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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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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 Communications Associate, based in its Washington, DC office.

Job Description: CEPR has an opening for a Domestic Policy Communications Associate starting in September 2017. The Associate will coordinate communications strategy with the domestic-side Co-Director and the Director of Domestic Policy to ensure that CEPR’s domestic policy work is covered in major national, state, and local media outlets. This job involves regular communication with national media, including writing press releases, and correspondence with journalists and editors. It also involves regular contact with radio and TV producers in order to promote the inclusion of ideas developed by CEPR staff. The position will also help sustain and grow CEPR’s presence on a variety of social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter and post some content to CEPR’s website. This full-time position reports to CEPR’s domestic-side Co-Director. 

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree or above in a relevant field and/or one to two years of relevant experience.

The Domestic Policy Communications Associate will need to be able to work in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines. Excellent writing and communications skills are also essential. It is absolutely necessary that the candidate has the ability to understand arguments and discussions based on quantitative information.

While experience with media work and/or social media is highly recommended, it is not strictly necessary for otherwise exceptional candidates who can demonstrate competency in these areas. Applicants should have a general understanding of, or interest in, economics and domestic policy, and a commitment to economic justice. Familiarity with policy debates regarding economic stimulus, health care, Social Security, federal budget, wages, work/life balance, trade policy, and other domestic topics is a plus. Applicants affected by the issues that CEPR works on are especially encouraged to apply.

Salary & Benefits: CEPR offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. This position will be represented by the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Local #70, AFL-CIO.

Closing Date of Position: Monday, September 4, 2017 (at 11:59 PM, Eastern time) 

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 “Domestic Policy Communications Associate”:

  • a cover letter;

  • a résumé, and;

  • a writing sample that includes:

    • A one-page press release on a CEPR report dealing with domestic issues; and

    • A one-page outline detailing an outreach strategy for that same report. Main questions to think about could be: What type of reporters/media outlets should have this information and why? Who else should receive this report besides the media and why? What do you think would be the best way to reach these different audiences? What role would social media play in this?

Please do not submit additional information apart from the items listed above. You may address your cover letter to the Domestic Policy Communications Associate Search Committee, if you wish.

If you have any questions, please email cepr[at]cepr.net, the contact for the Domestic Policy Communications Associate Search Committee. Absolutely no calls or faxes, please.