Jobs and Internships

Summer 2016 Internships

Want to grow your career in public policy analysis and advocacy? An EOI internship is a great place to start. Applicants do not have to be current students; however, internships may be tailored to satisfy requirements for school credit if mutually agreed.

About Our Internships: Given the dynamic nature of public policy work, candidates must be willing and able to work on a variety of issue areas as required – including, but not limited to: early learning, family leave insurance, minimum wage, paid sick days, state economy, higher education, health care, retirement security, social security, state economy, and state tax/budget issues. You’ll also need to be ready to support EOI’s communications and fundraising team by working with our staff to help organize advocacy and fundraising events, and complete occasional technical and administrative projects.

Through your experience with EOI, you’ll gain experience in policy research and development, fundraising and events, and putting communication strategies into action. You’ll learn the nuts-and-bolts of public policy work by:

  • Compiling and analyzing a wide range of economic and demographic data;
  • Drafting short reports and blog posts specific to policy areas, issues and initiatives;
  • Using social media to broaden/bolster interest in and connections to our work;
  • Connecting with people affected by the economic issues on which we work; and
  • Developing your understanding of what it takes to run a successful not-for-profit organization.

Desired Qualifications:

  • A genuine and demonstrable interest in progressive public policy issues surrounding broad-based economic opportunity and security.
  • Ability to research and understand complex policy subjects, and consistently write accurate, clear and compelling material suitable for publication in various contexts.
  • Superb organizational skills, very strong attention to detail, positive attitude, and flexibility on work assignments. Ability to consistently meet deadlines, prioritize tasks, stay on top of all to-do/follow-up items.
  • Willingness to take initiative and problem solve independently – and know when to seek support/outside assistance.
  • Ability to listen closely to instructions, clearly ask and answer questions, and accurately complete detail-oriented work including data entry and grant research.
  • Friendly and outgoing, willing and able to reach out via phone and in person to organize events and build relationships with organizational partners.
  • Demonstrable experience utilizing social media (particularly Facebook and Twitter) for grassroots lobbying, issue advocacy, etc.
  • Very strong facility with Microsoft Office, especially Word and Excel.

Note: it is not necessary to be a current student to apply for an EOI internship.

Schedule: Summer internships typically occur between June and September for a period of 12-15 weeks, at about 25 to 30 hours per week. Individual internships may bridge these seasons; exact start and end dates are flexible to accommodate individual/school calendars. Specific work hours are flexible, provided they fall during normal office hours (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.). Given the relatively short period of employment, working remotely is not possible except under special circumstances.

Stipend: EOI interns receive a stipend at regular intervals based on total hours worked during the internship. The hourly equivalent for this stipend is $15/hour. If necessary, this stipend may be broken into equal bi-monthly payments over the course of the internship to meet school requirements.

To Apply: Email the following items in a single PDF document to, with the subject line “Summer 2016 Internship” (no phone calls please):

  • A one-page cover letter and one- to two-page resume detailing how your interests, skills, and experience align with the specific requirements of this internship.
  • A writing sample showcasing your ability to write about a public policy issue for an interested – but not necessarily expert – audience.
  • Your edited version of this document:, as if you were submitting it to be posted on EOI’s blog.

Applications will be screened on a rolling basis starting in late April, with interviews and final selections in the weeks to follow.

EEOC Statement: The Economic Opportunity Institute is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, people of color, LGBTQ persons, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Staff Positions

Senior Policy Associate/Policy Associate

Reports to: Executive Director, Economic Opportunity Institute (EOI)

Location: Seattle, Washington

General Description: Conduct public policy research, disseminate findings to diverse audiences, and promote public policy change related to one or more of EOI’s policy areas, including: education (early learning, K-12 and higher education), economic mobility, and the Washington state economy.

About EOI: The Economic Opportunity Institute is a nonprofit public policy center; our mission is to build an economy that works for everyone by advancing public policies that promote educational opportunity, good jobs, healthy families and workplaces, and a dignified retirement for all. Our work involves high quality research, careful policy analysis and development, and strategic advocacy, coalition-building, and public communications, designed to develop pragmatic and innovative policy solutions that build long-term economic security for working families, primarily in Washington.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Conduct original and secondary research and work with stakeholder groups to identify key issues and develop pragmatic and progressive public policy proposals that: enhance early learning, K-12, and higher education (including public funding for these areas); foster and improve upward economic mobility (particularly for people of color, women, immigrants and other traditionally disadvantaged communities); and promote vibrant and equitable economic growth in Washington.
  2. Working with EOI communications staff, prepare and publish reports, briefs, fact sheets and other publications related to the issue areas noted above. Catalyze public discussion on these issue areas, via public presentations, interviews with local media, etc.
  3. Initiate, participate and provide technical advice and assistance for stakeholder groups working to advance related local and state public policy proposals, both in Washington and other states.
  4. Represent EOI to stakeholders, legislators, and the media at events, meetings, and public hearings. Carry out professional and legislative advocacy to advance policy objectives.
  5. Occasionally supervise the work, or portions of work, being completed by one or more EOI interns.

Required Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in economics, public policy, public administration, or a related fields or equivalent
  • Two to five years’ experience in public policy advocacy, research, or analysis
  • Strong skills in policy and economic analysis
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Internet and computer fluency
  • Confidence in public speaking
  • Ability to work well both independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of people

Compensation and Benefits: This is a full-time salaried position with a generous paid vacation and holiday package, medical and dental benefits and a retirement plan. Policy Associate base salary is $45,000; Senior Policy Associate base salary is $55,000; additional increments may apply, depending on previous applicable experience and education, according to established salary scale. Medical and dental benefits cover employee, spouse and all dependents. EOI contributes the equivalent of 10% of salary to a retirement fund after one year of employment. Paid time off begins at 4 weeks during the first year, with increases every other year until the 5th year of employment.

To Apply: Please email letter of interest and resume as a single PDF document to John Burbank at The letter of interest should specifically address how your skills and experience relate to the desired qualifications and responsibilities of the position.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting in mid-May.
Desired start date is July 1, 2016.

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