The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) is currently looking for a Domestic Program Intern for Winter/Spring 2019 (January through May). This is a full-time, Washington, DC-based position.
Job Description: The internship starts in early January 2019 and will end in May 2019 (the specific dates are somewhat flexible). The intern will assist with a variety of research, outreach, and communications activities related to the US economy and domestic policy. This may include outreach to press, advocacy organizations, and Congress, along with some research for upcoming reports and economic opinion pieces. Other tasks include communications duties such as generating website content and tracking CEPR’s appearances in the media, as well as helping with data entry related to our website redesign.
The responsibilities of interns vary based on the applicant’s interests and experience, as well as the particular issues that CEPR is working on at the time. Interns will be able to attend relevant events around Washington, DC.
Qualifications: We are looking for applicants with a general understanding of economics and domestic policy, and an interest in economic justice. Excellent writing and communications skills are required. Previous research, data, and/or outreach experience is extremely helpful. The intern will need to be able to work in a fast-paced environment with limited supervision and should be a self-starter and independent learner. Applicants affected by the issues that CEPR works on are especially encouraged to apply. For applicants that need permission to work in the United States, CEPR may be able to sponsor the appropriate visa. Please clearly indicate your requirements in your cover letter.
Compensation: CEPR is committed to offering an internship program that allows people from all backgrounds to participate. As such, all CEPR internships are paid and interns are eligible for reimbursement of health insurance plan costs. Interns will receive about $2,260/month per month. Up to $255.67 per month is available for health insurance plan costs.
In rare, extenuating circumstances, the application period may be extended or shortened. In the event that the application period is shortened, CEPR will update this posting to notify candidates that they have seven days to apply.
To Apply: Send the following, in a single PDF file, to apply[at]cepr.net with the subject line “Winter/Spring 2019 Domestic Program Intern”:
1. a cover letter;
2. a résumé, and;
3. a response to the following writing prompt (400 to 600 words):
"There has been a lot of discussion around the 'gig economy' and companies such as Uber and TaskRabbit. Some commentators argue that this is a huge development and most workers soon will not have an employer. They argue that the United States needs to define a new category of worker that would not be covered by current employment laws. Do you agree or disagree with this assessment of the gig economy? What do you see as the advantages and disadvantages of adding such a new category of worker?"
Please do not submit additional information apart from the three items listed above. You may address your cover letter to the Domestic Program Intern Search Committee, if you wish.
The search committee usually makes a decision within three weeks of the deadline of the application. If you have any questions, please email cepr[at]cepr.net, the contact for the Domestic Program Intern Search Committee. Absolutely no calls or faxes, please.
Organization Description: The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) was established in 1999 to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people's lives. It is an independent, nonpartisan think tank based in Washington, DC. CEPR is committed to presenting issues in an accurate and understandable manner, so that the public is better prepared to choose among the various policy options.
CEPR is an ideal place to learn about current economic and global justice issues in a friendly, relaxed and fun environment.
CEPR is an equal opportunity employer that considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any legally protected status.