Washington Policy Center is the premier non-profit, independent think tank in Washington state - promoting sound public policy based on free-market solutions. WPC provides accurate, high-quality research through its seven research centers focusing on the areas of agriculture, government reform, small business, environment, health care, education, and transportation.
With four offices in Seattle, Olympia, Spokane and Tri-Cities, WPC’s impact is felt throughout the entire state with an annual budget of $3 million and a statewide staff of 19. On average, WPC’s research is in the media five times per day. Dozens of our recommendations have been signed into law or passed by voters at the state and local level. We hold approximately 50 events per year ranging from exclusive gatherings of 20-30 people to conferences and lunches for 200-300 and our annual fundraising gala, the Annual Dinner, with over 2,500 attendees.
Washington Policy Center offers part-time internship positions geared toward undergraduate students and recent graduates for each academic quarter including summer. Interns work approximately 15 hours per week. WPC allows flexible hours to work around the intern’s class schedule while attending nearby colleges and universities. Through the Janet and Doug True Research Internship Program, WPC has had the privilege of excellent interns each quarter since 1999. Former WPC interns have gone on to work in Washington D.C., have run for office, have completed prestigious academic endeavors and have begun successful careers in the private sector. Many credit their interest in policy to their time as a WPC intern.
Research interns work directly under the Center’s research department.
Their duties include, but are not limited to:
- Conducting research
- Filing research material
- Performing administrative tasks
- Assisting at WPC public policy events
A student in political science, history, or government with an interest in Washington state public policy issues is desired; however, applicants from all majors are eligible. Applicants should have an above average GPA with great communication skills and strong command of search engine utilization and Microsoft Office.
Depending on the institution, WPC’s research internship may be eligible for academic credit. The internship is also a paid position earning the current minimum wage rate.
If you would like to apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Operations Manager Braden Goodwin at the address below. Be sure to include explanation of your desire to work with a free-market, public policy organization like Washington Policy Center. Applications are received on a rolling basis so please also indicate in your cover letter for which quarter you are applying.
Mail: Braden Goodwin
Washington Policy Center
P.O. Box 3643
Seattle, WA 98124-36343
Click here for information on WPC's Jennifer Dunn-Thomson Scholarship.