Summer Research Intern

The Wisconsin Policy Forum (WPF) is seeking applications for paid undergraduate or graduate research interns for Summer 2024. The interns will support research that is directly relevant to key public policy issues confronting local and state government bodies and agencies throughout Wisconsin.

Role of the intern

The Forum’s main research portfolios include education, government finance, and economic and workforce development. Throughout the summer, interns will be immersed in the research and analysis process, helping to develop research products using qualitative and quantitative methods.

While they are with us, interns are considered members of the WPF team, are supervised and guided by senior staff, and have opportunities to participate in WPF functions, attend staff meetings, and draw upon WPF’s network and expertise.

Graduate interns will be compensated at $16/hour. Undergraduate interns will be compensated at $14/hour. Both full and part time schedules may be available. Note: we have offices in downtown Milwaukee and downtown Madison and are currently operating with a mix of remote and in-person office attendance.

What we are looking for

Strong candidates will show demonstrated interest or experience in WPF’s mission and will be current undergraduate or graduate students. Past interns have pursued degrees in public policy, public administration, urban planning, economics, education, law, political science, urban geography, and other related fields. We also encourage students in additional fields of study who have an interest in public policy to apply.

Examples of tasks in which interns may engage include:

Important skills and characteristics for interns include:

Preferred skills for interns include:

The Wisconsin Policy Forum values candidates with diverse backgrounds and encourages all to apply.

Application process

Candidates should submit a résumé and a cover letter describing relevant experiences, skills, and interests you would bring to the internship position using the form below. The Forum will work with interns to help fulfill requirements to receive academic credit for the internship. Please indicate any requirements and your availability (desired hours per week and approximate start date) in your cover letter.

The application deadline is Friday, March 1, 2024. Finalists will be invited to interview as schedules and logistics allow. Interns will be selected and notified in early April.

Address applications or questions to Alyssa Doman, Membership & Operations Coordinator, at