Internship Opportunities

Fall 2022 & Spring 2023 Research and Policy Internship Position(s)


About Us

AYPF is a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional development organization based in Washington, DC working to bridge the gap between research, practice, and policy. AYPF’s mission is to educate, engage, and inform policymakers and practitioners about education, youth, and workforce policies to improve the lives and outcomes of traditionally underserved youth. We carry out this mission by providing research-based information and resources, first-hand learning experiences, convenings, and peer-to-peer networking exchanges to policymakers and youth-serving leaders at the national, state, and local levels.


Internship Description

Internships at AYPF are substantive in nature, and interns are integral members of our team. AYPF offers a variety of professional development opportunities, including participation in policy discussions and opportunities to learn about best practices in education, delinquency, child welfare, workforce development, and other areas of 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.

Please indicate which semester you are applying for in your cover letter. If the Fall 2022 intern is a good fit and is interested, AYPF will consider extending their internship to Spring 2023.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Review, analyze, and summarize research, legislation, and policy for inclusion in our Information Hubs, blogs, briefing papers, fact sheets, publications, and study tours.
  • Support the creation, execution, and evaluation of events.
  • Draft blogs and/or other written materials on education and/or workforce issues.



  • Deep interest in and commitment to improving the lives of youth and AYPF’s mission.
  • Extremely organized, highly self-motivated, detail-oriented, and self-confident individual.
  • Person who can work effectively and independently.
  • Strong writing, research, and communication skills.
  • Basic understanding of policymaking at the federal, state, and/or local level.
  • Experience drafting blog posts, articles, fact sheets, and other written materials.
  • Ability to work at least 24 hours per week.
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) proficiency.



Graduate students will be provided a stipend as follows:

  • 40 hours per week: $1,500/month
  • 32 hours per week: $1,250/month
  • 24 hours per week: $1,000/month

Undergraduate students will be provided a stipend as follows:

  • 40 hours per week: $1,200/month
  • 32 hours per week: $1,000/month
  • 24 hours per week: $800/month


To be considered for an internship, please send a resume, writing sample, list of references, and cover letter to Christine Veney, Director of Finance and Administration, at Please specify “Fall 2022 & Spring 2023 Research and Policy Internship” (or your semester of preference) in the subject line and include your last name in the title of all your application materials.

Note that the successful candidate will be working remotely most of the time. When it is safe to do so, we will be hosting and participating in in-person meetings and events in the DC area.

Our application process is rolling, and candidates selected for interviews will be contacted directly. Unfortunately, due to the expected volume of applications, we cannot respond to inquiries individually.