Jobs at EPI

Summer Internships for Undergraduate Students

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the nation’s leading progressive economic think tank, is seeking talented college undergraduates to serve as interns this summer in Washington, DC. There are three open positions, which are described below. The Economic Policy Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Overtime Policy Intern

The Overtime Policy Intern will work with EPI staff to help shape the white collar overtime rule the Department of Labor will propose in late summer or early autumn. Along with EPI staff, the intern will read and respond to as much as possible of what is written on the subject, will help identify and interview workers who would benefit from an improved regulation, do further analysis of the industries and occupations that would be most affected, write op-eds, and do briefings for the public and Capitol Hill audiences. The intern will aid in preparing an official comment to submit as part of the regulatory record and might prepare testimony for a regulatory hearing. The Overtime Policy Intern must be a strong researcher with excellent writing skills.

Broader Bolder Approach to Education (BBA) Policy Intern

The BBA Intern would engage in a variety of research-oriented tasks. These include conducting research on school districts that currently take comprehensive approaches to education in order to enhance current short “case studies” and add new ones. He or she would also focus on expanding BBA’s social media reach by increasing Facebook posts and tweets, following allies’ social media, and other items. Finally, the intern would help enhance BBA’s website by adding new content, and also help with preparation and materials for several BBA events over the coming months. EPI is searching for applicants who are smart, motivated, tech savvy, strong writers, and fairly independent workers.

Education Policy Intern

The EPI-EDU intern will work with EPI staff to help develop a study on how various states are utilizing value-added models (VAMs) to evaluate teachers’ performance. For this project, EPI staff will consider—and the intern will assist in—the development of an interview protocol/questionnaire to survey each state’s VAM characteristics. The intern will also collaborate in interviewing different agents involved in and affected by VA approaches. The EPI-EDU intern would be expected to have excellent analytical, communication, and writing skills, and an interest in education policy and the evaluation and economics of education.


Interns must identify a source of funding to pay for their employment, either from their university or a third-party source. Interns in previous years have received funding from such sources as the Roosevelt Institute.

To Apply

If you are interested in applying for any or all of these positions, please e-mail your résumé, cover letter, and a brief writing sample (no more than three pages) to Use “EPI Summer Internship Application” in your subject line and make sure to specify which of the positions for which you would like to apply in the body of your e-mail and in your cover letter. No phone calls please.