Summer 2020 Food Assistance Intern

Center on Budget & Policy - Washington, DC

Temporary | Internship$14 an hour
Food Assistance Intern
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits working on public policy issues affecting low-income families and individuals. It has a national reputation for conducting rigorous research and analysis, developing policy ideas and strategies, shaping a broad array of policy debates at the federal and state levels, and influencing policy outcomes. It works on budget and tax policy, health care, and a range of programs important to low-income people.

The Center’s Food Assistance division works at both the state and federal levels to strengthen federal food assistance programs, primarily the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), by analyzing proposed changes in government policies, designing and sharing new ideas to improve the programs, providing technical assistance to policymakers, conducting research on the programs, and working with federal and state nonprofits on these issues. The food assistance intern compiles and analyzes data, assists with research projects, and monitors legislative developments related to SNAP, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and other nutrition assistance programs.

Education: Current graduate students or recent graduates, with coursework in public policy, economics, or statistics preferred
Candidates should have an interest in nutrition assistance
Demonstrated quantitative skills — experience working with Excel and the ability to pay close attention to detail. SPSS/STATA experience is a plus, but not required.
Experience with nutrition policy/social policy, law, and/or research experience highly preferred
Work experience with food banks or similar hunger-related organizations a plus
Application deadline: February 1, 2020

Summer 2020 internship start dates: May 26, 2020 and June 1, 2020

Doctoral students may receive between $16.00 - $19.00, depending on progress towards completion of degree requirements, relevant coursework, and research.
Students with a master’s or law degree receive $17.00 per hour.
Graduate students receive $16.00 per hour.
Students with a bachelor's degree receive $15.00 per hour.
Undergraduate students receive $14.00 per hour.
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 U.S. 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.)

Required application materials. Please submit the following:
Cover letter (please include a discussion of what draws you to the mission of the Center)
Contact information for two references
Only complete applications submitted electronically will be considered. Once you submit your application, you will receive an electronic confirmation. Applications submitted by mail or email will not be accepted. Due to the volume of applications received, only candidates who will be interviewed will be contacted. We are unable to respond to individual inquiries about the status of your application. Visit for more information about the Center's internship program. No phone calls, please.

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The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and welcomes diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages all qualified persons to apply regardless of any protected status under federal or local law including Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.