Jobs

PPI periodically searches for staff to fill full-time positions. PPI routinely hires interns for Spring, Summer, and Winter in our Washington, D.C. office. We are currently accepting intern applications for Spring 2019 only. PPI has no set term for start and end dates for each semester.


Digital Director/Deputy Communications Director

Competition Policy Director

Tax Policy Analyst

Public Affairs Intern

Editorial Intern

Economics Intern

Education Policy Intern


Digital Director/Deputy Communications Director

The Progressive Policy Institute seeks a creative Digital Director/Deputy Communications Director to join our Communications and Public Affairs team. This position is responsible for producing and executing a strategic digital and social media program and performing outreach to members of the media. This position will lead, design and execute a vibrant, powerful, next-generation digital engagement strategy to help shape the conversation on social platforms and in the media about the future of pro-growth progressive politics in the U.S. and abroad.

Strong organizational skills and a self-starter attitude are musts for this role. Must be willing to work in a team-oriented environment and juggle multiple tasks at once.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Crafts strategic vision for innovative digital program to promote organization policy proposals and priorities, boost online engagement, and drive media attention
  • Works closely with senior staff to align content and program with organization’s advocacy, communications, fundraising, and policy objectives while supporting organization’s overall goals
  • Develops and implements digital strategies to grow and manage social media following and email subscriber lists to increase engagement and support
  • Closely monitors current events to create relevant digital campaigns that promote organization and senior staff
  • Designs and manages online presence, including website, social media, event and campaign-specific microsites and blog
  • Oversees CRM system, including oversight of e-newsletter and press lists, online actions and other functions as needed
  • Helps organize, market, and execute large-scale public events
  • Performs outreach to media and press to promote organization policy proposals and senior staff
  • Drafts, edits, and distributes press releases, statements, and blog items
  • Reports to Director of Communications & Public Affairs, Executive Director, and President

Requirements

  • 3-5 years in digital media and communications
  • Demonstrated ability to create engaging digital and social media content
  • Experience building and managing digital marketing and engagement strategies, including search, social media, paid advertising, and email
  • Multimedia podcast and video skills
  • Able to use data to evaluate and improve digital program
  • Experience engaging with members of the press preferred
  • An interest in center-left politics
  • A positive and hardworking attitude
  • A bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, media, or other related field a plus but not required

Benefits

  • Full-time position in Washington, D.C.
  • Salary is commensurate with experience
  • Excellent benefits include health insurance options, including dental
  • SIMPLE IRA with organization match

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and 1 design sample to jobs@ppionline.org with the subject line “Digital Director”. Please save all files as PDFs and begin the file name with First Name, Last Name, Document type (e.g. JohnSmithCover.pdf).


Competition Policy Director

PPI seeks an accomplished economist and/or competition policy analyst to develop fresh perspectives on issues related to economic concentration, monopoly and monopsony, anti-trust law, and barriers to market entry.  The position requires solid research and writing skills, and the ability to grapple creatively with questions about market power, right-sizing companies in global competition; innovation and size; competition in innovation ecosystems, defining consumer harm in an era of “free” internet and social media services; and long-term investment.

This person will join a solid team of economic, political and communications experts that will help shape the debate on competition policy.  PPI is fully engaged in competition policy debates in Washington, DC, Asia, South America, Brussels, London and across Europe and this position will have the opportunity to engage with regulators and policymakers from these areas.

PPI is the best fit for a team player that can work independently and bring a comparative perspective on various approaches to competition policy. Responsibilities will focus on self-directed research and writing, as well as networking PPI’s ideas globally.

Qualifications

  • 5+ years of direct public policy experience
  • Master’s degree preferred, Bachelor’s Required
  • Degree/work background in a related field including but not limited to, Economics, Law, or Public Policy
  • Available for 10% to 20% travel, domestically and abroad

Benefits

  • Full-time position in Washington, D.C.
  • Salary is commensurate with experience
  • Excellent benefits include health insurance options, including dental
  • SIMPLE IRA with organization match

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to jobs@ppionline.org with the subject line “Competition Policy Director”. Please save all files as PDFs and begin the file name with First Name, Last Name, Document type (e.g. JohnSmithCover.pdf).


 

Tax Policy Analyst

The Progressive Policy Institute is seeking a tax policy analyst to assist PPI’s Center for Funding America’s Future with developing tax reform proposals as part of a comprehensive fiscal agenda leading into the 2020 presidential election. Our objective is to present candidates and voters with an innovative package of proposals to modernize social insurance programs for 21st-century demographics, champion public investment, create a fairer and simpler tax code, put our nation on a sustainable fiscal trajectory, and foster robust and inclusive economic growth.

Applicants should have a clear understanding of both the federal tax system and how it relates to the funding of Social Security and Medicare, as well as strong analytical and writing skills. The ideal candidate for this position is also someone who can work well both collaboratively and independently as needed.

Responsibilities

  • Assisting with the development of policy recommendations for creating a fairer and simpler tax code that promotes greater economic growth and opportunity
  • Compiling and analyzing tax policy data from government agencies and other think tanks
  • Writing and editing reports, policy memos, blogs, press releases, and op-eds
  • Generating visualizations of data, such as charts and infographics
  • Tracking legislative and political developments in tax policy

 Qualifications  

  • Bachelor’s degree in economics or a related field
  • A minimum of two years of tax policy work experience, or a graduate degree in public policy or a related field
  • Firm grasp of the federal tax code and legislative process
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills
  • Advanced quantitative capabilities, including proficiency with Microsoft Excel
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently on multiple tasks in a time-sensitive manner
  • Familiarity with reports and datasets from CBO, JCT, OMB, GAO, and other government agencies
  • Ability to think creatively about ways to communicate complicated policy issues to the general public
  • Ability to take initiative, problem-solve, and think strategically
  • Social media savvy to help promote PPI work products

Benefits

  • Full-time position in Washington, D.C.
  • Salary is commensurate with experience
  • Excellent benefits include health insurance options, including dental
  • SIMPLE IRA with organization match

Terms of Employment

This position is part of a project will last from September 2018 to May 2019, but there may be an opportunity to extend or make employment permanent depending on performance and available funding. The candidate selected to fill this position will report to the Director of the Center for Funding America’s Future.

About PPI

PPI is a nonprofit think tank that seeks to define and promote a new progressive politics for the 21st century. PPI was the main purveyor of policy innovations to Bill Clinton’s New Democrats — break-the-mold ideas that also migrated to Britain and other democratic countries around the world under the rubric of the “third way.” Today, PPI remains at the forefront of promoting a pragmatic and responsible progressivism with a focus on center-left issues in areas such as economic growth, fiscal responsibility, education reform, and regulatory reform.

About the Center for Funding America’s Future

The PPI Center for Funding America’s Future was launched in early 2018 to champion a fiscally responsible public investment agenda. We tackle issues of public finance in the United States and offer innovative proposals to strengthen the foundation of our economy and build shared prosperity. The candidate selected to fill this position will have the unique opportunity to help shape the agenda of a new and growing project at a time when there are few voices on the left calling for “paid-up” progressivism.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to jobs@ppionline.org with the subject line “Tax Policy Analyst”. Please save all files as PDFs and begin the file name with First Name, Last Name, Document type (e.g. JohnSmithCover.pdf).


Public Affairs Internship

The Progressive Policy Institute is seeking public affairs interns for Spring 2019.

PPI is a nonprofit think tank that seeks to define and promote a new progressive politics for the 21st century. PPI was the main purveyor of policy innovations to Bill Clinton’s New Democrats — break-the-mold ideas that also migrated to Britain and other democratic countries around the world under the rubric of the “third way.” Today, PPI remains at the forefront of promoting a pragmatic and responsible progressivism with a focus on center-left issues in areas such as economic growth, education reform, and regulatory reform.

An ideal candidate will be a political and news junkie with prior experience working in public affairs. Must have a genuine interest in domestic politics, foreign policy, current national issues and a working knowledge of social media networks. Excellent written and verbal communications skills, strong organizational and multitasking skills, exceptional interpersonal skills, and the facility to drive results and to consistently meet deadlines are a must.

Intern responsibilities:
• Compiling and organizing daily news clips
• Fact checking releases, op-eds, studies, and reports
• Copy-editing
• Updating press and media contact lists
• Assisting with the organization’s viral media and social networking operations
• Conducting research and compiling statistics for editorial and web materials
• Occasionally drafting statements, op-eds and press releases
• Laying-out website and press materials
• Assisting with daily operations
• General office work

Qualifications include:
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office
• Strong internet skills and intuition
• Excellent verbal and writing skills
• Ability to be a team player and to work in a fast-paced environment
• Flexibility and dedication
• Knowledge of AP Style
• Interest in politics and foreign policy
• Intellectual curiosity

Preferred:
• Experience working with press
• Experience working with the blogosphere
• Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suites
• Knowledge of social-networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
• Appreciation for image
• Graphic design sensibility

We are currently seeking interns interested in working (approximately 20 to 30 hours) during regular weekday hours, but are flexible to other hours based on students’ needs.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and 1-2 writing samples (2-5 pages in length each) to internship@ppionline.org. Please save all files as PDFs and begin the file name with First Name, Last Name, Document type e.g. John Smith Cover Writing Sample 2.pdf. In your email and cover letter, please mention which semester you are applying for. No phone calls please. Due to the number of applications, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.


Editorial Intern

The Progressive Policy Institute is looking for editorial interns for Spring 2019.

PPI is a nonprofit think tank that seeks to define and promote a new progressive politics for the 21st century. PPI was the main purveyor of policy innovations to Bill Clinton’s New Democrats — break-the-mold ideas that also migrated to Britain and other democratic countries around the world under the rubric of the “third way.” Today, PPI remains at the forefront of promoting a pragmatic and responsible progressivism with a focus on center-left issues in areas such as economic growth, education reform, and regulatory reform.

Editorial interns will:

• Assist in researching, fact-checking, and copyediting policy reports, op-eds, and blog posts for our website.
• Help us find prospective authors and leading thinkers on different policy areas by monitoring policy journals, political magazines, newspapers, and blogs.
• Perform some production duties, such as finding photos and art for our publications and posts, publishing edited blog posts in WordPress, laying out policy reports and memos in Adobe InDesign, and other related tasks.
• Correspond with authors and assist the managing editor in handling workflow.
• Assist with office and general administrative duties.

We are looking for interns with strong writing and editing skills, exceptional critical thinking, a keen eye for detail and accuracy, and familiarity with Microsoft Office and Internet research. Familiarity with Macs, Photoshop, and InDesign is a huge plus.

The ideal candidate is a policy wonk and a political junkie, with experience working on the college newspaper or other publications.

We are currently seeking interns interested in working (approximately 20 to 30 hours) during regular weekday hours, but are flexible to other hours based on students’ needs.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and 1-2 writing samples (2-5 pages in length each) to internship@ppionline.org. Please save all files as PDFs and begin the file name with First Name, Last Name, Document type e.g. John Smith Cover Writing Sample 2.pdf. In your email and cover letter, please mention which semester you are applying for. No phone calls please. Due to the number of applications, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.


Economics Internship – Spring 2019

PPI is a nonprofit think tank that seeks to define and promote a new progressive politics for the 21st century. PPI was the main purveyor of policy innovations to Bill Clinton’s New Democrats — break-the-mold ideas that also migrated to Britain and other democratic countries around the world under the rubric of the “third way.” Today, PPI remains at the forefront of promoting a pragmatic and responsible progressivism with a focus on center-left issues in areas such as economic growth, education reform, and regulatory reform.

An ideal candidate will be someone with a thorough knowledge of and passion for economics and policy. Must have a genuine interest in domestic politics, foreign policy, and current national issues.

Economics intern’s primary responsibility:

• PPI’s economic research and policy work spans a wide range of topics, including the data-driven economy, the impact of regulation on innovation, and policies to improve production, investment and job growth, and more. The economics intern will assist PPI’s economists and contributors in researching and copyediting policy reports, op-eds, and blog posts for our website.

An Economics intern may also:

• Perform some production duties, such as finding photos and art for our publications and posts, publishing edited blog posts in WordPress, maintaining a social media presence, laying out policy reports and memos in Adobe InDesign, and other related tasks.
• Assist with office and general administrative duties.

Qualifications:

• Coursework or other proven knowledge of economic tools and thinking
• Advanced Microsoft Excel skills
• Excellent research and writing skills
• Working knowledge of politics and policy
• Strong organizational and multitasking skills
• The ability to self-start and meet deadlines

We are currently seeking interns interested in working (approximately 20 to 30 hours) during regular weekday hours, but are flexible to other hours based on students’ needs.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and 1-2 writing samples (2-5 pages in length each) to internship@ppionline.org. Please save all files as PDFs and begin the file name with First Name, Last Name, Document type e.g. John Smith Cover Writing Sample 2.pdf. In your email and cover letter, please mention which semester you are applying for. No phone calls please. Due to the number of applications, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. 


Education Policy Internship

PPI is seeking a Spring 2019 intern to fill this position.

PPI is a nonprofit think tank that seeks to define and promote a new progressive politics for the 21st century. PPI was the main purveyor of policy innovations to Bill Clinton’s New Democrats — break-the-mold ideas that also migrated to Britain and other democratic countries around the world under the rubric of the “third way.” Today, PPI remains at the forefront of promoting a pragmatic and responsible progressivism with a focus on center-left issues in areas such as economic growth, education reform, and regulatory reform.

The ideal candidate is an education policy wonk with previous or current education experience (B.A. in Education, TFA, M.Ed., teaching, etc.) and experience working on the college newspaper or other publications. The ideal candidate will also be familiar with ESSA, charter school policy, and our Reinventing America’s Schools project prior to beginning the internship.

The education policy intern will:

  • Assist in fact-checking, proofreading, and copyediting policy reports, op-eds, and blog posts for our website
  • Conduct research and compile statistics for editorials and reports
  • Monitor education websites and publications to help us stay up-to-date with the latest education news and innovations in education reform
  • Update and communicate with our list of over 7,000 interested parties
  • Attend education forums and panel discussions in Washington, D.C.
  • Update social media for Reinventing America’s Schools
  • Assist with daily operations and perform general administrative responsibilities.

 

Qualifications include:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Strong research skills
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Ability to task-switch and work on multiple projects
  • Knowledge of AP Style
  • Strong internet skills and intuition
  • Interest in education reform
  • An understanding of/ familiarity with the ideology behind PPI’s education project
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Reading David Osborne’s Reinventing America’s Schools prior to beginning the internship

We are currently seeking an intern interested in working (approximately 20 hours) during regular weekday hours, but are flexible to other hours based on students’ needs.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and 1-2 writing samples (2-3 pages in length each) to elanghorne@ppionline.org with the subject line: Education Policy Internship.

Please save all files as PDFs and begin the file name with First Name, Last Name, Document type e.g. John Smith Cover Writing Sample 2.pdf. In your email and cover letter, please mention which semester you are applying for. No phone calls please. Due to the number of applications, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.