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Fall 2022 Fundraising and Development Intern

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is a high-caliber strategic policy institute that informs and shapes public policies to reduce poverty, promote equity, and build opportunity. It has a national reputation for conducting rigorous research and analysis, developing evidence-based policy ideas and strategies, shaping a broad array of policy debates at the federal and state levels, and influencing policy outcomes on a range of critical issues. It focuses on improving the lives of people with low or moderate incomes and examines how policies affect particular groups, including Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ people. The Center is known for its unique capacity to blend rigorous, timely analysis with effective communications that enable policymakers and the media to make use of its work.

The Development department, in close collaboration with executive leadership and senior analysts, raises the Center’s operating budget and is accountable to foundation funders and major donors through reports, program updates, and phone and in-person meetings. A team of writers develops proposals and reports. Major donor fundraising focuses on stewardship and solicitation through salon-style events, in-person meetings, and program briefings. The department’s senior leadership explores new funding sources and major donor prospects through relationship-building and in-depth funder and donor research using multiple search engines and websites. The Fundraising and Development Intern will have opportunities to learn about the funding and donor community, as well as the Development department’s singular role in keeping the Center well-resourced. Among other tasks, the intern will research funders and philanthropic trends, assist in editing and writing foundation and donor reports and correspondence, help maintain and improve information systems, and provide support to the Center’s growing individual donor program and grants management operations.


  • Strong academic background, organizational skills, and an interest in the Center’s mission
  • Interest in policy and nonprofit fundraising and management
  • Prior work experience at a nonprofit organization (program assistant, intern, volunteer, etc.)
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Database experience a plus
  • Education: current undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent graduates

Successful interns will have a commitment to the Center’s mission to improve the well-being of low- and moderate-income people and advance racial equity.

To expand the diversity of voices that speak with authority in federal and state policy debates, the Center’s internship program identifies highly motivated candidates —particularly those with experience with communities that are underrepresented in policy debates — with a demonstrated interest in working on public policies that affect low-income and diverse communities and have implications for racial equity.

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 United States 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.)

Application Deadline: June 9, 2022, 11:59 p.m. EST
Fall 2022 Internship Start Date: September 6, 2022
Internship End Date: mid-December 2022

The Center’s fall internship will be remote. Remote interns must be in the U.S. for the duration of the internship. Intern work hours are generally expected to be during core Eastern time business hours. Interns located in the Washington, D.C. metro area during the fall term may have the optionto work on a hybrid schedule that includes at least two days per week in-person at our D.C. office.


  • Undergraduate students receive $15.20 per hour.
  • Students with a bachelor's degree receive $16.20 per hour.
  • Graduate students receive $17.20 per hour.
  • Students with a master’s or law degree receive $18.20 per hour.
  • Doctoral students may receive between $17.20 and $20.00 per hour, depending on progress toward completion of degree requirements, relevant coursework, and research.

Required application materials: 

  • Cover letter (Please include a discussion of what draws you to the mission of the Center and the work of the team to which you’re applying.)
  • Résumé
  • Transcript(s)

Only complete applications submitted electronically through our system will be considered. Once you submit your application, you will receive an electronic confirmation. Applications submitted by mail or email will not be accepted. Visit for more information about the Center’s internship program. No phone calls, please.

Click the "Apply Externally" button to apply to the Fall 2022 Fundraising and Development internship.

If you have read all of the information on the website about internships at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and still have an inquiry about the application process, please email

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and welcomes diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages all qualified persons to apply regardless of race, color, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, credit information, pregnancy or parental status, family responsibilities, personal appearance, creed, military or veteran status, religion, ancestry or national origin, union activities, disability, or other status protected by applicable law.