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Economic Opportunity - Summer Scholar

Department: Economic Opportunity
Location: Washington, DC

Job Description:

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) seeks an experienced professional to join its team as an Intern in the Economic Opportunity Division.

The National Governors Association (NGA) is the bipartisan organization of the nation's governors.  Through NGA, governors share best practices, speak with a collective voice on national policy and develop innovative solutions that improve state government and support the principles of federalism.  The NGA Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) develops innovative solutions to today's most pressing public policy challenges and directly serves governors and their key policy staff.

The Economic Opportunity Division helps governors and senior state officials identify, share, and implement best practices and sound policies.  The Division conducts work that focuses on improving the economic development of states and regions, building a strong workforce, and supporting low-income and at-risk children and families.  The work covers topics such as apprenticeship, two generation programs for low-income families, child welfare, workforce development, and advanced manufacturing.


This position will support staff in an array of policy research, workshop planning and playing a key role in drafting memos to governors’ advisors. The specific roles may include the following:

  • Provides research assistance to policy analysts, senior policy analysts and program directors
  • Researches and writing ‘Front and Center’ stories for the NGA Center’s weekly e-newsletter
  • Drafts policy papers and issues briefs
  • Assists with the organization and conduct of meetings and webcasts of state officials;
  • Participates on project teams to provide technical assistance to teams of state policymakers
  • Assists in maintaining issue-specific NGA websites;
  • Assists in meeting planning; and
  • Completes other special projects as needed


  • At least one year of graduate-level studies in public policy, public administration, social work, economics, sociology, psychology, postsecondary education, human resources development or a related field;
  • Familiarity with economic, workforce, and human services issues;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills necessary to effectively work with colleagues, partner organizations and a variety of high-ranking state policymakers; and
  • Ability to work in a nonpartisan manner in a bipartisan political environment. 


  •  Fast-paced work environment
  •  Extensive computer usage
  •  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


This is a paid internship at $15/hour.

Duration of Service

The internship will be from May 28th, 2019 – August 9th, 2019.

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