Policy and Research Intern (D.C.)



The Learning Policy Institute conducts and communicates independent, high-quality research to improve education policy and practice. Working with policymakers, researchers, educators, community groups, and others, the Institute seeks to advance evidence-based policies that support empowering and equitable learning for each and every child. Nonprofit and nonpartisan, the Institute connects policymakers and stakeholders at the local, state, and federal levels with the evidence, ideas, and actions needed to strengthen the education system from preschool through college and career readiness.

Core duties: 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.
  • Other administrative duties as assigned.
  • 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, law, 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).

To apply: Please submit your resume, a cover letter expressing interest in the position with dates of availability, contact information for three references (including phone number and email addresses), and a writing sample that highlights your research and analysis skills here. LPI is currently working remotely, but we are ideally seeking internship candidates who can be DC-based when we return to the office. The application deadline for the Summer 2021 internship cycle is Sunday, April 4th. 

The stipend amount for full-time interns ranges from $2400-$3000 paid per month commensurate with experience and education.

If you have any questions, please email DCinternship@learningpolicyinstitute.org.

The Learning Policy Institute is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.