Research & Policy Internship Application

Reform for Illinois (RFI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group that conducts research and advocates reforms to promote public participation in government, address the role of money in politics, and encourage integrity, accountability, and transparency in government.

RFI is seeking motivated interns who are interested in gaining experience in policy crafting, research, and journalistic writing. Interns play an integral role at RFI. Our small staff size offers interns the unique opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the organization and gain in-depth experience.

We accept applications from both undergraduate and graduate students. We are willing to work with the student’s institution to offer course credit (if needed), upon approval of instructor.

This position involves research and analysis of state political trends, and tracking key issues in state government. This internship provides an important opportunity to provide detailed policy research and analysis — the results of which are often published in news sources across the state. The RFI Research & Policy Analyst will work closely with the Policy Director and Executive Director on weekly research projects and legislative proposals to be distributed statewide. 

Tasks will include:

Interns may also have an opportunity to support our research focus areas including but not limited to the following:

Interns may also assist in the following areas: 

The ideal candidate will have excellent writing, research, and analytical skills. Experience in journalism, policy drafting, or policy advocacy is preferred. 

Applications submitted without a cover letter and resume will not be considered. 


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