Economic Policy Project Internship Description
The Economic Policy Project (EPP) develops bipartisan policy recommendations designed to enhance the economic opportunity, prosperity, and security of the American people. In addition to developing recommendations, EPP provides timely analysis of fiscal and economic policy.
In 2018, BPC launched the Task Force on Higher Education Financing and Student Outcomes to rethink federal and state approaches to higher education in ways that promote affordability and accountability throughout the system. The task force will deliberate on a range of topics, creating a vision for the future of public policy’s role in postsecondary education – one that recognizes the changing student body, innovations in education, and the demands of America’s 21st century economy.
EPP also continues to be a trusted leader in federal fiscal policy, particularly in analyzing the budget and debt limit. EPP’s debt limit analyses have long been widely cited both in the media and directly by policymakers. EPP’s first analysis of the federal debt limit was led by now Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell during his time as a Fellow at BPC.
Continuing EPP’s work on retirement policy, the Funding Our Future campaign was launched in 2018 by the Bipartisan Policy Center and financial advisor Ric Edelman. The goal of the campaign is to raise the profile of challenges facing the American retirement system and to strengthen people’s ability to retire securely in America. The campaign is now made up of a diverse set of more than 30 educational and private sector partner organizations, crossing political and geographical divides.
Prior to the launch of Funding Our Future, EPP released the final report of its Commission on Retirement Security and Personal Savings, a two-year effort that produced a comprehensive package of bipartisan recommendations aimed at improving retirement security.
Other areas where EPP has done substantial work include tax reform, sequestration and the federal budget process.
The intern will support long-term policy projects and papers, conducting background research and writing. They will also draft blog posts and assist staff in preparing responses to Hill and media requests. Other facets of the internship include: monitoring major congressional activity, analyzing budget documents, and event planning. The intern will be asked to handle multiple assignments and switch between them depending on EPP’s needs.
- Must be an enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate school
- Strong research and writing skills
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively
- An interest in fiscal and economic policy topics, such as higher education, retirement savings, and federal budget policy.
- Strong quantitative analysis skills; proficiency with Microsoft Excel preferred