Prosperity Now

At Prosperity Now, we envision an economy that is just, fair, and free from structural racism. One where every person, family, and community has the power to build sustainable wealth and prosperity. Our mission is to drive economic opportunity for all and build equitable economic power by creating impactful systemic change.

We create, identify, test, amplify and scale new and existing systems-oriented solutions that address the root causes of inequities and racial economic justice. We do this by:

  • Centering those who have been historically excluded
  • Partnering as a national intermediary with communities, service providers, and other influential stakeholders
  • Incubating and evaluating innovations at local levels
  • Amplifying community-rooted and systems-oriented solutions
  • Securing progress through research, advocacy, policy and narrative change.

We have roughly 50 employees and would benefit from sponsoring a Princeton intern or interns because the students would provide much needed capacity as well as a fresh perspective to our work. Interns will support specific tasks on projects to execute on deliverables and 2022 team goals. Previous interns have been invaluable as thought partners and allowed us to be more flexible and adaptable as priorities change.

City/State

Washington, DC

Internship Description

Internship #1 Description - Policy Intern:

  • Provide policy research and analysis support to members of the Policy team on a variety of financial security and economic opportunity issues, including community development, homeownership, tax policy, entrepreneurship, emergency savings, financial capability, and consumer protection
  • Assist members of the Policy team in creating and editing written content, such as blog or social media posts on relevant issues and events, policy/research memos, policy briefs and reports
  • Help with maintaining current knowledge and pulse on congressional activities, including taking notes and reporting out on congressional hearings and attending virtual meetings with staff, administrative and regulatory meetings, as well as other federal policy events
  • Previous projects included research on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on housing affordability and using data from the U.S. Small Business Administration to help draft policy materials
  • By interning with Prosperity Now, a student will have opportunities for personal and professional development through exposure to Prosperity Now’s work, ability to participate in conferences and meetings, and mentorship by senior colleagues.

Internship # 2 Description - Ecosystem Change Intern:

  • Support the research, data collection, and analysis efforts of the Ecosystem Change team as they pilot and test innovative programmatic solutions to change the ecosystems that influence the financial lives of historically underserved and low-wealth households
  • Provide administrative, logistic, and project support (e.g. meeting and interview scheduling, convening planning, note-taking, etc.) on various projects that explore financial capability integration efforts and opportunities
  • Participate in call or email correspondence with past and present technical assistance partners to measure impact of technical assistance work
  • Previous projects included developing, disseminating, and analyzing field surveys focused on savings to help the team tell the story about a community, developing literature reviews, and preparing written analysis of interview or focus group research findings to develop case studies and takeaways
  • By interning with Prosperity Now, a student will have opportunities for personal and professional development through exposure to Prosperity Now’s work, ability to participate in conferences and meetings, and mentorship by senior colleagues.
# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transportation Housing  Format
10 Flexible 8:30am  5:00pm Yes No Hybrid

Housing Information

There are a lot of opportunities for housing through some of the colleges in the DC area.

Internship Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Strong commitment to racial equity and inclusion, and the economic advancement of communities and families of color
  • Strong research and writing ability, including an ability to analyze complex issues and distill them in easy to understand communications
  • Ability to work individually and in teams to move projects forward in a productive manner toward shared goals
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks at the same time and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong organizational skills with attention to detail

Additional or preferred qualifications:

Policy Intern:

  • General understanding of the policymaking process
  • Social Science or Economics major preferred

Ecosystem Change & Racial Wealth Equity Strategy Intern:

  • Strong economics, research and data analysis background
  • Experience providing programmatic, administrative, and logistical support
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with MS Office (Outlook, Word, PPT, Excel); Comfortable managing data in Excel
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize information, such as interview transcripts or varied literature
  • Previous nonprofit internship experience preferred

Writing Sample Required

  • Academic or professional writing sample

Special Requirements

  • Background Check