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Policy Research Intern

Policy Research – Summer Internship (paid)

Organization: Children’s Funding Project (CFP) is a nonprofit social impact organization that helps communities and states improve access to quality opportunities for children and youth through comprehensive, sustainable, and equitable public financing strategies. Through direct technical assistance, CFP supports local and state policymakers, intermediaries and cross-system collaboratives, child advocates, governmental agencies, and foundations in their efforts to understand current investments in children and youth in their states/communities and to make plans to improve those investments. These plans quantify the gap between current spending and need, and identify steps to align, generate, and activate funding to close that gap.
About the Position: CFP is seeking a dynamic, detail-oriented, and self-starting individual to join our team for a remote summer internship. In this research-and-analysis focused role, you will help CFP deliver on its mission by helping communities develop fiscal maps, identifying opportunities to access and align new federal funds from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021, and analyzing data needed to advance local dedicated funding initiatives and state-level strategic financing plans.

As a Policy Research Intern, you will have the opportunity to:
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of how child and youth programs and services are funded at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • Hone your policy analysis skills by working side-by-side with senior project leaders to develop fiscal maps of investments in children and youth and integrate findings into comprehensive strategic financing plans for states and communities.
  • Write and otherwise directly contribute to tools and products that will be used by policymakers and leaders in states and localities to make critical decisions about strategic financing for children and youth.
  • Build relationships and work closely with executives and project leaders across the organization and with child and youth advocates throughout the United States.


  • Conduct background research on various topics, such as state and local tax policy, federal programs and policy, new or emerging revenue generating sources, activities of local dedicated children's funds, and others.
  • Collect, clean, and support or perform data analyses.
  • Conduct interviews with CFP's external partners, communities in our networks, and more, for the purpose of gathering qualitative data.
  • Assist in writing and editing reports, blog posts, articles, content for web-based tool interfaces, and written products for states and communities.
  • Other research and administrative tasks as assigned.


  • Enrolled in a graduate (preferred) or undergraduate program in policy, social work, education, or related field
  • Interest in child-and-youth policy at the local, state, and federal levels
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Keen eye for detail
  • Education or work experience with quantitative data analysis, statistics, and public policy analysis
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office--particularly Excel
  • Education or experience in mapping and data visualization (GIS, PowerBI, Tableau) or willingness to learn/expand these skills
  • Team-oriented attitude with an ability to work independently in a remote environment
  • Excellent time management skills


To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume via Handshake. In your cover letter, please share why you would like to be a part of the CFP team, and tell us anything you’d like us to know about the perspective, knowledge, or experiences you would bring to CFP. Candidates invited for a virtual interview will be asked to provide a writing sample.

CFP is headquartered in Washington, DC but staff are currently working remotely, and this internship will also be work-from-home. While we prefer that this position be full-time (~40 hours/week), we are open to hiring candidates on a part-time basis (~20 hours/week).

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.