CEPR

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.


Internship information:

CEPR generally has two paid 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. Please keep in mind that CEPR will always announce open internship applications by sending an email to our jobs announcement email list (you can subscribe here) 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. 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. Absolutely no calls or faxes, please, and no additional emails.

Fall internship, from early September through December

  • Application period: June to July

Winter-Spring internship, from early January through May

  • Application period: October to November

Summer internship, from early June through August

  • Application period: March to April

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.


Job information:

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. 

Open positions, if available, will be posted on this page. For applicants that need permission to work in the United States, CEPR may be able to sponsor the appropriate visa. Please indicate your requirements in your application. No calls or faxes please.

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The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) is currently looking for an International Program Intern for Winter-Spring 2019. The internship starts in early January 2019 and will end in May 2019 (the specific dates are somewhat flexible). This is a full-time, Washington, DC-based position.

Job Description: Responsibilities include assisting staff with research on upcoming papers and opinion pieces; working on outreach to press, advocacy organizations, and Congress; assisting in tracking and logging press mentions; and helping with data entry related to our website redesign. It may also include generating website content and organizing events with Latin American delegations, CEPR staff, and visiting academics.

The responsibilities 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, international relations, and democracy issues, and an interest in economic justice. Previous research, data, and/or outreach experience is extremely helpful; interns with strong economics or foreign policy experience (including Master’s degrees) will have the opportunity to engage in serious research, and those with strong organizing or outreach experience may have event management opportunities. Proficiency in Spanish is preferred. The intern will need to be able to work in a fast-paced environment with limited supervision and be a self-starter and independent learner. Excellent writing and communications skills are necessary. Applicants affected by the issues that CEPR works on are especially encouraged to apply.

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 per month. Up to $255.67 per month is available for health insurance plan costs.

Closing Date of Position: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 (at 11:59 PM, Eastern time)

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 International Program Intern”:

  1. a cover letter;

  2. a résumé, and;

  3. a brief (2 page) answer to one of the following writing prompts:

    1. How can the US improve its foreign policy toward Latin America? -or-

    2. Briefly describe how macroeconomic policy has helped or hurt the economy of (1) the eurozone or (2) the Latin American region since the world financial crisis and recession (2008–09).

Please do not submit additional information apart from the three items listed above. You may address your cover letter to the International 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 International Program Intern Search Committee. Absolutely no calls or faxes, please, and no additional emails.

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.