State Policy Network

Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty

Policy Assistant

  • Type: Internship
  • Discipline: Policy
  • Contact:
  • Location: 330 East Kilbourn Ave Suite 725 Milwaukee, WI 53202
  • Application Deadline: January 24, 2020


The Policy Assistant will be an integral part of the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL)’s policy team, which includes attorneys and a Ph.D. This is a paid opportunity and requires a minimum 10 hour per week commitment. The assistant must have the ability to do independent work in statistical analysis programs such as STATA or R, and an ability to comprehend statistical findings. A student enrolled in a Master’s program in Political Science, Public Administration, or Economics is preferred, though students enrolled in Bachelor’s programs in those fields will be considered as well.

This position will can be located in our Milwaukee office, or remotely.


  • Provide research to support the policy team, provide preparation for meetings, events, and publications.
  • Consult a wide variety of news services, media outlets, and peer-reviewed journals and prepare memos and spreadsheets to brief WILL staff.
  • Monitor legislation in the Wisconsin capitol.
  • Data cleaning and analysis.
  • Write research memos, reports, and blog posts.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Must be a rising junior or senior undergraduate, recent graduate, or graduate student.
  • Demonstrated interest and understanding of public policy, particularly as it relates to the state of Wisconsin, is preferred.
  • Must have demonstrated proficiency with entire Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Experience in advanced research including a familiarity with data collection tools, e.g. standardized instruments, surveys, information obtained from database, etc.—as well as a basic understanding of statistical data.

Physical Requirements and Work Conditions

The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Performance of duties require the use of hands to keyboard, handle or feel. The job frequently requires the ability to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


  • $12 – 15 /hour depending on experience.
  • Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer.

About the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty

Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) is a nonprofit, public policy, and legal center located in downtown Milwaukee. Through education, litigation, and participation in public discourse, we seek to advance the public interest in the rule of law, individual liberty, constitutional government and a robust civil society. We strive to do so, moreover, in partnership with like-minded individuals and organizations. We are now one of the largest state-based litigation centers in the country and one of Wisconsin’s preeminent free-market policy organizations.

WILL’s policy team provides comprehensive, timely analysis on a variety of topics, including education reform, healthcare reform, and occupational licensing. The policy work has been cited by The Wall Street Journal editorial board, several Wisconsin newspapers, and by policymakers in Wisconsin and in Washington DC.

Please see WILL’s website for more information.

How to apply

Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, 5-7 page writing sample and contact information for two references to

Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty
Milwaukee, WI