Public Policy and Research Internship

The Policy and Research departments at Child Care Aware® of America is seeking one motivated, part-time undergraduate (or graduate) intern to work at least 15 hours per week The intern will have the opportunity to learn more about child care policy and enhance research skills while working closely with Child Care Aware® of America policy and research staff.  The internship is paid.


  • Help collect child care data and research information from CCR&Rs, Census Bureau, and other sources.
  • Help with mapping child care issues
  • Assist with state and federal advocacy activities.
  • Draft and update fact sheets, letters and other documents.
  • Help to clean and organize data and research items, and conduct follow-up as necessary.
  • Enter data into Excel, Access or SPSS applications.
  • Provide basic summaries of research findings.
  • Conduct background research and literature reviews
  • Attend various coalition meetings, briefings, and Congressional hearings as a representative of Child Care Aware® of America
  • Create and maintain contact lists of Congressional staff.
  • Assist with other activities as assigned, including occasional photocopying, mailings, etc.


Applicant should be an undergraduate (or graduate) student majoring in public policy, psychology, political science, women’s studies, sociology, statistics, or other liberal arts subject areas, or in early childhood education.  A background in social science research, with emphasis on data collection (including use of Excel or SPSS), management, and analysis is highly desirable, though not necessary.  Qualified candidates will have excellent written and oral communication skills and should be proficient in using Microsoft Word, Excel, and Internet research tools.  Candidates with an interest in child care, education, or women’s issues are strongly preferred.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter that includes your interest in the position, a bio, your resume, and a relevant writing sample (2-3 pages) to Dionne Dobbins at

About Child Care Aware® of America:

Child Care Aware® of America is our nation’s leading voice for child care.  We work with more than 600 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to ensure that families in every community have access to quality, affordable child care. To achieve our mission, we lead projects that increase the quality and availability of child care, offer comprehensive training to child care professionals, undertake groundbreaking research and advocate for child care policies that improve the lives of children and families.

To learn more about Child Care Aware® of America and how you can join us in ensuring access to quality child care for all families, visit

Child Care Aware of America

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