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Research Intern

Minnesota Budget Project


Organization Summary:

The Minnesota Budget Project is an initiative of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits that combines sound research and analysis with advocacy, engagement and communications strategies in support of policies that expand opportunity and economic security to all Minnesotans. 

Location: Twin Cities Metro Activity Area: Other
Category: Public Policy Closing Date: May 21, 2018
Job Type: Intern - Paid Salary: $14.00/hour
Hours: 35-40 per week 

Primary Duties:

  • Conduct research examining the impact of immigration policies on local governments and the state of Minnesota, which will include constructing and analyzing data sets in Excel;
  • Working with Minnesota Budget Project staff, produce analytic materials that advance the project’s immigration work, such as issue briefs, fact sheets and blog entries; 
  • Respond to technical assistance and research requests;
  • Participate in peer learning activities;
  • Help create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all individuals in regards to diversity which may include geography, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, immigration status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, sex, age, ability and religion; and
  • Other duties as assigned, including occasional administrative tasks.


  • Strong quantitative and data analysis skills, including proficiency with PC-based spreadsheet and statistical software; 
  • Working knowledge of PC-based word processing software, preferably Microsoft Word;
  • Coursework in statistics, mathematics, or related; 
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Strong writing skills;
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team; 
  • Knowledge and understanding of racial and cultural differences; and
  • Ability to take feedback and follow directions.


Additional Info:

This internship provides an opportunity to gain experience working in a nonprofit research and advocacy environment. The Research Intern will make a significant contribution to the Minnesota Budget Project’s work on state immigration policy decisions and economic trends affecting immigrants in Minnesota. Candidates who have the lived experience of moving to the United States are encouraged to apply. 

Working Conditions/Physical Demands

  • Frequently requires the ability to work for several hours at a time at a desk;
  • Requires frequent participation in repetitive motion activities including typing on a computer keyboard; and
  • May require use of a telephone to provide information in a clear and understandable manner to other individuals.


Preferred Education, Experience and Skills

  • Previous research experience


Additional Information

Reports to: Minnesota Budget Project Senior Policy Analyst

Classification: Intern, temporary, non-exempt

Compensation: $14.00/hour. This position is not benefit eligible.

Hours/Schedule: This is a 35-40 hour/week position, to last approximately June 4 – August 10, 2018. 

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is recognized as an Employer of National Service with the Corporation for National and Community Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply. 

We are committed to recruiting and engaging individuals without regard to race, color, religion, creed, age, gender, sex, national origin, ancestry, marital status, pregnancy, familial status, ability, veteran status, membership or non-membership in a labor organization, sexual orientation, size, status with regard to public assistance, or genetic information. We are committed to the principle of equity and are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of individuals.


How To Apply:

 Submit a cover letter (i.e., letter of application) and resume to MCN using the online form located at: 

Applications will be reviewed as received and the posting will remain open until May 21, 2018.


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