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About the LPI Internship Program

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LPI helps foster the next generation of education researchers and policy experts through paid internships that provide recent graduates or graduate students opportunities to enhance their research and policy skills through hands-on project work supported by mentoring and networking experiences.

Since the internship program launched in 2016, LPI has had dozens of alumni go on to carry their work forward in congressional offices, at research centers, as educators, at national education organizations, and in education-related doctoral programs. Many of our interns note that their experience at LPI has shaped their commitments and career plans.

Research and Policy Intern Responsibilities

The intern will work directly with members of the policy and research teams and will:

  • Assist with a broad set of activities that support policy advancement at the federal and state level, such as legislative research, congressional briefing/hearings attendance, and memo drafting.
  • Complete research tasks as assigned, such as conducting literature reviews and background research; finding, organizing, and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data; and preparing memos, briefs, reports, and presentations.
  • Perform other administrative duties as assigned.
  • Typically work 10–12 weeks.
  • Typically work 30–40 hours per week.

Skills and Qualifications

We’re looking for recent graduates or graduate students interested in the intersection of research, public policy, and education. The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of or experience working on education research, national reform efforts, policy and advocacy, federal/state policies and processes, or within the education field.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Familiarity and experience with qualitative and quantitative research and analysis.
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Must be able to devote at least 30 hours per week for a term of at least 10 weeks.
    • The default term is approximately three months with the possibility of extending to up to 12 months.


Internship positions are paid. The stipend amount for full-time interns ranges from $3000–$3200 per month, commensurate with experience and education.


We offer remote and in-person internships. Our Palo Alto, CA, and Washington, DC, offices are open, and staff are welcome but not required to come in to the office. 

Internship Hiring Status 

We are not currently hiring interns for Summer or Fall 2024, please check back in October for Spring 2025 internships.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Intern Testimonials