Volunteer & Intern Opportunities

CTBA provides interns and volunteers the opportunities to advance social and economic justice by offering the following: 

  • Affiliation with a highly-regarded think tank at the hub of today’s cutting-edge fiscal issues 
  • Experience in an office of professionals who are outstanding in their fields
  • Opportunities to work on a broad range of interesting public policy topics 
  • Possibilities to improve research, writing, and/or communications skills

If you want to make a difference, join our team!

CTBA is accepting applicants for the following internship program:

Research Internship – Center for Tax and Budget Accountability

The Center of Tax and Budget Accountability ("CTBA") is seeking a Research Intern to join our team. 

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 Research Intern would assist the office’s efforts in a variety of ways:

  • Research policy initiatives in education, tax, pensions, 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 organizations
  • Assist in collecting, validating, and verifying data; creating and analyzing datasets
  • Legislative analysis, which includes:
    • Assisting staff in reviewing current and proposed legislation
    • Conducting thorough research on Illinois state statutes
    • Drafting memos and papers.
  • Contextualize research projects within the objective/scope of the organization


  • Current 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

Download a PDF version of the intern job description

Application Process

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

The CTBA internship is currently unpaid. Schedule is flexible. Students are encouraged to apply for grants or to investigate work-study options as alternative sources of compensation. We can serve as a work study host and will provide students’ applications for funding with supporting materials and documentation.