Washington Policy Center (WPC) is a non-profit, independent public policy think tank that works to improve the lives of Washington state’s citizens by providing high-quality and innovative solutions for policymakers, the media and the general public. We have a statewide staff of 20, an annual budget of $3.5 million, and offices located in Seattle, Olympia, Tri-Cities and Spokane. We hold approximately 50 events per year ranging from exclusive gatherings, conferences and lunches for 200-300 and our Annual Dinner with more than 2,000 attendees.
WPC’s research centers are the core of the organization. We focus on key areas including Agriculture, Education, Environment, Health Care, Government Reform, Small Business, Transportation and Worker Rights/labor reform issues.
Agriculture Policy Research Director
WPC’s Agriculture Director provides in-depth research, analysis and insight on the key issues facing this critical part of our state’s economy. This includes tracking and analyzing legislation, closely following agriculture policy issues around the state and country, writing policy briefs, commentary, and opinion-editorials, media appearances as the key spokesperson for WPC on Ag issues, public speaking engagements and other assignments as necessary to educate and inform lawmakers and citizens. The Agriculture Director reports directly to and works in concert with the WPC Environmental Director and also works closely with the Eastern Washington Director, Vice President for Research and the President of the organization.
Washington Policy Center offers part-time internship positions geared toward undergraduate students and recent graduates for each academic quarter including summer. Interns work approximately 12 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.
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