Thank you for your interest in internships at PolicyLink. Our Summer 2013 internship positions have been filled and we have no open positions available at this time. Please check back in early 2014 for information about Summer 2014 graduate student internships. If you are interested in a fall internship, please contact our main office.
PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity by Lifting Up What Works® PolicyLink collaborates with a broad range of partners to implement strategies to ensure that everyone—including those from low-income communities of color—can contribute to and benefit from economic growth and prosperity.
PolicyLink operates a summer internship program for continuing graduate students (masters or doctoral) in public policy, urban planning, and related fields. Internships are paid and the duration is generally ten weeks. . PolicyLink occasionally hosts interns during the academic year, depending on project needs and student interest.
We strive to provide each intern with two main opportunities: 1) A meaningful and challenging assignment (or set of assignments) that provides a chance to apply and hone the skills they are learning in graduate school to influence public policy; and 2) The opportunity to learn about the process of policy change and the way that PolicyLink accomplishes our mission of advancing economic, social, and racial equity through policy change.
Each intern plays an integral role in helping our organization further policy impact through research, communications, capacity building, and advocacy. We have had interns from nearly 20 different universities and colleges, in programs such as urban planning, public policy, public health, community development, information management, and journalism/communications.
Interns gain insight into the field by assuming responsibility for a project under the guidance of experienced professionals. Most internship positions are based in our Oakland office; however, if space is available and there is need, we also host interns in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and New York. Communications interns are based in our New York office.
Each intern is responsible for developing one significant written product or several shorter products over the summer that contributes to a specific PolicyLink effort to advance equitable policy change. Products may include reports for public release (or components of reports), web-based tools, internal research or policy memos, case studies, literature reviews, opinion pieces, or blog posts. Interns are expected to carry out a research plan developed by their supervisor that will include gathering and analyzing qualitative and/or quantitative data. Interns typically conduct interviews, literature reviews, and web-based searches to gather information on equity challenges and promising programmatic and policy solutions. Sometimes they conduct quantitative data analyses or spatial analyses using GIS mapping software.
Interns work under the direct supervision of a senior staff member or the principal researcher or coordinator of a project.
Summer internship projects may be tailored to the specific interests of the intern provided that they match the needs of existing project areas.
At the end of the summer, each intern gives a presentation on his or her work to the PolicyLink staff.
Continuing graduate student in public policy, urban planning, public health, economics, sociology, or related fields. The following is a list of general qualifications; specific qualifications will be described for each internship job description.
PolicyLink is committed to building and maintaining a diverse staff and a welcoming workplace.
Summer internships are full-time, compensated and generally last 10 weeks. Each intern will be expected to complete a final report and make a final presentation to staff.