Policy and Research Intern (CA)

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POLICY AND RESEARCH INTERN (Palo Alto, CA)

Background:

The Learning Policy Institute (LPI) is a national organization that conducts and communicates independent, high-quality research to shape education policies and improve learning for each and every child. Nonprofit and nonpartisan, LPI connects policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels with the evidence, ideas, and actions needed to strengthen the pre-k to grade 12 education system and address the complex realities facing public schools and their communities. Working with policymakers, researchers, educators, community groups, and others who care about improving public schools, the Institute advances evidence-based policies that support empowering and equitable learning for all children. 

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

  • Assist with a broad set of activities that support policy advancement at the federal and state level, such as legislative research, legislative 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.
  • Other administrative duties as assigned.

Skills and Qualifications: We’re looking for undergraduate or graduate students or recent graduates 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 authorized to work in the United States for any employer.

To apply, please submit the following:

  1. Your resume.
  2. A cover letter that expresses your goals in pursuing this internship and how those align to LPI's values, your experiences with and interest in education or policy, and dates of availability.
  3. Contact information for three references (including phone number and/or email addresses)
  4. A writing sample that highlights your research and analysis skills, between 2-10 pages (excerpted as necessary), and in which you are the primary author.

Please submit all application materials in one Microsoft Word document or PDF file to our application portal here. Email submissions with multiple attachments will not be accepted.

The organization is currently working remotely, so the spring internship is likely to be majority remote with a possibility of returning in person based on local guidance. The application deadline for the PA Spring 2022 internship cycle is Sunday, November 7th.

Internship positions are paid. The stipend amount for full-time interns ranges from $2800-3500 per month, commensurate with experience and education.

Questions about the internship? Please email [email protected].


The Learning Policy Institute is deeply committed to its staff’s health and well-being and strives to embody the organization’s values within the organizational structure. LPI supports diversity, equity, and inclusion work internally and values a collaborative culture. LPI is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.​