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Labor Market Policy Internship – Fall 2017

Location: Washington, DC

Department: Labor Market Policy

Type: Internship

Min. Experience: Student (College)

As an intern in the labor market policy issue area, you will report directly to Ben Gitis, Director of Labor Market Policy at the American Action Forum. Gitis has extensively researched and written about the minimum wage, wage subsidies, paid family leave, immigration enforcement, poverty, regulatory cost burdens on businesses and workers, and the labor market consequences of the Affordable Care Act. His work has been referenced by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, the LA Times, CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, Bloomberg, Reuters, the Associated Press, and others.

Labor Market Policy interns will primarily focus on policy matters related to employment, pay, poverty, and workforce training. This focus will also include efforts to better understand and communicate how national and local economic policies interact with the labor market. As part of this effort, interns will work on general macroeconomic issues. Interns may also be asked to collaborate with other AAF policy teams, such as Education and Immigration, to examine how their policy issues impact job creation, employment, and compensation.

A few examples of potential projects include:

  • Research, analyze data, and draft reports on key elements of economic and labor market policy, including minimum wage increases, paid leave laws, immigration enforcement, union organizing trends, workforce training/skills development, and public assistance programs
  • Compile, organize, and analyze labor market datasets
  • Track upcoming labor laws and regulations, such as local minimum wage increases, Department of Labor rulemaking, and National Labor Relations Board decisions
  • Compose issue briefs on emerging areas of labor market policy

Responsibilities

As part of the internship, your responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Research assistance: Interns will provide research assistance and data collection for their issue area director when in the office
  • Event attendance: Interns will attend Capitol Hill hearings, private speaker events, and events held by other DC think tanks to analyze and report on the information presented
  • Forum event support: Interns will help promote, run, and evaluate all Forum events
  • Semester project: Interns will write a paper on a topic of their choice to be completed by the end of the semester. Issue area directors will assist the interns with their research and writing - the final papers will be published on the Forum’s website

Hours and Compensation

  • Interns must be available for 20 to 29 hours per week
  • Interns will be provided an hourly wage
  • Interns will be responsible for bringing their own computer/equipment
  • This is a part-time, paid internship

Qualifications

  • Excellent writing ability and communication skills
  • An interest in the politics and policies of center-right conservatives
  • Self-starting attitude
  • Quantitative skills are required

How to Apply

Please include in your application a preferred start date, resume, cover letter, and writing sample of less than 1,000 words. 

Documents must be submitted as a PDF file with the following file name:

  • Resume: LastName_Resume_Labor
  • Cover Letter: LastName_CL_Labor
  • Writing Sample: LastName_WS_Labor

 

(Example: Jane Doe’s Resume – Doe_Resume_Labor)

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