Economic Policy Project Internship Description
The Economic Policy Project (EPP) is committed to developing bipartisan policy recommendations to enhance the financial prosperity and security of the American people. EPP also provides timely analysis of fiscal and economic policy.
Over the past several years, EPP has significantly impacted the national discussion on fiscal policy. For example, in 2010, BPC’s Debt Reduction Task Force—a bipartisan group of federal budget experts, academics, former elected officials, and key stakeholders led by former Senator Pete Domenici and Dr. Alice Rivlin—released Restoring America’s Future, a comprehensive deficit reduction plan for the country. Policymakers have already enacted some of the recommendations contained therein, but there is more work to be done, and one component of the project’s ongoing efforts is advancing policies consistent with that report.
Since 2011, EPP has produced analyses predicting the timing and explaining the potential consequences of breaching the debt limit. The work was cited widely by media outlets and members of Congress. With more fiscal impasses (including another debt limit fight) on the horizon, much of EPP’s time continues to be spent on providing information and analysis that helps to move the policy debate, and lawmakers in particular, in a productive direction.
For the past year, EPP has been focused on staffing BPC’s Commission on Retirement Security and Personal Savings, which is developing policy recommendations to improve Americans’ financial and retirement security through changes to the private-sector retirement system and Social Security. A final report is scheduled to be released later in 2015. This will be a major component of EPP’s work for the remainder of the year.
Other areas where EPP has done substantial work include tax reform, sequestration and the federal budget process.
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 and event planning. The fall 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 economic policy—specifically, fiscal policy (i.e., the federal budget) and savings and retirement issues
- Strong quantitative analysis skills; proficiency with Microsoft Excel preferred.