Elsie Hillman Civic Forum

Institute of Politics Internship

The University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics is currently accepting applications for interns.

The University of Pittsburgh created the Institute of Politics in 1987 to serve as a neutral, nonpartisan policy organization serving elected officials and other business and community leaders in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Throughout the course of a year, the Institute takes on projects in a variety of disciplines, many of which correspond to one or more of its eight policy committees. These include: economic development, education, environment, fiscal policy and governance, health and human services, public safety and emergency preparedness, infrastructure, and workforce development. Each committee assesses public policy needs within their domain and recommends educational programming or publications that will measurably affect the development of public policy.

Intern tasks will include:

  • Conducting policy research on issues selected by the committees
  • Assisting with event planning, organization and orchestration
  • Writing and editing for Institute publications

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have an interest in public policy
  • Have advanced writing skills
  • Be available at least 10 hours per week during the fall/spring semesters and 15 hours during the summer
  • Have the ability to maintain a neutral and objective perspective on policy issues addressed by the Institute

An internship with the Institute of Politics offers an excellent opportunity to learn more about the development of public policy in Pennsylvania and develop a familiarity with influential elected officials and community leaders. For more information on the work of the Institute, as well as a list of recent publications, please visit www.iop.pitt.edu. If you have any questions, please contact Briana Mihok, senior policy strategist, at (412) 624-7792 or bnd2@pitt.edu. Interested applicants should apply online