Family Economic Security (FES) Policy Intern

Class: Paid Internship
Term: Summer 2019
Start Date: June 3, 2019
Length: 10 Weeks
Hours: 15 to 35 hours a week

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to advancing evidence-backed ideas and policies that promote strong, stable, and broad-based economic growth. The mission of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth’s Rising Professionals Program is to provide opportunities to college students from historically underrepresented groups in the fields of economics, communications, design, development, business administration, research, educational programing, and public outreach.

Important elements of Equitable Growth’s mission include in-house, academic-quality research, as well as grantmaking to academic economists and other social scientists to support new research on inequality, mobility, growth, and related issues. Building a stronger bridge between academics and the policy community is key to our work, with the goal of making new research relevant, accessible, and informative to the policymaking process.

The Center has a summer 2019 opening for a Family Economic Security Policy Intern. The successful candidate will have the primary responsibility of supporting Equitable Growth’s Family Economic Security policy stream and will also provide additional support to the policy team as needed. The ideal candidate will be highly organized, complete tasks on deadline, and be familiar with spreadsheets, databases, and basic office technology.


  • Research assistance as needed, including fact checking, data cleaning, data coding, and reviewing literature
  • Contribute to Equitable Growth’s “Value Added” blog
  • Co-author an issue brief
  • Attend Family Economic Security relevant events in the Washington, D.C. area
  • Assist with the day-to-day work of the organization (for example, providing logistical support for events, taking notes, and sending emails to external stakeholders)


  • Undergraduate in good standing with coursework in economics or a related discipline such as public policy, sociology, political science, or statistics; preference for juniors or seniors with declared majors in one of these fields
  • Organized and detail-oriented with the ability to implement creative solutions and meet deadlines
  • Experience prioritizing distinct projects, keeping areas of responsibility on track
  • Professional and friendly demeanor
  • Experience with basic computer applications (Word, Excel) required; preference for candidate with experience using statistical software such as Stata
  • Strong writing and communications skills
  • Interest in topics relevant to Family Economic Security, e.g. household-level inequality, income stability, poverty, scheduling practices affecting low-wage workers, paid leave, childcare, and access to transportation for disadvantaged groups
  • Commitment to Equitable Growth’s’s mission and goals

How does Equitable Growth define historically underrepresented groups?

A population of people who are or who have been consistently underrepresented in numbers in the fields of economics, communications, design, development, business administration, research, educational programing, and public outreach. Examples of groups considered to be historically underrepresented by Equitable Growth include but are not limited to:

  • First generation college students
  • Members of racial/ethnic groups including black/African American, Asian/Asian American, Hispanic/Latino(a), American Indian/Alaskan Native, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, multi-racial
  • Women
  • People who identify as LGBTQ+
  • People with disabilities
  • People who are economically disadvantaged
  • Veterans
  • Nontraditional students

How to apply:
Upload the documents outlined below into the Resume & Cover Letter field in the following Apply for Job section. Or, send the documents outlined below to Applications must be submitted by March 4, 2019.

  • A cover letter and resume
  • A 250-word statement describing how you would contribute to diversifying the field of economics, public policy, or social science
  • 2 professional references (Academic and/or professional)

PLEASE NOTE: Two letters of recommendation will be required for final-round candidates.

No phone calls please.

Apply for Job

  • Drop files here or
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Connect with us!

Explore the Equitable Growth network of experts around the country and get answers to today's most pressing questions!

Get in Touch