The Center for Effective Government (formerly OMB Watch) seeks a Regulatory Policy Intern to work with its citizen health & safety team to advocate for common sense standards and public safeguards that protect our national economy, air and water quality, food and product safety, and workers' and citizens' health. The Center for Effective Government stands for a regulatory system that updates and enforces these standards and safeguards without excessive delay or undue influence from regulated industries.

For thirty years the Center for Effective Government has been working to build an open, accountable government that invests in the common good, protects people and the environment, and advances the national priorities defined by an active, informed citizenry. Our vision is one of a just and democratic society in which every individual can thrive.

To ensure government is effective and responsive to the priorities of the American people, we conduct policy research and develop policy proposals; create tools to encourage citizen participation and government accountability; and build broad-based coalitions to advance these values. To ensure the American people understand the vital role of government, we produce and disseminate educational tools and communications materials.

We are a resource for policymakers, the media, advocacy groups, community organizations, and the public.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Monitoring, research, and analysis of regulatory policy issues administered by the Office of Management and Budget. These include cost-benefit analysis, risk assessment, retrospective review of regulations and other policies affecting health, safety and environmental regulation.
  • Research into federal and state administrative law and regulatory policy.
  • Writing and editing blog posts, articles, and other communications materials.
  • Other program responsibilities as needed, including administrative and clerical tasks.

Benefits

Interns have the opportunity to perform substantive work that positively impacts public policy. We anticipate assigning a significant research project to the regulatory policy intern, supervised by our staff. The policy intern will be expected to draft a research report for this project. Interns learn new skills and gain valuable professional experience with policy analysis, advocacy, and the nonprofit sector.

We offer a collegial work environment and flexible schedule to accommodate your academic responsibilities and work-life balance. If your school offers academic credit for internships, we will work with you to ensure your internship meets your school's requirements.

A monthly stipend of up to $500 may be provided to offset housing and travel costs.

Required Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of, and interest in, U.S. public policy and governmental process. Preference will be given to graduate law, public policy, or public health students. Knowledge of administrative law and process is a plus.
  • Ability to conduct research on complex health, safety and environmental topics and communicate the results of that research in a clear and concise manner.
  • Computer knowledge including Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Available to work at least 20 hours per week.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong critical thinking, analytical, and writing skills.
  • Self-motivated, with strong desire to make a difference.
  • Reliable and well-organized, with effective interpersonal skills.

How to apply

Email the following to Ronald White, Director of Regulatory Policy, at internships@foreffectivegov.org (please be sure to mention where you saw the internship advertised):

  • A compelling cover letter explaining why you’re interested in the internship and the work that it entails.
  • Resume
  • Writing sample (no longer than three pages)

The Center for Effective Government is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, age, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or veteran status.