Two great opportunities for Oklahoma college students

okpolicy_mugsOK Policy is pleased to announce two exciting opportunities for Oklahoma college students. We are now accepting applications for our Fall Internships and for our 2015-16 Research Fellowships. Students working with OK Policy have a wide range of opportunities to conduct research, write blog posts, and contribute to OK Policy projects and events. We invite all interested candidates to apply; the deadline for both programs is Friday, August 28th.

Fall Internship

OK Policy is accepting student applicants for paid part-time internships during the fall of 2015. Interns will be expected to work between 10 and 20 hours per week, depending on their schedules and availability. The position will be based in our Tulsa office, with occasional opportunities to work from home or school.

Internships are available in a couple of tracks:

  • Research interns work will work primarily involve collecting data, conducting research, and offering analysis on state policy issues, including poverty, economic development, health care, immigration, and other subjects. 
  • Advocacy interns will work with our outreach specialist to coordinate activities, events and materials on a wide range of topics for Together OK, and may conduct research as well.

Please indicate your preference for one or the other track, if you have one, in your cover letter.

Eligible students should have completed at least four semesters of college coursework or be pursuing a graduate degree. We are happy to cooperate with an institution’s requirements for academic credit.

To apply, please send a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications, a resume or CV and a writing sample to by Friday, August 28. Please include “Fall internship” in the subject line. Applicants will be contacted regarding interviews in early September.

Research Fellowship

OK Policy invites graduate students to apply to be part of our third class of Research Fellows for 2015-16. The Research Fellowship program is intended to support top-performing graduate students at Oklahoma universities who are conducting promising public policy research and to provide them an opportunity to communicate their research towards a broader public audience.

Research Fellows are each expected to prepare a blog post on issues related to their research in the fall and to conduct a legislative bill analysis in the spring. OK Policy provides each fellow a $500 stipend.

Nine students have participated in the Research Fellow program in its first two years (To see their bios and research, click here).

Students in any academic discipline who are: a) actively enrolled in a graduate program at an Oklahoma university in the fall of 2014, or b) residing in Oklahoma while completing a graduate program out-of-state, are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to students whose research addresses public policy issues of direct importance to Oklahoma.

The deadline for applying to be a 2015-16 Research Fellow is Friday, August 28, 2015. To apply, please submit the following to with “Research Fellowship” in the subject line:

  • A one-page letter describing your research interests and why you are applying to be a Fellow;
  • A current resume, including at least two references who are familiar with your academic credentials;
  • A writing sample, preferably of no more than 25 pages.

Students wishing to apply for both an internship and Fellowship should apply separately.

We invite you to share this notice with students, colleagues and friends who may be interested in the program.


Former Executive Director David Blatt joined OK Policy in 2008 and served as its Executive Director from 2010 to 2019. He previously served as Director of Public Policy for Community Action Project of Tulsa County and as a budget analyst for the Oklahoma State Senate. He has a Ph.D. in political science from Cornell University and a B.A. from the University of Alberta. David has been selected as Political Scientist of the Year by the Oklahoma Political Science Association, Local Social Justice Champion by the Dan Allen Center for Social Justice, and Public Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers.

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