Economic Policy Project Internship Description

Project Background

For the first time in our nation’s history, we face the prospect of passing to future generations an economy in decline due to crushing and unsustainable debt. In November 2010, BPC’s Debt Reduction Task Force released Restoring America’s Future, a plan to stimulate the economy, reduce projected federal budget deficits, and place our nation on a sustainable fiscal path. Co-chaired by former Senate Budget Committee Chairman Pete Domenici (R-NM) and Dr. Alice Rivlin (former Clinton OMB Director, CBO Director and Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve), the Task Force formed much of the basis for the plan released by the presidentially-appointed Simpson-Bowles Commission last December.

Since the release, the Economic Policy Project (EPP) has been doing a significant amount of advocacy work – on the Hill and in the media – promoting the report, and more generally, short-term economic growth along with long-term deficit reduction. Over the past year, Domenici and Rivlin have testified before Congress on numerous occasions and they (along with other members of the Task Force) have co-authored over a dozen op-eds. EPP has been at the center of fiscal policy discussions in Congress and plans to continue strengthening that role in the coming year. In addition, the project will begin diving into the recently-passed Dodd-Frank financial reform bill and forming a small commission of prominent figures to lead that effort.

Responsibilities

This internship will be split between working on long-term research, drafting economic policy posts for BPC's blog, and assisting staff in preparing responses to Hill and media requests. Other facets of the internship include: monitoring major Congressional activity, analyzing budget documents, event planning, and active engagement on numerous issues ranging from fundraising to communications. The fall intern will be asked to handle multiple assignments and switch between them depending on EPP’s needs.

Qualifications

  • Must be an enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate school
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively
  • An interest in the federal budget and fiscal policy

Posting Type: 

Internship