Opportunity: State Policy Fellowship at NJPP

The State Policy Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for its 2019-2021 class of State Policy Fellows! This is an exciting career opportunity for master’s level students and recent graduates to develop first hand expertise in state-level policy analysis and research.


The Fellowship is a project of the State Priorities Partnership, a national network of independent state policy organizations in 43 states coordinated by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), one of the nation’s premier policy institutes. Since 2010, CBPP and the State Priorities Partnership have placed fellows in leading state-based policy organizations across the country. Program alumni have assumed leading roles in many policy, advocacy, and philanthropic organizations, actively shaping policy and political debates at the federal and state levels.

The fellowship is designed to:

  • Bring diverse perspectives to state policy debates. To expand the voices that speak with authority in state policy debates, the program identifies highly qualified candidates with a track record of working on public policies affecting low-income and diverse communities and policies with implications for racial equity.
  • Make a difference for vulnerable families and communities. Working in independent, highly respected policy organizations across the country, fellows analyze the impact of state budget and tax policy choices on low-income residents, promote positive reforms, and collaborate with advocates to engage the public on the impacts of public policies on local communities.
  • Launch careers. State Policy Fellows spend two years developing expertise in issues such as state budget and tax policies, health care, education finance, family economic security, and criminal justice. Fellows will travel to Washington, D.C. for training and career development, work with mentors, and have access to ongoing training and opportunities for professional growth.


Eligible candidates must have received a graduate degree within the past two years or expect to receive a degree before August 1, 2019. Candidates must also have a strong academic record and be eligible to work full-time in the United States for the two-year duration of the program.


Please circulate information about the program to students or other individuals who may be interested in applying. Completed applications must be submitted online by February 10, 2019. For complete program information visit www.cbpp.org/fellowship. You can also reach out to the State Policy Fellowship program director at the link here with additional questions.


Since 1997, New Jersey Policy Perspective has been advancing economic justice in New Jersey by leveraging reliable analysis, strategic communications and effective outreach to drive state-level policy. NJPP is a “think-and-do tank:” Once the analysis is done, NJPP’s communications and outreach get it into the hands of the policymakers, advocates and partners best positioned to use it in support of public policies that expand opportunity and promote widespread prosperity in the Garden State. NJPP is a proud member of the State Priorities Partnership of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, DC.