Education Policy & Research Analyst Intern 

Job Description
The Research Analyst Intern assists the leadership team of CSI in advancing CSI’s mission to examine the economic and fiscal impacts of policies, and legislation by crafting reports that better inform Coloradans. This includes informative research related to education and workforce policy, data collection, report construction, and report engagement. This role reports to the Executive Director.  


  • Informative Research & Data Collection: gathering background information and collecting education and workforce data on the policy topics that the senior management team prioritize. 
  • Locate effective sources. 
  • Incorporate findings into Excel (generate usable databases that properly reflect the data that has been collected).  
  • Manipulate and interpret the data for the purpose of generating information for the reports. 
  • Conduct short-term research projects aligned with CSI education and workforce research needs. 
  • Stakeholder Outreach: ensuring relevant partners associated with research are informed of updates, timing, content, and event planning.   
  • Once finalized, work to disseminate key findings for the broader public and sharing drafts for stakeholder feedback, including key state agencies.  
  • Identifying new strategies for sharing content of education and workforce reports with relevant stakeholders, including agency and other non-profit leaders.  
  • Government Affairs Support: providing administrative support for all CSI research, policymaker engagement, and disseminating research to policymakers and members focused on government affairs.  
  • Assists with legislative tracking, legislative calendar, and helping to support events with policymakers. 
  • Report Construction: writing and summarizing the data collected and translating it into a reader-friendly format for our audiences. 
  • Work with team in finalizing the report in keeping with brand standards (website images and report graphics). 


  • Several years towards a Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree in public policy, education, economics or related field, knowledge and interest in education policy. 
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office products; especially Excel. 
  • Strong writing and research skills. 
  • Strong ability to collaborate and work within teams. 
  • Strong communication skills.  
  • Ability to receive and provide constructive feedback. 
  • Reliable vehicle for transportation during work hours. 


  • Experience working with database platforms 
  • Willingness to work flexible hours including occasional evenings 

Hourly Pay Range: $18 an hour 

Employment: Part-time- 3 days at (6.5 hours) per week at CSI located in Greenwood Village, Colorado (total of approximately 20 hours) 


About Common Sense Institute (CSI):  

CSI is a non-partisan organization dedicated to developing deep insights into critical policy issues facing Colorado.  We believe sound fiscal and economic research is essential to uphold Colorado’s economic vitality, future, and individual opportunity. We examine the economic impact of policies, initiatives, and proposed laws by employing dynamic modeling that accurately measures the impact of each measure on the Colorado economy and individual opportunity. To fully achieve our mission, we actively promote these solutions through the education of policy experts, lawmakers, community leaders, and the general public. 

If you are interested in joining our team, please email your resume, cover letter and list of references to info@csinstituteco.org by January 5, 2024