The Center on Policy Initiatives is a nonprofit research and advocacy center dedicated to the interests of working people in the San Diego region. Through research, community organizing and public education, we seek policy changes that promote economic justice and strengthen the middle class. CPI works to end working poverty by building a fair economy in which good jobs with healthcare coverage allow all working people to live with dignity.


The Research intern will assist the Research Department by:

  • Requesting and researching public documents
  • Reviewing relevant information online
  • Contacting public officials for information
  • Performing data entry and analysis
  • Utilizing online research tools
  • Other research tasks as needed


  • Graduate level research training or comparable experience
  • A strong commitment to social and economic justice
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office especially Excel
  • Excellent written and communications skills
  • Basic data analysis skills, ability to conduct detailed, time-sensitive research


This is an unpaid internship, but will provide interns with real-life experience with policy research. We are proud of our alumni and will gladly provide references for hard-working interns seeking employment or other internships.


Hours are flexible, but interns are expected to work anywhere from 10-20 hours a week.


The duration of these internships will be from late January to mid-May in 2014.


Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and internship positions will be open until filled. Interested applicants should email cover letter, resume, and three references to research@onlineCPI.org.

The Center on Policy Initiatives is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals to apply.


Students for Economic Justice Summer Internship


The Students for Economic Justice summer internship will be an intensive 6-week program that will give committed student activists organizing experience in a current campaign for economic justice.  College students will receive organizing skills training and will be engaged in educational discussions on various topics.  The goal of this program is to build the next generation of young leaders and community organizers who will effectively push forward social change and economic justice in San Diego. Students receive training from various community and labor leaders throughout San Diego and will finish the program with a better understanding of the social and political landscape of the region. These are some of the training and hands-on experience that will be provided during the summer internship program:

  • Organizing Skills Doorknocking, Phonebanking, and Turnout 101 Understanding Power/ Choosing Your Strategy Coalition Building Using the Media and Communications Organizing and Taking Action to Win Change
  • Political Education Accumulated Struggles: A History of Economic and Social Movements Understanding San Diego’s Regional and Political Landscape Current campaigns

Ideal candidates

First, second, and third year college students are encouraged to apply. If you are a graduating senior, we highly recommend for you to apply for the SEJ Assistant Coordinator part-time position.


The SEJ Internship is an intensive full-time program; it is not recommended that interns hold other jobs or attend summer school at the same time.  Exceptions may be negotiated.

Dates of Program

Monday, June 30, 2014 – Friday, August 8, 2014 (six weeks). It will be up to 40 hours a week. Some evenings and weekends may be required but not mandatory.


This is a paid internship at a living wage. CPI makes every effort to ensure that interns are compensated fairly for their time and that financial challenges do not inhibit any student from participating in the program.


All applicants are required to fully complete this application form and also submit (1) a separate page with answers to two essay questions, (2) a resume, and (3) one letter of recommendation.

Applications Due Date

Applications are due no later than 5:00 pm, Friday, February 28, 2014. Applications should be submitted via email to sej@onlineCPI.org.


If you have any questions, contact Trinh Le: 619-584-5744 ext 24 or tle@onlinecpi.org.

The Center on Policy Initiatives is proud to be an affirmative action employer. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.