Public Policy Department

Washington, D.C.

The AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organizations) is a federation of 65 national and international labor unions.  The unions of the AFL-CIO represent 13 million workers.  For more information about the AFL-CIO, please visit our website.

The AFL-CIO’s Public Policy Department analyzes and develops social policy (on such issues as health care and pensions), economic policy (including job creation, wages and taxes) and international trade policy and development.  The department''s work informs development of the AFL-CIO Working Families Agenda.  There are approximately 17 employees in the Public Policy Department.

The intern will participate in the day-to-day activities of the AFL-CIO’s Public Policy Department.  Approximately equal time will be allocated to working in the Social Policy division under the supervision of the Assistant Director for Social Policy and the Trade/Economic Policy division under the supervision of the Assistant Director for Trade and Economic Policy.  The intern will conduct research and analysis and otherwise provide support on social policy issues (such as health care, retirement security [including Social Security], immigration and unemployment insurance) and  trade/economic policy issues (such as development, labor market issues [including low wage worker concerns], tax policy and trade negotiations).  We anticipate that the intern will work on two or three major research projects and provide additional support for the department’s day-to-day work through short-term research assignments.  The research projects have yet to be determined but will involve substantial research and writing on current policy issues.  In the past, interns have provided extensive background research and writing on issues such as welfare reform, trade and workers’ rights protections, and labor law in the United States.  Over the next year, we anticipate building and refining the federation’s member-to-member education program around basic economic issues; the intern(s) will provide support for that effort.  The federation has also launched a national health care campaign, and we expect the intern will have substantial research responsibilities on that effort.

The intern will also have the opportunity to work with the policy analysts and researchers in the department, and may also meet and work with staff from other departments, such as Legislation, Political, and Field Mobilization.  When feasible, we will also include the intern in coalition meetings and work with allies in the civil rights, women’s rights, environment, development, and religious communities.  Some exposure to Congressional work is likely.