer of 2018.

The Inequality.org intern will work with the editor, Negin Owliaei, to ensure that the site stays up to date with the latest inequality news and analysis. They’ll help promote the work of the site and its contributors to other writers, academics, and activists. This intern will also have the opportunity to contribute their own original writing to Inequality.org.

Our ideal candidate is a strong writer who understands the root causes of inequality, wants to expand their knowledge on the issue, and can condense complex policy issues into easily consumable pieces. This position is well suited for an aspiring writer who isn’t afraid to wade into politics. Attention to detail is essential, as is a solid understanding of current events. We’re looking for someone who gets excited about progressive policy, and seeks to share that enthusiasm in their writing and communications work. While not required, we’d love to find someone to join our team who has experience writing or editing for a nontechnical publication and/or has an understanding of WordPress.

Each participant in our fall program will get hands-on experience by working on one of our projects and will receive individualized mentorship and training from one of our IPS public scholars. We will also provide opportunities for professional development through brown-bag discussions, trainings and workshops, and networking events.

How to Apply:
Internships at IPS are ideal for rising scholar activists who care deeply about racial justice, economic justice, and inequality, and are ready to think creatively about new policies that better care for people and the planet. IPS deeply values building a staff of people from diverse backgrounds. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please send the following materials to nextleaders@ips-dc.org with “Fall 2018 Internship” in the subject line.

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. 2-page writing sample

For your writing sample, we say, go wild! This can be a blog piece, an essay excerpt, a letter to the editor for a newspaper, an article in your school’s newspaper, etc. Feel free to provide a couple sentences of context if you’re excerpting your selection from a larger piece. The important thing is for us to get a sense of something you’re passionate about… oh, and, we’d love to see if you can string a sentence together, too.

For your cover letter please make sure to include the following information:

  • Tell us about a movement that you’re passionate about and how you would like to see this movement create change. Try to connect your response to the programs you’re interested in at IPS.
  • What skills, experience, and/or knowledge would you bring to our internship program?
  • Time commitment including start date, end date, hours per week and days of flexibility

Any questions can be directed to Emily Norton, the Leadership and Organizational Development Manager, via email at emilyn@ips-dc.org.

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