Jobs and Internships

The Institute for Policy Studies is the nation’s oldest and largest multi-issue think tank promoting progressive thought.

The Institute for Policy Studies is strengthened by the diversity of our community and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and other groups that have historically been subject to discrimination.

 

Jobs

Poor People’s Campaign: Research Coordinator

Reports To: Executive Director

Salary: $60,000

Benefits: Paid vacation and sick leave, excellent employer-paid benefits for employees and their dependents, a 403b retirement plan, flexible hours. Sunny, renovated office centrally located in DuPont Circle with an onsite gym.

FTE: Full-Time, 1 Year Position (with possibility for extension pending grant funding)

 

The new Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, led by Rev William Barber and a wide array of progressive leaders and organizations, takes its name and focus from the last campaign of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. leading up to his 1968 assassination. The new Campaign will build on Dr. King’s call for a movement challenging racism, poverty and militarism, adding environmental justice as central to today’s needs.

IPS serves as the institutional anchor within the Poor People’s Campaign for producing an Audit, examining 50 years of those challenges, including describing what the world looked like in 1968 regarding racism, poverty, militarism and the environment, exploring what were the movements doing and what policy changes emerged over the 50 years, digging deeply into what worked and what didn’t work, and standing back to examine where we are now. IPS researchers will be involved in producing much of the substance of the Audit. The coordinator will oversee and coordinate production of the material into a coherent report – including weaving different sections into a consistent whole, working with section leaders to ensure parallel approaches, serving as primary liaison between IPS researchers and the Poor People’s Campaign leadership, and have overall responsibility for meeting deadlines linking the Audit to the Campaign’s broader mobilization strategy. This is a one-year staff position within IPS, linked to the work of the Campaign.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Organize and synthesize interviews, testimony, and other primary source materials
  • Working with IPS researchers, identify key subject areas within each arena, recruit and oversee outside analysts and interviewers producing narratives and analysis
  • Coordinate discussions to determine the various forms (written report, interactive website, videos, etc.) that the Audit may include
  • Write bridge pieces throughout the report and overarching narrative pieces that tie the report together
  • Prepare and layout the report’s flow, including picking out design elements like pull quotes, storyboxes, visuals, charts, etc.
  • Keep IPS and outside researchers and analysts on track within the Audit timelines
  • Maintain communication and joint engagement between IPS researchers and Campaign leadership

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Demonstrated knowledge of social justice movements, including familiarity with faith-based and/or other movements that privilege moral accountability
  • Background in journalism, history, documentary studies, or other relevant work experience
  • Solid writing and editing skills
  • Highly organized and meticulous about details
  • Ability to take direction and input from several senior staff from both IPS and the PPC with grace and flexibility
  • Ability to develop strong working relationships with people of diverse backgrounds and writing abilities
  • Demonstrated ability to connect different issues and different movements (i.e., think intersectionally)
  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and vision of IPS and the mission and vision of the Poor People’s Campaign.
  • Having the experience of a frontline community is a plus

 

TO APPLY

In one PDF, please send a cover letter, resume, three references, and a brief writing sample to apply@ips-dc.org by September 22 with “Poor People’s Campaign” in the subject line. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, so candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The first round of interviews will take place in mid-September.

IPS is strengthened by the diversity of our staff and board, and we actively welcome applications from people of color and people with lived experiences with poverty for this position.

 

Internships

Fall Internships: Washington, DC

Deadline: August 15th

Calling all emerging change-makers!

The Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) seeks dedicated young folks hungry for systemic transformation to join our Fall 2017 internship program. The world crisis in governance and economic stability demands that we do our best to prepare to secure and sustain a more just, green, and peaceful future. At IPS we aim to compel action by sharpening young voices and new ideas through training in public scholarship, a term we define as the connection between policy research and grassroots activism. Team up with us for this program, and you can forget fetching coffee and filing folders!

Below you will find the following information:

The Experience

Each participant in our fall program will get hands-on experience by working on one of our projects and will receive individualized mentorship and training from one of our IPS public scholars. We will also provide opportunities for professional development through brown-bag discussions, trainings and workshops, and networking events. Although we are seeking folks who can commit to working with us beginning in early to mid September until the end of November/first few weeks of December unless otherwise noted, we are more than happy to adjust the time commitment based on individual schedules and needs. Additionally, we strongly request that applicants be available between the hours of 12:00 and 4:00 on Tuesdays to attend our staff meetings and workshops, but this availability will not affect application status. We expect a time commitment of 10-15 hours a week for interns in the fall term.

Compensation and Academic Credit

All of IPS’s internships are paid at a rate of $12.50 an hour. Interns may also receive academic credit, and our staff is happy to help you fill out any necessary paperwork to ensure you maximize your school funding or academic credit opportunities.

Available Internships

Internships at IPS are ideal for rising scholar activists who care deeply about racial justice, economic justice, and inequality, and are ready to think creatively about new policies that better care for people and the planet. IPS deeply values building a staff of people from diverse backgrounds. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Fundraising and Development Internship

The Fundraising and Development Team at the Institute for Policy Studies First seeks a detail-oriented intern who is passionate about organizational development, fundraising, and event planning to join our team.

The Development intern will play a key role in preparing for our annual Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award ceremony. We’ll match your skills to a specific part of the project to own, whether it’s managing a part of the outreach, helping us track the budget, attending walk-throughs at the venue, or helping to draft communications about the event.  This truly is a fun project where someone with initiative could take a hold of part of the process and make it even better than last year’s successful event.

This intern will also play a role in our End-of-Year appeal. This project includes attending webinars or events around town with the Development Associate to learn about best practices for the campaign, helping map out the components, and developing a project plan. Interested candidates are also invited to be involved in researching and drafting the text for the appeal.

This internship opportunity will provide training in cultivating new donor relationships, the chance to manage events and projects outside of Letelier Moffit and the End of Year Campaign, and the option to join the development training workshops offered to our staff members.

We are looking to find someone who is eager to help us streamline our foundation prospecting process and learn more about how to do foundation research. The ideal candidate will have solid writing, research, and organizational skills. Knowledge of individual and / or institutional donor prospecting and cultivation is a plus.

Communications Internship (Fall 2017 – Spring 2018)

Our communications internships offer valuable opportunities for young progressives to build concrete skills that they can take to future employers. IPS comms interns work closely with both our comms team and our IPS issue experts on content writing, proofreading, website posting, media monitoring, and media relations projects like building press lists and reaching out to journalists.

We’re looking for applicants with the ability to take vague or complicated concepts and communicate them concisely and effectively, in a way that’s accessible to a general audience. We need people who have a broad familiarity with current events and progressive issues, strong writing and editing skills, careful attention to detail, and — importantly! — the ability to work independently and meet deadlines.

We’re especially interested in applicants who are familiar with the AP style guide and possess a working knowledge of WordPress. Experience in media relations is a plus, and so is prior experience writing or editing for publication. Patience and humor help, too.

Applicants should expect to commit to 15 hours a week. We hope to find someone who can commit from September through May, pending a mid-session evaluation.

Global Economy Project Internship

The mission of the Global Economy Project is to speed the transition of the U.S. and global economy from a model characterized by extreme levels of economic and racial inequality and excessive corporate and Wall Street power to one that is equitable and sustainable. This project conducts research and analysis of a wide range of economic issues, including low-wage employment, executive compensation, Wall Street reform, and corporate taxes.

Interns for Global Economy are typically involved in research and writing for the IPS website and our inequality portal Inequality.org, as well as policy papers, op-eds, reports, and other project materials. Ideal interns will be comfortable working with numbers (no high-level mathematics, but work may involve lots of data). Through mentorship from project director Sarah Anderson, interns will learn to research various government sources, including corporate filings with the SEC and BLS data on labor. Global Economy Interns also sometimes help develop and implement communications strategies on the wide range of issues that the project covers.

Criminalization of Poverty and Race

The Criminalization of Poverty and Race project at the Institute for Policy Studies seeks a detail-oriented intern who is passionate about racial, gender and social justice, about transformative justice and equity for children and youth who are over- disciplined in schools and targeted by the criminal legal system.

The CPR  Intern will have an opportunity to work on the development of a transformational alternative-to-school-discipline model in a local DC public school. The program offers hands-on opportunities to work with Restorative Justice Circles and Teen Court models. This intern will compile research, writing, and metrics for assessing movement building within the Families of Incarcerated Children movements. This intern will also play a key role in producing written reports on the above initiatives.

The ideal candidate will be proactive, with solid writing, research, and organizational skills, and possess some knowledge of individual and/or experience with the juvenile or criminal law system or racial justice activism. A focus on equity for, and experience of, intersectional oppressions is a plus.

Application Process

IPS encourages applicants to apply for more than one internship.

Please send the following materials to nextleaders@ips-dc.org with “Fall 2017 internship” in the subject line along with your top 2-3 internships of choice in the subject line:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. 2-page writing sample

For your writing sample, we say, go wild! This can be a blog piece, an essay excerpt, a letter to the editor for a newspaper, an article in your school’s newspaper, etc. Feel free to provide a couple sentences of context if you’re excerpting your selection from a larger piece. The important thing is for us to get a sense of something you’re passionate about…oh, and, we’d love to see if you can string a sentence together, too.

For your cover letter please make sure to include the following information:

  • Top 2-3 internships of interest
  • Tell us about a movement that you’re passionate about and how you would like to see this movement create change.
  • What skills, experience, and/or knowledge would you bring to our fall internship program?
  • Time commitment including start date, end date, hours per week and days of flexibility

Any questions can be directed to Emily Norton, the Next Leaders Program Manager, via email at emilyn@ips-dc.org.

Fall Application Deadlines

We are seeking to fill positions as soon as possible with the understanding that we’ll be aiming to schedule interviews during August. Applications are due August 15th.

The Institute for Policy Studies is strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and other groups that have historically been subject to discrimination.

 

 

Fall 2017 Inequality Program Internships (Boston, MA)

These paid internship positions will be ten hours per week, for a period of ten weeks, at $11 per hour. 

Public Relations and Media Internship

Calling all emerging change-makers! The Inequality project at the Institute for Policy Studies is seeking a public relations and media intern to join our communications team. This internship will offer hands-on mentoring and valuable opportunities for young progressives to build concrete skills that they can take to future employers. We’re looking for applicants with the ability to take vague or complicated concepts and communicate them concisely and effectively, in a way that’s accessible to a general audience. Experience in media relations is a plus, and so is prior experience writing or editing for publication.

Responsibilities:

  • Draft press releases
  • Research media contacts
  • Manage and update press lists
  • Monitor media and track press hits
  • Contribute ideas for print, web, press and social media content
  • Participate in brainstorming for social networking and e-marketing initiatives.

 

Qualifications

  • Experience in communications, public relations, and marketing (nonprofit communications a plus)
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communications skills
  • Possess solid research and analytical skills
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Excellent organizational and follow-through skills and attention to detail
  • A strong critical thinker who is self-motivated and able to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Flexibility, creativity openness to new experiences and a passion for economic inequality and social justice
  • Currently enrolled or recently graduated from a postsecondary accredited college.
  • Must be able to work 10 hours/week during the fall semester. Occasional schedule adjustments may be acceptable.

 

 

Social Media/Digital Marketing Internship

Calling all emerging change-makers! The Inequality project at the Institute for Policy Studies is seeking a social media/digital marketing intern to join our communications team. This internship will offer hands-on mentoring and valuable opportunities for young progressives to build concrete skills that they can take to future employers. We’re especially interested in applicants who are familiar with various social media platforms and possess a working knowledge of WordPress.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with content curation, sharing, and posting across multiple social media channels
  • Brainstorm and implement outreach and advertisement strategies to increase engagement and content visibility
  • Conduct social media research and analysis
  • Develop, oversee, and manage new or growing social media channels
  • SEO and Google Analytics support and maintenance

 

Qualifications:

  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communications skills
  • Solid research and analytical skills
  • In-depth understanding on how to manage various social media platforms; experience using social and digital media in a non-profit setting is a plus
  • Knowledge of Creative Cloud (i.e. Photoshop, InDesign & Illustrator), graphic design, video editing and photography is a major plus
  • A strong critical thinker who is self-motivated and able to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Excellent organizational and follow-through skills and attention to detail
  • Currently enrolled or recently graduated from a postsecondary accredited college
  • Flexibility, creativity openness to new experiences and a passion for justice
  • Must be able to work 10 hours/week during the fall semester. Occasional schedule adjustments may be acceptable.

 

 

 

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample to bostonjobs@ips-dc.org with “Fall 2017 internship” in the subject line.

 

 

The Institute for Policy Studies is strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and other groups that have historically been subject to discrimination.

 

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