Applications for summer 2023 are now closed.
What we do and how interns help
Policy Matters Ohio is a non-profit, non-partisan policy research institute with offices in Cleveland and Columbus. We create a more vibrant, equitable, sustainable and inclusive Ohio through research, strategic communications, coalition building and policy advocacy. We study and advocate for progressive policies that serve everyone—not just the wealthy and well-connected. Interns help make that work possible by increasing our capacity to develop and distribute research products, and to engage with communities, activists and other stakeholders.
The work of a Policy Matters intern
Intern projects are co-created with staff mentors based on interns’ areas of interest, background and skills. We offer two internship tracks:
Research interns work with our research staff to collect and analyze data and develop research products related to workers’ rights, progressive revenue & budget, sustainability and shared prosperity. Research interns finish the program with at least one publication to add to their resumé. Policy Matters research interns have authored briefs, co-authored major papers, published opinion pieces and letters to the editor in major local news outlets, and contributed to our blog. *Some projects require significant work with quantitative data, while others involve deep dives into databases of scholarly research and legislation. We try to pair interns with projects best-suited to their experience and skills. If one or the other especially interests you, please note that in your introductory email.
Communications and Outreach interns learn fundamentals of strategic communication and how to apply a messaging framework. Comms & Outreach interns help develop social media campaigns and conduct traditional media monitoring, and participate in release planning with research staff. Comms & Outreach interns also work with our Outreach Director to experience first-hand the type of coalition- and movement-building necessary to advance policies that benefit working Ohioans, families and children. *If funding allows, we may recruit one person for the Communications track and another for Outreach. If one or the other especially interests you, please note that in your introductory email.
Our summer internship program runs from June 12—August 18, with some flexibility to account for individual schedules. Interns have formal relationships with at least two staff members: a mentor who is an expert in their area of work, and our program coordinator. The former develops projects, provides necessary skill training, feedback and technical expertise. The latter supervises the organization’s intern cohort (typically 4-6 interns), using our curriculum to help interns make connections among their individual work, the organization’s mission, and Ohio’s broader policy landscape. This approach lets us supplement interns’ career-oriented training in the work of a policy institute with opportunities to reflect on and process the experience, individually and among peers.
We are an equal opportunity employer committed to building an inclusive and equitable workplace. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply. All qualified candidates will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other class status.
Policy Matters offers a stipend of $15 per hour for qualified applicants who are not able to secure independent funding from their school.
First, get to know our work at policymattersohio.org, on Facebook @policymattersohio and Twitter @PolicyMattersOH. Then email Program Coordinator Ben Stein with a resumé and writing sample of no more than five pages. (Select a piece of writing that represents what you believe is the kind of work we produce.) If you qualify for an internship, we will reach out to schedule an interview. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.
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