The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits working on public policy issues affecting low-income families and individuals. It has a national reputation for conducting rigorous research and analysis, developing policy ideas and strategies, shaping a broad array of policy debates at the federal and state levels, and influencing policy outcomes. It works on budget and tax policy, health care, and a range of programs important to low-income people. The Center’s funding comes from private foundations and individuals.

The Family Income Support division works on federal and state policy issues related to income assistance and welfare-to-work programs for people with low and moderate incomes, and studies trends in income inequality, poverty, unemployment, and the effectiveness of various government policies in supporting economic well-being. The Family Income Support intern will conduct quantitative analyses of Census Bureau survey data — such as research on trends in deep poverty, economic insecurity, and the impact of government income-assistance programs in averting poverty — and assist in tracking developments in state welfare-to-work programs or other income-support policies.


  • Education: Degree in public policy or social work plus some coursework on poverty/social policy/quantitative research. Preference given to recent MPP or MSW graduate or current student in a similar graduate program.
  • Applicant should have a stated interest in poverty, welfare, work programs, or social policy
  • Knowledge of programs for low-income families; prior experience with such programs (based on courses taken, life experience, past jobs, or volunteering) preferred
  • Strong writing skills and ability to synthesize and organize research
  • Strong quantitative skills and computer programming skills (STATA, SPSS, or SAS)
  • Interest in the Center’s mission

Application deadline: February 1, 2020

Summer 2020 internship start dates: May 26, 2020 and June 1, 2020


  • Doctoral students may receive between $16.00 – $19.00, depending on progress towards completion of degree requirements, relevant coursework, and research.
  • Students with a master’s or law degree receive $17.00 per hour.
  • Graduate students receive $16.00 per hour.
  • Students with a bachelor’s degree receive $15.00 per hour.
  • Undergraduate students receive $14.00 per hour.

International students are welcome to apply. The Center does not provide financial sponsorship for visas or work permits. You must have documentation of work authorization for the U.S. AND a U.S. Social Security number to be employed by the Center. (Please indicate that you are an international student on the application form.)

Required application materials. Please submit the following:

  • Cover letter (please include a discussion of what draws you to the mission of the Center)
  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Contact information for two references

Only complete applications submitted electronically will be considered. Once you submit your application, you will receive an electronic confirmation. Applications submitted by mail or email will not be accepted. Due to the volume of applications received, only candidates who will be interviewed will be contacted. We are unable to respond to individual inquiries about the status of your application. Visit for more information about the Center’s internship program. No phone calls, please.

If you have read all information on this website about internships at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and still have an inquiry about the application process, please email: [email protected].

Please submit your application here.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and welcomes diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages all qualified persons to apply regardless of any protected status under federal or local law including Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.

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