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Contract Brief Writer

The American Youth Policy Forum is looking for an experienced brief writer to support our communications efforts on a contract basis. AYPF’s Capitol Hill forums and discussion groups bring together educators, policymakers, and researchers in an effort to bridge education and youth policy, practice, and research.The brief writer will be responsible for writing clear, concise, accurate briefs of the events to post on AYPF’s website. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Summarizing key education policy, practice, and research topics accurately
  • Delivering clear, concise, proofread briefs on deadline
  • Traveling to Capitol Hill and Hall of States events up to several times per week

Ability to capture the essence of speakers’ presentations, and compose concise summaries Ability to extract overarching themes, rather than just providing a chronological narrative Desire to contribute their ideas to how best to report on day-long meetings in the most useful way possible to participants.

Please include two writing samples, two professional references, and a cover letter and resume.

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Internships at AYPF are substantive in nature, and interns are integral members of our team. Interns are expected to engage in a variety of activities, including researching and analyzing data, writing fact sheets and summaries, and planning and helping to run forums and briefings on Capitol Hill.  AYPF offers a variety of professional development opportunities, including participation in policy discussions and opportunities to learn about best practices in education and youth policy. In addition to working directly with our staff, interns benefit from ample opportunities to interact with our national network of leading researchers, practitioners, and policymakers by participating in meetings and events in Washington, DC. Interns at AYPF may be eligible for a stipend based on hours worked.

AYPF is offering opportunities to join our team as an Communications/Events Intern, and a Summer 2014 Research/Policy Intern. Read on to find out more on how to apply!

Events/Communications Intern

The American Youth Policy Forum is looking for an Events/Communications intern to support our events and communications staff. AYPF’s events include:

  • Capitol Hill forums
  • Webinars
  • Discussion groups
  • Study Tours

These events bring together educators, policymakers, and researchers in an effort to bridge education and youth policy, practice, and research. Our ideal candidate is motivated, detail-oriented, can juggle multiple tasks at once, and will have prior event and conference planning experience. The position involves supporting AYPF’s outreach and events, and is a great opportunity for a candidate interested in operations or event planning in a dynamic, high-profile organization. This position offers a monthly paid stipend. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Assemble print promotional materials for distribution at events
  • Help plan and coordinate travel, accommodations, catering
  • Work with Communications staff to produce webinars and prepare content for social media
  • Provide general support at AYPF events
  • Support operations, events, and communications staff on an as-needed basis


  • Prior event and operations experience (preferably in an executive or conference setting)
  • Available 20-24 hours per week (preferably Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)
  •  Ability to support AYPF on Capitol Hill and Hall of States up to several times a week
  • Ability to adjust, expect the unexpected, and work in a collaborative team environment

This application process is rolling. Please include s cover letter, resume, and two professional references. Please feel free to also include a professional portfolio with your application. When applying, please contact gknowles@aypf.org. Please specify the title of the internship you are applying for in the subject line, and include your last name in the title of your resume document.

Research/Policy Intern:

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Work with program staff to collect data for briefing papers, fact sheets, and publications.
  • Research promising practices to help identify potential programs to highlight in publications, forums, and study tours.
  • Track and analyze effective youth policies and practices in states and districts.
  • Assist with communications to key contacts on Capitol Hill.


  • Position requires an extremely organized, highly self-motivated, detail-oriented, and self-confident individual who can work effectively and independently. Candidates should have strong writing, research, and communication skills.
  • Experience using MS Office and Access database is a plus.
  • AYPF seeks undergraduate and graduate student interns with an interest in and commitment to improving the lives of youth.
  • An understanding of the nonprofit sector and a commitment to the mission and goals of AYPF
  • Ability to work at least 15-20 hours per week.

Here is what some of them have had to say about their experience at AYPF Please note that AYPF is now accepting applications for the Summer (June – August 2014) period. Our application process is rolling, and candidates selected for interviews will be contacted directly. Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications, we cannot respond to inquiries individually. To be considered for these internships, please upload your cover letter (including the period for which you’re applying), writing sample and resume and fill out the form below.

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AYPF is a great place for an internship.  The small working environment means not only do you have the opportunity to develop strong relationships with the rest of the staff, but it means you feel like you’re contributing substantially to the organization with the work you’re doing – rather than just making coffee and photocopying, for instance.  It also feels good to know the work you’re doing is socially beneficial as well.”

- S. Modak – University of Pennsylvania (Summer 2009 Intern)

The staff at AYPF is so warm and welcoming; they really make you feel like part of the team as well as open doors to experiences in the policy world. I would definitely recommend!

- J. D’Arminio – Cornell University (Spring 2008 Intern)

I have learned more about grants, office culture, organizational structure, strategic planning, and DC non-profit politics.  I have learned a great deal about juvenile justice, alternative education, No Child Left Behind, growth models, workforce development, and changing trends in education and how that affects economic opportunity.  Finally, I feel that this internship has shown me what, essentially, I like and how I can best do it.  I now know that I work better in a more active and structured atmosphere—I was not as successful researching independently as I thought I would be.”

- J. Jang – Wesleyan University (Summer 2006 Intern)

Congratulations on establishing such a positive, well-organized internship program and thank you for the opportunity to work at AYPF.  It was a truly enriching summer and I am leaving Washington with a lot of great take-aways and experiences.

- M. Luczak – Northwestern University (Summer 2010 Intern)


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