Volunteer & Intern Opportunities

The following internship is currently available at CTBA.

Education Policy Internship

The Center of Tax and Budget Accountability ("CTBA") is seeking a research intern to join our team for the Summer of 2021. 

The mission of CTBA is to identify and develop rigorous, non-partisan, data-driven analyses and public policy recommendations that will improve the fiscal health of Illinois. CTBA’s principal goal is to ensure major policy systems work to promote social and economic justice. The summer internship project will provide interns the opportunity to research data on Chicago Public Schools.

The Education Policy Intern will report to the Director of Policy Analysis and will assist the office in a variety of ways:

  • Research policy initiatives in education, healthcare, criminal justice, housing, and the state budget
    • For example, examining budget, demographic and capacity issues in Chicago Public Schools
  • Examine financial documentation for state- and local-level public agencies
  • Assist in collecting, validating, and verifying data; creating and analyzing datasets
  • Drafting memos and white papers
  • Contextualize research projects within the objective/scope of the organization


  • Current undergraduate/graduate student
  • Proactive, inquisitive and shows initiative in performing research duties
  • Adaptable to a fast-paced environment and ability to balance multiple projects at a time
  • Honesty and Integrity in reporting research findings
  • Possess writing skills geared towards white papers, one-pagers, executive summaries, and a variety of other policy memos
  • Excellent documentation of research sources and analytical methods
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Interest in translating complex policy ideas into public-facing communications
  • Familiarity with statistical analysis and R is welcome

The CTBA Internship is currently unpaid. As a result of COVID-19, the office will be closed during the Summer Internship. Therefore, the internship is fully remote. Interns will need to have access to their own computer. Interns will ideally work 30-35 hours a week (CTBA has summer hours on Friday), but hours are flexible.

Interested applicants should send a brief e-mail introduction and attach a copy of their resume to Allison Flanagan at aflanagan@ctbaonline.org, with the subject line “CTBA Policy Internship.”

The Center of Tax and Budget Accountability is an equal opportunity employer.