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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.

Spring 2019 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.
  • Author and co-author blog posts, articles, fact sheets, and other written materials.
  • 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 education policy and a commitment to the mission and goals of AYPF.
  • Ability to work at least 15-20 hours per week.

Please note that AYPF is now accepting applications for the Spring 2019 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.

Please include a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and two professional references. Feel free to also include a professional portfolio with your application. When applying, please contact Loretta Goodwin. Please specify the title of the internship and period you are applying for in the subject line, and include your last name in the title of your resume document.

Here is what some of our past interns have to say about their experience at AYPF:

From my first day at AYPF, I immediately felt welcomed and valued as part of the team. The substantial work and collegial atmosphere gave me the support I needed to develop professionally and deepen my knowledge of education policy. The internship itself was very structured yet still allowed outlets for autonomy to explore and write about my own particular interests in education. AYPF interns also get to take full advantage of the opportunities and events in Washington, D.C. I highly recommend!

– A. Shachat – (Summer 2016 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)

Interning at AYPF afforded me the opportunity to engage with the policy world, and refine my research and writing skills all with the help of an ultra supportive team encouraging me along the way! Truly an enhancing and enriching semester and I would recommend anyone interested to apply!

– M. Weiss – Georgetown University (Spring 2018 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)


AYPF events are outstanding!  There is no other venue for obtaining this type of information… and always of high quality.

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