Jobs, Internships, Fellowships

Organization Description:  CEPR conducts both professional research and public education so that the public is better prepared to choose among the various policy options. The professional research is oriented towards filling important gaps in the understanding of particular economic and social problems, or the impact of specific policies, both domestically and globally. The public education portion of CEPR's mission is to present the findings of professional research, both by CEPR and others, in a manner that allows broad segments of the public to know exactly what is at stake in major policy debates. As part of its public education initiative, CEPR utilizes research findings and analysis to challenge the myths, assumptions, policies and institutions that perpetuate economic and social inequality. CEPR's founding scholars include Dean Baker and Mark Weisbrot, co-directors of CEPR, and Robert Pollin, Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts.

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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.

Internship information:

CEPR generally has two internship positions available per semester, one each for the domestic and international programs. For reference, the approximate internship dates are listed below along with the typical application period by program. Please keep in mind that CEPR will always announce open internship applications by sending an email to our jobs announcement email list (see above for subscribing) and by listing positions with open application periods on this page. In other words, if a position is not posted below, then the application period is not open yet.

Fall internship, from early September through December

  • International program application period: June to July
  • Domestic program application period: July to August

Winter-Spring internship, from early January through May

  • International program application period: October to November
  • Domestic program application period: November to December

Summer internship, from early June through August

  • International program application period: March to April
  • Domestic program application period: April to May

Fellowship information:

CEPR welcomes hosting those with outside fellowships under certain conditions. The fellowship must have been awarded by a fair and equitable process, and it must be paid. Fellows must work on an independent project not directed by CEPR; however, they may work on small projects related to their research for CEPR as long as their independent project remains their primary task.

Fellows are invited to apply to be hosted by CEPR by sending a cover letter (including logistical information about the fellowship), resume, and research statement to cepr[at]cepr.net. The research statement must explore the connection between the fellow’s research and CEPR’s mission and CEPR’s past work. No calls or faxes please.


The Center for Economic and Policy Research is currently looking for a full-time Domestic Program Intern for Fall 2017 (early September through December).

Job Description: The internship starts in early September 2017 and will end in December 2017 (these dates are somewhat flexible). The intern will assist with a variety of research, outreach, and communications activities related to the U.S. economy and domestic policy. This may include outreach to the 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.

The responsibilities of interns vary based on their interests and experience, as well as the particular issues that CEPR is working on at the time. Interns will have the opportunity to attend relevant events around Washington, D.C.

Qualifications: We are looking for a recent college graduate or graduate student for this full-time, Washington, D.C.-based position. Applicants should have a general understanding of economics and domestic policy, and an interest in economic justice. Excellent writing and communications skills are required. Previous research, outreach, or media experience is helpful. The intern will need to be able to work in a fast-paced environment and should be a self-starter and independent learner, and will receive limited supervision. Applicants affected by the issues that CEPR works on are especially encouraged to apply.

Stipend: $2,062.50 per month, plus up to $255.67 for health insurance reimbursement per month

Closing Date of Position: Wednesday, August 2, 2017

In rare, extenuating circumstances, the application period may be extended or curtailed. In the event that the application period is curtailed, 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 “Fall 2017 Domestic Program Intern”:

  • a cover letter;

  • a résumé, and;

  • a response to the following writing prompt (400 to 600 words): "There has been a lot of attention paid to the issue of economic inequality recently. What do you think are one or two of the most important causes of economic inequality, and how would you begin reversing them?"

Please do not submit additional information apart from the three items listed above. You may address your cover letter to this internship's coordinator, the Domestic Program Intern Search Committee, if you wish.

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.