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. During the course of the internship, Pioneer will host an appreciation luncheon or breakfast with Roger Perry.
Government Transparency Internship (2 openings)
In this role, the intern will learn about and be trained to use Pioneer’s Transparency Tools (MassOpenBooks.org, MassReportCards.com, MassAnalysis.com, MassEconomix.org, MBTAAnalysis.org and MassPensions.org) 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 intern will assist our development team in a variety of roles, including:
- Maintaining donor databases;
- Updating social media platforms;
- Conducting donor research and assisting with identification of prospects;
- Performing outreach telephone calls;
- Providing administrative support to development staff as needed.
The ideal candidate will be a college junior or senior with a major in political science, journalism, economics or communications. Applications from all majors will be accepted, but the following characteristics will help the intern maximize his or her educational experience at Pioneer Institute:
• Interest in fundraising or non-profit administration;
• Familiarity with social media platforms and internet research functions;
• Exceptional phone manner and comfort with making calls;
• Proficiency in Excel.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Communications: Micaela Dawson, email@example.com
Development: Cassidy Golwick, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.