Policy and Research Internship, Child Care & Early Education (Summer 2012)

March 01, 2012


CLASP's Child Care and Early Education team seeks qualified candidates for a summer 2012 policy and research internship. Candidates should have an interest in child care and early education and public policy. The intern(s) will work with a team of child care and early education policy experts on a variety of projects, including but not limited to, policy analysis, research, data collection and synthesis, and assistance in developing materials and publications.

CLASP, the Center for Law and Social Policy, is a national non-profit policy organization that develops and advocates for policies at the federal, state and local levels that improve the lives of low income people. CLASP's Child Care and Early Education team's work focuses on promoting policies that support both child development and the needs of low-income working parents, and on expanding the availability of resources for high quality child care and early education initiatives.  CLASP analyzes federal and state policies, and produces materials designed to explain the meaning and implications for policymakers, state and local officials, community organizations and service providers.  CLASP also assesses research on the effectiveness of various policies and programs and translates research findings into non-technical terms that can be understood by a broader audience.  In addition, CLASP seeks to inform debate at the national level on these issues.


  • Conducting research and analysis in the area of child care and early education;
  • Gathering and synthesizing academic research, statistical data, and state policy information, as well as conducting and analyzing surveys on state policies;
  • Assisting in production of CLASP reports;
  • Assisting with the development and formatting of graphs, PowerPoint presentations and other materials to be used for CLASP presentations and publications;
  • Representing CLASP at events hosted by other national organizations, federal agencies, or congressional offices; and
  • Other duties, as needed.


Potential candidates must be in graduate school, entering graduate school in the fall or have recently completed a graduate degree. They should be interested in child care and early education and public policy and have strong research, data analysis, and writing skills. Candidates should be detail-oriented and have the ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

This internship is for summer 2012. Start and end dates are flexible. The intern should be able to commit to a minimum of 20 hours per week. This is an unpaid internship. CLASP will work with students and their universities to provide college credit for the internship.

To apply, send resume, letter of interest and writing sample with the subject line "Child Care and Early Education Internship" to jobs3@clasp.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position(s) is filled. No phone calls please.

CLASP is an equal opportunity employer, and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

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