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Apprenticeship Policy Intern (Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population)

Urban Institute

Urban Institute

Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Friday, December 29, 2023

About Urban Institute:

At the Urban Institute, we believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. As a nonprofit focusing on social and economic policy, our researchers and policy entrepreneurs open minds, shape decisions, and identify transformative solutions to the most pressing issues of our time.

Our Mission

To open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions through economic and social policy research.

Our Values

Collaboration, Equity, Inclusivity, Independence, and Integrity

For more information on the Urban Institute, please visit https://www.urban.org.

The Opportunity:

Central to Urban’s mission is fostering a truly inclusive community that ensures ongoing relevance to a changing world. The Urban Institute’s Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population is seeking a policy intern who can work collaboratively on projects aiming to expand and support apprenticeship efforts in the United States.

This position plays a key support role on projects that include administration and management, events, technical assistance, and policy analysis. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual interested in engaging directly with external partners and a dedicated team at Urban to support the expansion of US apprenticeship and related work-based learning opportunities across the nation.

What You’ll Do:

  • Support planning for meetings and trainings with external partners, including developing talking points, writing background memos, composing PowerPoint decks, and other related materials for distribution

  • Help track contacts and project task progress in Salesforce and worksheets

  • Coordinate and support logistics and content development for convenings and public events

  • Schedule meetings and respond to emails

  • Engage in outreach to internal and external stakeholders

  • Conduct notetaking and documentation of internal and external meetings

  • Draft sections of reports, research briefs, blogs, and other publications

  • Oversee logistical tasks for proposal development and contributing to substantive content

  • Assist with project management and administrative tasks

Who You Are:

The successful candidate will:

  • Be a current graduate or undergraduate student in economics, public policy, sociology, or a related field.

  • Demonstrate interest in public policy and/or social sciences through prior work experience, involvement in volunteering programs, leadership positions in academic and/or extra-curricular settings or a public policy-related internship

  • Demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills

  • Have a strong desire to engage and learn about workforce development and apprenticeship

  • Demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

  • Express a willingness to adapt to changes in work assignments, deadlines and project management

  • Display strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to prioritize

  • Be able to work efficiently and effectively as part of a team and be self-motivated

  • Be self-directed and detail oriented

Program Highlights:

  • 10-week paid internship; full-time preferred but strong candidates will be considered for part-time positions

  • Internship program designed to provide students interested in research, public policy issues and organizational operations with rewarding and substantive work assignments that contribute to Urban’s mission

  • Intern program dates: June 10-August 16

  • Participate in our new intern “welcome” orientation

  • Network with operations staff, senior professionals, and others who will support your professional growth and career interests

  • Participate in intern-specific workshops and networking events designed to advance your professional development and build your soft skills

  • Engage in team-building activities that forge new friendships with other Urban Interns

  • Receive informal feedback and mentoring from your intern manager

  • Present the value of your contribution and what you learned during our end of summer Lightning Talks

What you’ll experience:

No matter your role with Urban, you will contribute to meaningful work that makes a difference for people and communities across the country. And whether you call the Washington, DC area or elsewhere home, you can expect to be part of a welcoming and hybrid workplace. We are committed to cultivating a community and working in a manner defined by collaboration, equity, inclusivity, independence, and integrity.

Urban’s greatest asset is our people.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the people assigned. This posting is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and requirements. Urban management reserves the right to amend and change duties, responsibilities, and requirements to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.

The Urban Institute is an equal-opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender or gender identity, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, veteran status, pregnancy or family responsibilities, matriculation, disability, political affiliation, or any other protected status under applicable law. The Urban Institute is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.

We are committed to equal employment opportunity and providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. If you have a physical and/or mental disability and are interested in applying for employment and need special accommodations to use our website to apply for a position, please contact Human Resources at humanresources@urban.org. Reasonable accommodation requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.