Policy and Research Intern (Washington, DC)

Organization Overview

The Learning Policy Institute (LPI) is a national, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that focuses on public pre-K through high school education. LPI conducts, commissions, and communicates independent high-quality research to shape policies that improve learning for each and every child. Working with policymakers, researchers, educators, community groups and others who care about improving public schools, the Institute advances evidence-based policies that support empowering and equitable learning for all children.

Core duties:

The intern will work directly with members of the policy and research teams and will:

·      Assist with legislative analyses, including researching legislative history, funding history, and tracking congressional activity

·      Attend congressional hearings/briefings, and related events

·      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 an undergraduate or graduate student 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:

Interns are hired for employment on the traditional semester schedule for fall, spring, and summer terms. Intern positions are paid. The application deadline for summer 2016 internships is April 3, 2016.

·      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.