Full Time Positions

LOCATION: These positions are based in Washington, DC.

ABOUT WORKING AT PPI: These are permanent, full-time positions with excellent benefits, including comprehensive healthcare options. You’ll be joining a group of focused, hard-working, creative people who are passionate about doing work that’s challenging and fun—and who strive to maintain a healthy work/life balance.

PPI is committed to building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and everyone is encouraged to apply. PPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, national origin, protected veteran status, age, or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state, or local law.

APPLY: Please send a cover letter and resume to the emails provided for each position. No phone calls please. Due to the number of applications, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Internships

Applications for Spring 2021 internships are being accepted. Fall 2020 internship positions are filled.

PPI is still accepting internships during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and is exploring offering remote internships for the duration. Internship applicants for the Fall 2020 positions must have consistent access to a computer and internet, and be available for East Coast regular business hours (9:00 am to 5:00 pm). However, both the workload and total size of our cohort may be reduced. Expected workload may be closer to 15-20 hours a week. Familiarity with Google Docs a must.

PPI routinely hires interns for Spring, Summer, and Fall/Winter in our Washington, D.C. office. PPI has no set term for start and end dates for each semester, and acceptance is a rolling
process until all positions are filled. Spring semester applications for internships are accepted the year before from October 1st to December 31st. Summer semester applications are accepted from March 1st to May 15th. Fall semester applications are accepted from July 1st to September 15th. Intern applications are still welcome outside of these time slots, although decision making will not occur until the next acceptance period.


Social Policy Director

Managing Editor

State/Local Outreach Director

Copy Editor

Senior Level Press Secretary

Congressional Relations Director

Events Manager

Public Affairs Intern

Editorial Intern

Economics Intern

Education Policy Intern


Social Policy Director

PPI seeks an experienced researcher-writer to manage a new project on social mobility. Candidates should have several years’ of experience in domestic and social policy and strong writing skills. The project aims at developing innovative ideas for combatting wealth and income inequality in America, using digital technologies to modernize social service delivery and give low-income citizens more control over their lives. Broad familiarity with anti-poverty and asset-building programs required, as well as knowledge of career education and workforce development policies. Please send resume and cover letter to:

SocialPolicyDirector@ppionline.org

Managing Editor

PPI is looking for a Managing Editor for a new research center focused on technology and innovation policy issues.

The Managing Editor will:

Identify and commission research papers and policy analysis reports from a diverse array of writers and academics in the fields of economic innovation, tech entrepreneurship, public investment, and competition and regulatory policy. We are especially interested in identifying early-stage intellectuals and scholars.

Correspond with authors and manage all workflows with the goal of timely and relevant publications. Our goal is commissioning and publishing roughly 20 papers a year.

Lead in soliciting, managing, fact-checking, and copyediting papers, articles, and reports for a new quarterly journal in these areas.

Work closely with our technology and innovation policy team to identify potential authors and important unexplored policy areas. Monitor academic journals, policy journals, news media, and blogs.

We are looking for someone with strong writing and editing skills, exceptional critical thinking, and a keen eye for detail and accuracy.

The ideal candidate is someone who has managed or edited a quarterly journal, a law review, or other publication focused on longform content. Candidates who have managed a program that involves significant academic outreach and engagement are also encouraged to apply. Please send resume and cover letter to:

 ManagingEditor@ppionline.org

State/Local Outreach Director

PPI is seeking to hire a new State/Local outreach person to work with elected officials and other government officials in key States. This position will promote PPI policy ideas, create networks of audiences for the ideas and learn to leverage new ideas coming from leaders across the Country. This position is ideal for a creative person that believes in big, bold ideas for progressives. 5-10 years experience working in a State House, Governors office, Attorney Generals office or other non-federal position. Extensive travel required and this position does NOT have to be located in Washington, DC. Please send resume and cover letter to:
StateOutreachDirector@ppionline.org

Copy Editor

PPI is seeking a detail-oriented copy editor that will work with all the PPI teams. This is ideal for a fast worker as we pride ourselves in being timely with our written products. You will be editing opinion pieces, short policy papers and long policy papers. As we grow our team this position will help us maintain a consistent message across many different policy areas. 3-5 years experience required. Please send resume and cover letter to:

CopyEditor@ppionline.org

Senior Level Press Secretary

PPI is seeking a press secretary to manage our media outreach and expand the audience for PPI policy work. This position is for a creative individual that will seek ways to use PPI experts to engage in the news cycles around the work they are doing and seek new ways to bring attention to the work we do. Working to see that the political, media and other influencers pay attention to the policy and political work we do is central to this position. 10+ years experience is ideal and this is a highly compensated position for the right candidate. Former reporter, Senate/House Communications Director is the background we are seeking. Please send resume and cover letter to:CommunicationsDirector@ppionline.org

Congressional Relations Director

PPI is seeking a Director of Congressional relations to work with the PPI policy teams to engage on the issues they are working on and to work with Congressional offices to match up policy ideas they have with PPI experts. Strong ability to multi-task and be creative in the relationship building is key to this position. 3-5 years of working in a Congressional office required. Please send resume and cover letter to:

CongressionalDirector@ppionline.org

Events Manager

PPI is seeking an experienced events manager. This position will work on events in DC including large conferences, smaller events and Salon dinners. In addition PPI will host 2 large academic events yearly in international locations(these will rotate locations). This position is for a detailed individual that has 2-5 years experience setting up events and controlling costs for all events. Please send resume and cover letter to:

 EventsManager@ppionline.org

 

Public Affairs Internship

The Progressive Policy Institute is seeking public affairs interns.

PPI is a nonprofit center-left think tank that has been promoting pragmatic center-left ideas for over 30 years in Washington, D.C. 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 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 news and political 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 is a must.

Intern responsibilities:
• Fact-checking and drafting press releases, op-eds, studies, and reports
• Conducting research and compiling statistics for editorial and web materials
• Copy-editing
• Assisting with digital media programming
• Assisting with daily operations
• General office work

Qualifications include:
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office
• Strong digital media 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
• Interest in politics and foreign policy
• Intellectual curiosity

Preferred:
• Experience working with press or communication
• Experience working with the WordPress
• Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suites
• Knowledge of social-networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
• 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.

PPI is a nonprofit center-left think tank that has been promoting pragmatic center-left ideas for over 30 years in Washington, D.C. 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 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

PPI is a nonprofit center-left think tank that has been promoting pragmatic center-left ideas for over 30 years in Washington, D.C. 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 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 span 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 a nonprofit center-left think tank that has been promoting pragmatic center-left ideas for over 30 years in Washington, D.C. 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 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 internship@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, 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.