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Policy & Research Internship - Summer 2024

Research and Policy Intern Responsibilities

The intern will work directly with members of the policy and research teams and will:

  • Assist with a broad set of activities that support policy advancement at the federal and state level, such as legislative research, congressional briefing/hearings attendance, and memo drafting.
  • Complete research tasks as assigned, such as conducting literature reviews and background research; finding, organizing, and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data; and preparing memos, briefs, reports, and presentations.
  • Perform other administrative duties as assigned.
  • Typically work 10–12 weeks.
  • Typically work 30–40 hours per week.

Skills and Qualifications

We’re looking for recent graduates or graduate students interested in the intersection of research, public policy, and education. The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of or experience working on education research, national reform efforts, policy and advocacy, federal/state policies and processes, or within the education field.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Familiarity and experience with qualitative and quantitative research and analysis.
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Must be able to devote at least 30 hours per week for a term of at least 10 weeks.
    • The default term is approximately three months with the possibility of extending to up to 12 months.


Internship positions are paid. The stipend amount for full-time interns ranges from $3000–$3200 per month, commensurate with experience and education.


We offer remote and in-person internships. Our Palo Alto, CA, and Washington, DC, offices are open, and staff are welcome but not required to come in to the office.

To Apply

The application deadline for the Summer 2024 internship cycle is Friday, April 19, 2023.

To apply, please submit the following:

1. Your resume.

2. A cover letter that expresses your goals in pursuing this internship and how those align to LPI's values, your experiences with and interest in education or policy, and dates of availability.

3. Contact information for three references (including phone number and/or email addresses) 

4. A writing sample that highlights your research and analysis skills, between 2-10 pages (excerpted as necessary), and in which you are the primary author.

If you have any questions, please email