Jobs & Internships

Available Positions:

  • Research and Policy Intern


Job Description: Research and Policy Internship

Location: Washington, DC

Purpose: The Main Street Alliance is seeking highly motivated, talented, and intelligent graduate- and undergraduate-level interns to join in its policy and research team. The ideal intern is detail-orientated with great interpersonal skills, flexibility, humor, good judgment, and a passion for social justice.  

About the Main Street Alliance: Founded in 2008, the Main Street Alliance (MSA) is a growing national network of state-based small business coalitions working to ensure that the voices of real small business owners are heard on public policy issues that are critical to their businesses, their employees, and the communities that they serve. Small business owners are a powerful constituency and serve as trusted messengers with public officials, the media, and the general public. MSA implements game-changing strategies that shift debates over critical economic justice issues, impacting public policy debates at the local, state and national levels.


Responsibilities will vary, depending on the education level, interest, and training of the candidate.  In general, the intern will be responsible for supporting the policy team with research around key issues and with participation in advocacy activities. Duties will likely include:

  • Creating policy materials, including congressional one-pagers, infographics, fact sheets, sign-on letters, and other materials for internal and external audiences

  • Researching and provide analysis on policy issues related to job quality (i.e., paid family leave, earned sick leave, minimum wage)  tax fairness (international tax reform, corporate tax reform), financial reform, access to capital, the environment, and other issues as needed

  • Attending and report back on coalition meetings and hearings

  • Monitoring and tracking related news and related legislative developments using a myriad information sources

  • Assisting  with government relations and public policy projects as assigned

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, interpersonal skills, and leadership skills

  • Attention to detail a must

  • Strong and demonstrated research skills

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and progressive social change

  • Must be able to juggle multiple priorities and tasks in a fast paced environment, but be focused when needed on the matter at hand

  • Must be able to work effectively both independently and with a team

  • Knowledge of finance or tax policy a plus

Supervision: Interns will report directly to the Legislative Policy Director and will be an integral part of the Washington, DC team.


  • Class credit + stipend 

To apply, email a cover letter, resumé, two writing samples and references to: with subject line: Research and Policy Intern

Inclusion Statement: We are looking for committed, enthusiastic people with a sense of humor to join our organizing team!  Main Street Alliance is committed to equal opportunity and are considering applicants of all races, gender, ages, sexual orientations, national origins, ethnicities, religion, and abilities. We urge people of color, and experienced organizers and activists of all backgrounds, to apply.


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