Jobs and Internships

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.

Open Jobs

Open Internships – Spring 2019

Spring Intern, Climate Policy Program

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

Title:Spring 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 spring 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 mid to late January (early February accepted) until mid to late April 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 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 “Spring 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.

Spring Intern, Global Economy

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

Title: Spring 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 apring 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 mid to late January (early February accepted) until mid to late April 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 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 “Spring 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.

Spring Intern, Inequality.org

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

Title: Spring 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. 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 mid to late January (early February accepted) until mid to late April 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 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 “Spring 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.

Spring Intern, Criminalization of Poverty and Race Program

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

Title: Spring Criminalization of Poverty and Race Intern

Reports to: Karen Dolan, Criminalization of Poverty and Race 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. 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 mid to late January (early February accepted) until mid to late April unless otherwise noted, we are more than happy to adjust the time commitment based on individual schedules and needs.

Criminalization of Race and Poverty Intern Description:
The Criminalization of Poverty and Race project at the Institute for Policy Studies seeks a detail-oriented intern who is passionate about racial, gender and social justice, about transformative justice and equity for children and youth who are over- disciplined in schools and targeted by the criminal legal system.
The CPR Intern will have an opportunity to work on the development of a transformational alternative-to-school-discipline model in a local DC public school. The program offers hands-on opportunities to work with Restorative Justice Circles and Teen Court models. This intern will compile research, writing, and metrics for assessing movement building within the Families of Incarcerated Children movements.This intern will also play a key role in producing written reports on the above initiatives.

The ideal candidate will be proactive, with solid writing, research, and organizational skills, and possess some knowledge of individual and/or experience with the juvenile or criminal law system or racial justice activism. A focus on equity for, and experience of, intersectional oppressions is a plus.

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 “Spring 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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