Working at TaxWatch

Available Full-Time Positions

TaxWatch is currently interviewing for an Operations Associate

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TaxWatch is currently interviewing for a Research Analyst

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Neil S. Crispo Memorial Fellowship

The Dr. Neil S. Crispo Memorial Fellowship is named in honor of the late Dr. Neil Shea Crispo, a long-time Senior Vice President of Research and Operations at Florida TaxWatch and Visiting Professor and Intern Coordinator at Florida State University’s (FSU) Askew School of Public Administration and Policy.

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Dr. Crispo was a vital part of the success of Florida TaxWatch’s research and continued to serve the Sunshine State through his research at FSU until his death in December 2011.

Dr. Crispo received his B.S. and M.S. at Florida State University, here in Tallahassee, and earned his doctorate in education in 1972 at the University of Southern Mississippi.  Along with his work at TaxWatch and FSU, Dr. Crispo was the President of Y-Hat Professional and Research Associates as well as a noted Heritage Foundation Policy Expert.  He was also affiliated with a variety of prominent professional organizations, including the American Sociological Association, the American Association of Higher Education, and the Government Research Association.

 As an esteemed member of TaxWatch’s leadership team, Dr. Crispo’s work in research sought to improve the performance of Florida’s governments through fiscally and socially responsible solutions to issues surrounding everything from personal property taxes, to healthcare, to crime.  He established: TaxWatch’s internship program, the Senior Research Fellows Program, and the TaxWatch "Ideas In Action" publication series; of which 55 issues were published under his editorship.  

At Florida State University’s Askew School, Dr. Crispo taught several courses, including: Strategic Leadership for Communities; Public Service Internship; Public Organizations; Civic Association Leadership; The Executive; and Action Report.  Beloved by students and the University, he received the Outstanding Teacher Award at the Askew School’s annual awards ceremony in spring of 2008.

Today, Dr. Crispo’s legacy at Florida TaxWatch lives on in the form of a highly competitive research fellowship, given to one outstanding graduate student from FSU each year.  The first recipient of the Dr. Crispo Research Fellowship was Elle Piloseno in 2013. Ms. Piloseno received her Master’s of Science degree in Criminology at FSU  in 2014 and served as an intern at TaxWatch prior to her term as a research fellow. Ms. Piloseno currently works as a Research Analyst and criminal justice expert in the Florida TaxWatch Center for Smart Justice. 

TaxWatch Internships

Great internships can make graduating with multiple job prospects a reality. TaxWatch interns work directly with our research staff on active projects, helping write the drafts of research reports or finding the key data for a project. You won't be getting coffee and making copies all day long, you will be a member of the TaxWatch Research Team.

Interning at Florida TaxWatch also puts you at the center of Florida public policy, as you will have the opportunity to attend meetings with research staff and outside experts, meet and interact with our Board of Trustees members, attend Legislative committee meetings, and have direct access to TaxWatch senior leadership, including the President & CEO.

Florida TaxWatch interns often move on to successful positions with top policy organizations.  In addition to remaining with TaxWatch as Research Analysts, recent TaxWatch interns have moved on to work for:

  • Florida's Chief Financial Officer
  • Florida Department of Revenue
  • Florida Association of Counties
  • Florida University System Board of Governors
  • The Reason Foundation
  • Government Accountability Institute
  • Florida State University
  • Gainesville Regional Utilities
  • Charles Rivers Associates
  • State Farm
  • Washington Economics Group

Internships at TaxWatch are filled as needed, so please feel free to apply at any point during the school year.

Available Internships

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