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Summer Research & Policy Intern

National Journal’s Presentation Center is hiring a Research & Policy Intern to join our team of experts producing insight and intelligence on how Washington works. 

National Journal is a premier research and insights company committed to helping organizations effectively navigate Washington. Best known as one of Washington’s most trusted media brands for nearly 50 years, our expertise is unmatched with teams of specialists dedicated to government affairs, communications, and political research, in addition to exceptional journalism. Our mission is to equip the thousands of government and business leaders in the nation’s capital with the intelligence, insights, and connections they need to save time, increase efficiency, and deliver success.

What is National Journal’s Presentation Center?

We analyze, synthesize, and visualize news and information related to policy and politics, publishing content exclusively for senior public policy practitioners and government affairs executives. Our diverse membership includes policymakers and senior professionals from the world’s leading companies, nonprofits, and associations.

Each week, we publish hundreds of slides, curating and translating complex policy information and election analysis into easy-to-edit slides and charts. Using this background and our expertise, we create custom content tailored to members’ needs, delivering 40-60 bespoke deliverables a week.

You are the ideal Research & Policy Intern if:

  • You are excited by all types of research—both quantitative and qualitative—and apply a high level of rigor and strong data hygiene practices to all phases of the work
  • You “nerd out” when presented with data outputs, and you creatively apply tools to uncover critical (and unexpected) trends in data
  • You know when to shift gears, when to dive deep into data exploration and when to distill the information gathered to produce actionable insight, keeping to project deadlines
  • You know that research must be made accessible to be consumed and are skilled at producing graphically-oriented research summaries
  • You listen and quickly adapt when requirements change, exhibiting a willingness to “go above and beyond” in service to others, you are equally effective working independently or in a team
  • You are a “policy wonk,” and while you may be deep on one topic, you are conversant and knowledgeable across several topic areas

In this role, the Research & Policy Intern:

  • Synthesizes and analyzes data, contextualizing and interpreting research findings within larger ideas, topics, and trends
  • Creates high-quality presentations based on primary (quantitative and qualitative) data sources and secondary news sources
  • Extracts key insights for an executive audience, conveying them in clear, concise written and visual summaries, employing data-driven charts, maps and graphics where appropriate
  • Is interested in diving deeper into a particular policy area, like infrastructure, trade, health care, or the federal budget, and participates in content production within a defined policy area
  • Prepares PowerPoint templates for our product automation system 
  • Participates in administrative duties as required

Qualifications of the Ideal candidate:

  • Experience synthesizing quantitative and qualitative research and information into concise bullets and graphics
  • Experience or interest in creating graphical representations of data
  • Demonstrated interest in politics and public policy
  • Proficiency with Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel
  • A current graduate or undergraduate student with an excellent academic record
  • Entrepreneurial spirit; track record of building new initiatives from conception to execution
  • Creative thinking and resourcefulness in problem-solving
  • Prodigious work ethic and spirit of generosity
  • A full course of the COVID-19 vaccination is required for employment at National Journal
  • Active contributor to a diverse and inclusive workplace

Employment Type: Internship (full-time)

Term: June 2024 - August 2024

Compensation: $20/hour

Remote Status: Hybrid, with the requirement of in-office work on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays