The Roger Perry Internship Program

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All Summer 2022 internship positions have been filled.

About Pioneer

Pioneer Institute is an independent non-partisan privately funded research organization that seeks to improve the quality of life in Massachusetts through civic discourse and intellectually rigorous, data-driven public policy solutions based on free market principles, individual liberty and responsibility, and the ideal of effective, limited and accountable government. Our main policy focuses are first and foremost on education, as well as healthcare, better government and economic opportunity for all. We are a resource for the public, legislators on Beacon Hill and staff in the State’s executive offices and attract more media coverage than any other research institute in Massachusetts.

The Roger Perry Internship Program

Pioneer has established the Roger Perry Internship Program to support undergraduate and graduate-level students who seek opportunities to enhance their educational experience with practical training in an energetic and creative public policy environment. In providing students a foundation of knowledge in research, fundraising and communications and marketing, we aim to build the next generation of policy leaders who will bring innovations to both government and the private sector.

Four interns will be selected to assist Pioneer in three areas of the organization’s operation: government transparency, communications and development. Additionally, Pioneer will provide opportunities for interns to meet with members of our staff and Board of Directors who will provide insight and commentary regarding their own professional careers.

Each intern will have a schedule of two full-time days per week. The internships will commence in mid-late May and continue until the end of July/early August—a duration of 10-weeks.

Government Transparency Internship (2 openings) 

In this role, the intern will learn about and be trained to use Pioneer’s Transparency Tools ( and to uncover leads to develop blogs, tweets, videos (script writing) and infographics. Throughout the internship, the intern will learn and develops hands-on experience in:

  • Reviewing and evaluating data in order to identify pertinent facts and details based on templates and topics selected by staff
  • Writing and editing findings in Pioneer’s format for blog or social media posting;


The ideal candidate will be a college junior or senior majoring in political science, journalism, economics or communications. Applications from all majors will be considered. The following characteristics will help the intern maximize his or her educational experience at Pioneer Institute:

  • Exceptional writing skills;
  • Knowledge of MS Word, Excel and Outlook;
  • Experience using large datasets, including cleaning, filtering, and creating charts and other graphics
  • Graphic design skills a plus;
  • Ability to work closely with staff and receive constructive feedback;
  • High motivation and superior problem-solving;
  • Availability for two days a week.

Communications Internship (1 opening) 


The intern will learn about Pioneer’s communications strategy, including expanding social media presence, e-mail marketing and managing relations with press/media. In addition, the intern will assist with maintaining and improving the Pioneer website. There will be training in e-marketing and opportunities to learn about non-profit marketing strategy more broadly.


The ideal candidate will be a college sophomore, junior or senior in communications, political science, marketing, public policy, economics, communications, media or a related field. Applications from all majors will be accepted, but the following characteristics will help the intern maximize his or her educational experience at Pioneer Institute:

  • Proficiency in social media use for promotion purposes;
  • Some experience in web design preferred but not necessary;
  • High motivation and problem-solving;
  • Availability for at least two days a week;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.


Development Internship (1 opening) 

The Development Intern will assist our Development team in a variety of roles, including:

  • Assisting with event preparation and execution;
  • Conducting donor research and assisting with identification of prospects;
  • Supporting digital programming and webinar series;
  • Creating and updating outreach and mailing lists;
  • Proofreading grant applications and reports;
  • Drafting and editing fundraising materials;
  • Providing additional administrative support to the Development team as needed.

The ideal candidate will be entering their third or fourth year of college with a major in political science, journalism, economics, communications, or a range of areas relevant to think tank work. We’re looking for an intern who is committed to our nonprofit, public-interest mission and values. The following characteristics will help the intern maximize their educational experience at Pioneer Institute:

  • General interest in fundraising or non-profit administration;
  • Strong writing, research, and problem-solving abilities;
  • Highly motivated self-starter with excellent written/oral communication skills;
  • Familiarity with social media platforms and strategy.

Throughout the course of the internship, the Development Intern will gain valuable non-profit experience, learning and refining critical skills such as fundraising, marketing, grant writing, communications, and event planning.

Length of Internship

As expressed above, all internships will start in mid-late May and will continue until the end of July or early August (10-weeks). Interns will be expected to commit to the equivalent of two full-time days per week. Most likely, interns will be expected to work remotely.


Compensation: Pioneer will provide each intern a stipend of $2,000 upon successful completion of the internship.

How to apply

To apply, please forward a resume and a cover letter specifying the role for which you seek consideration to the following people:

Government Transparency: Mary Connaughton,

Communications: Micaela Dawson,

Development: Saylor Scheller,

Please also ensure to include in your cover letter details regarding your interest in Pioneer and what you would gain from your experience with the organization.

The deadline for submission of all materials is Friday, February 18, 2022, by the close of business.