PPG is Hiring a Paid Intern for Summer 2023

Date: January 25, 2023

Partnership for the Public Good (PPG) is a community-based think tank that builds a more just, sustainable, and culturally vibrant Buffalo Niagara through action-oriented research, policy development, and resident engagement. We are offering a paid, full-time summer internship program. Interns will be paid $17/hour and will work regular business hours Monday through Friday, 35 hours per week. The internship will run from early June 2023 to late July 2023. This program is mainly geared toward Masters and Juris Doctor (JD) students, however, exceptional Bachelors students may apply and will be considered.  

PPG interns are given tasks based on their skills and interests. Your work will likely be as varied as our staff members’ work. A typical day is a mix of partner meetings and policy research. The topics that we work on often include criminal justice, climate justice, equality/civil rights, immigration, poverty/income inequality, arts and culture, economic development, housing, and more. PPG is flexible to suit our partners’ evolving needs. Therefore, your work is likely to change in topic and content over the course of the internship.

PPG’s current weekly work schedule is 2 days in person and 3 days remote.


PPG intern tasks may include:

  • Doing qualitative and quantitative research on local issues and policy solutions
  • Meeting PPG partner groups and learning about their work
  • Writing policy briefs and fact sheets for publication
  • Participating in issue-based coalitions
  • Meeting with elected officials to discuss policy solutions
  • Assisting with PPG public events
  • Doing outreach to potential partners and Buffalo residents
  • Drafting issue-based communications and social media posts


Intern qualifications:

  • Strong and concise writing skills
  • A commitment to accuracy and attention to detail
  • Flexibility
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to work well in groups and with diverse (in all senses) community partners
  • Background knowledge of Buffalo’s sociopolitical landscape



PPG values diversity and inclusion. People of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities and formerly incarcerated people are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted until February 22, 2023. Please submit a cover letter (explaining your interest in PPG and your interest in advancing equity in Buffalo), resume, and writing sample (2-10 pages, ideally policy-related if possible) to Sarah Wooton at sarah@ppgbuffalo.org. The subject of the email should read “Summer Internship Application.”

We prefer the tone of your writing sample to be concise and relatable—not overly academic. See examples of PPG’s publications to get a sense of what we’re looking for: Evicted in Buffalo report, Housing Discrimination Complaint Data fact sheet, Cruelty and Cost report