Internship Opportunities

Fall 2021 Research and Policy Intern


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. Interns receive a monthly stipend.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Work with program staff to review, analyze, and summarize research, legislation, and policy proposals for inclusion in our Information Hubs, blogs, briefing papers, fact sheets, publications, and study tours.
  • Track and analyze effective youth policies and practices in states and districts.
  • Work with communications and program staff to update Information Hubs and blogs on AYPF’s website.


  • Strong writing, research, and communication skills.
  • Experience drafting blog posts, articles, fact sheets, and other written materials.
  • Extremely organized, highly self-motivated, detail-oriented, and self-confident individual.
  • Person who can work effectively and independently.
  • Deep interest in and commitment to improving the lives of youth and AYPF’s mission.
  • Basic understanding of policymaking at the federal, state, and/or local level.
  • Ability to work at least 15-20 hours per week.
  • WordPress proficiency, a plus.


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 a Fall 2021 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 2021 Research and Policy Intern” 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.

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.