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.

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).

To apply: Intern positions are paid. The application deadline for Spring 2019 internships is November 18, 2018.

  • Submit your resume, a cover letter expressing interest in the position with dates of availability, three references, and a writing sample that highlights your research and analysis skills.
  • Send all application materials in one Microsoft Word document or PDF file to DCinternship@learningpolicyinstitute.org. Submissions with multiple email attachments will not be accepted.

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