Apply Now: Paid Student Internships at the Bipartisan Policy Center
The Bipartisan Policy Center is a Washington, DC-based think tank that actively fosters bipartisanship by combining the ideas from both parties to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans.
BPC offers paid internships during the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. This gives students a chance to work in Washington, D.C. alongside its policy experts and across a range of different issue areas. Throughout the internship program, students get a chance to deeply engage with policy research, attend BPC and other local events, and witness policy development in the nation’s capital:
At the Bipartisan Policy Center, we take views from both parties and come together to find solutions. We take a similar collaborative approach to our internship program. The program is tailored to meet the goals of each intern in their professional and personal development. We allow significant input from the intern to create an internship experience that is both memorable and educational.
Interns that work with BPC’s various teams will have the opportunity to see bipartisanship in action. Interns see in real-time how people from both sides of the political spectrum work together to take the best ideas of both parties to create even better-lasting policies.
Inclusivity is both a core value and strategic strength. We invite anyone who wants to champion bipartisanship, regardless of their politics, demographics, identity of circumstance to join us. We extend this belief to our internship program, where we welcome all and respect those from different backgrounds.
At the Bipartisan Policy Center, we strive to create a holistic internship experience. We created a program that is conducive to the intern’s goals and provides a collaborative and intellectually stimulating environment. In addition to working with BPC’s various topic areas, the internship offers exposure to the policy-making process and the functions of a think tank, as well as a variety of professional development and networking opportunities with staff and other interns throughout the DC area.
Interns will be working with a specific BPC project or functional area. Interns must be rising juniors or above, or graduate students, or recent graduates. Interns will provide administrative support, assist with events and meetings, conduct research, and assist with the development and writing of reports, white papers, and proposals. While interns work closely with their project teams, there are also opportunities to learn from and be exposed to the wide range of issues addressed by the organization.
BPC semester programs are flexible, allowing students to gain valuable experience while maintaining their regular class schedules.
During the fall and spring semesters, internships are part-time and paid, and will receive a stipend of $3,000. Applicants must currently be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program or be a recent graduate. Fall and spring internship hours are flexible, but interns average 18-20 hours/per week, allowing students to gain valuable experience while maintaining their regular class schedule. Interns will provide functional support, conduct research, and work directly with project analysts and staff in various capacities.
BPC has a robust summer program. Interns work full time and will receive a $6,000 stipend for ten weeks of work. Interns must be rising juniors or above. Applicants must currently be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate program, or a recent graduate. Interns will provide functional support, conduct research, and work directly with project analysts and staff in various capacities.
Please submit all required materials via the BPC Careers page.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until a qualified candidate has been identified. Please do not send multiple submissions. Incomplete applications and applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Due to the number of applications received, BPC is unable to contact those who have not been selected for an internship. No phone calls, please. Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply but must have a valid work permit or visa verifying eligibility to work in the United States. BPC does not offer visa sponsorship.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, but the deadline for the Spring 2024 term is November 24, 2023.
About the organization
The Bipartisan Policy Center is a Washington, DC-based think tank that actively fosters bipartisanship by combining the best ideas from both parties to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans. Our policy solutions are the product of informed deliberations by former elected and appointed officials, business and labor leaders, and academics and advocates who represent both sides of the political spectrum. BPC prioritizes one thing above all else: getting things done.
BPC works to reconcile the competing aims of highly interested advocates, corporations, and policy experts and design politically viable consensus solutions. We seek out individuals and organizations that are deeply vested in the outcome of its policy projects and ask that they check absolutely nothing at the door, bringing all their passion, political perspectives, and interests to the table. BPC believes that the fundamental strength of American democracy is unity forged amid diversity, and we endeavor to represent this pluralism in all of our policy negotiations.
BPC focuses on policy solutions to strengthen our democracy, promote economic growth, opportunity and inclusion, address climate change and create better health outcomes for all Americans.
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