The Public Policy Institute of California helps state policymakers and other leaders make informed choices by providing objective, high-quality, nonpartisan research and evidence-based analysis. Our successful model of research and engagement has established PPIC as a trusted source of information on the most pressing issues facing California today.
Our talented, mission-driven staff cares deeply about improving policymaking in California. We welcome diversity of all kinds—racial/ethnic, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, and point of view, among others. We foster a dynamic and inclusive environment for rigorous research combined with frequent interactions with policymakers and other leaders across the state. We take a highly collaborative approach to putting research into action, encouraging interdisciplinary work and hosting public events on key issues of the day.
To ensure that PPIC’s work is timely and relevant to California policy decisions, we rely on a strong cross-departmental process. Research project teams work closely with colleagues in communications, government affairs, and operational support. Staff members also have full access to external support and resources, including advisory councils, academic networks and libraries, and technical training.
PPIC has offices in San Francisco and Sacramento. Our staff must be able to work independently while remaining engaged with project team members. We value teamwork skills highly, but we also encourage independent initiative and intellectual curiosity. We have high expectations of excellence; at the same time, we place a premium on work-life balance, community-building activities, and personal/professional growth and development.
Support for professional growth:
- Training opportunities and educational assistance
- Mentorship program for incoming research staff
- Annual goal-setting supported by quarterly performance and development check-ins
Teams across the institute gather frequently for professional and casual events, including research seminars, discussions with external experts, and celebrations of landmark occasions—from Pi Day to Pride. PPIC also hosts California-focused art exhibitions and provides volunteer opportunities for all staff.
PPIC offers competitive salaries with an extensive benefits package—including comprehensive health coverage, generous paid time off and holiday leave, and substantial employer contributions to best-in-class retirement funds.
The PPIC summer intern program invites undergraduate and graduate students to work closely with our research staff on dedicated projects. Interns engage with all aspects of the institution, including regular research meetings, all-staff meetings, and external events such as the institute’s public affairs programs and research briefings. Internships are paid and generally last about eleven weeks.