Technology Policy Research Intern (Office of The Chief Information Officer)

Urban Institute

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Who we are:

At the nonprofit Urban Institute, we believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. Public policies work best when they are rooted in facts, and our research sparks solutions in programs and practice. Our analyses and recommendations help expand opportunities for all people, reduce hardship among the most vulnerable, and strengthen the fiscal health and effectiveness of government.

As an intern at the Urban Institute, you’ll work alongside experts across the organization and beyond in the nation’s epicenter of public policy - Washington, DC. Your work will have an impact on real-life, real-time policy issues and discussions.

How you’ll contribute:

The Office of Technology and Data Science is searching for a Technology Policy Research Intern to conduct focused research and writing on tech public policy issues that affect civic society and historically disadvantaged communities. The intern will work with team members in the Office of Technology and Data Science and other offices and centers across Urban. 


  • Develop a basic understanding of the technology and data public policy landscape
  • Contribute research and writing to projects that may include a broad range of tech policy issues, including but not limited to blockchain and AI in hiring, surveillance, police technology, consumer privacy, financial technology, and other areas
  • Identify and analyze emerging issues in tech policy
  • Assist with administrative tasks, social media posting, and events
  • Other tasks as directed

What you’ll bring:

The successful candidate will possess the following characteristics: 

  • Graduate or undergraduate student in technology or public policy field or current law school student
  • Demonstrated passion for relevant technology policy issues
  • An interest in historically disadvantaged communities
  • Proven research and analytical skills
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Comfort discussing policy issues with non-expert audiences
  • Technical knowledge, skills, and aptitude a plus

Program Highlights:

  • Paid 10-week 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
  • Participate in a 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

Intern Program Dates: June 1 – August 7, 2020

The Urban Institute is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected status under applicable law.

The Urban Institute is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer -Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.

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