Congressional Budget Office

January 19, 2021

The Congressional Budget Office has posted its listing for (paid) graduate student summer interns at this link: The program covers all relevant areas of policy, so if there is a good fit between the applicant and agency needs, it could involve work on topics in climate, energy, environment, infrastructure, etc.  The nature of the project work is typically determined before the successful applicants accept their positions.


The Congressional Budget Office’s summer internship program provides an excellent opportunity for graduate students to experience and observe the budget process and policymaking at the federal level. Though most of CBO’s employees are in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, the internships will be conducted virtually. In-person internships may be possible after July 1 if conditions allow. The internships will begin in late May and last 10 weeks. Interns contribute to CBO’s work in areas such as budget and tax policy, health care, national defense, the environment, education, retirement assistance, other income assistance, regulation, and public investment. In addition, interns participate in an educational program that includes briefings on CBO’s role in the budget process. Interns are also afforded networking opportunities with budget and policy professionals. There is more information about the internship program here:


Students must be pursuing graduate academic programs in economics, public policy, health policy, financial management, mathematics, statistics, or a related field. Those pursuing a JD or an MBA do not align with this year’s projects and will not be considered. CBO is also unable to consider undergraduate students for the summer internship program.

All CBO summer internships require solid writing skills and the ability to communicate clearly and concisely. Familiarity with computer programming, statistics, econometrics, and other quantitative methods is desirable. Ideal candidates also have exceptional interpersonal and analytical skills. U.S. citizens are eligible for consideration, as are noncitizens who are permanent residents of the United States and seeking citizenship. Before applying, noncitizens should refer to CBO’s information about citizenship requirements or call 202-226-2628 to determine employment eligibility .

The deadline to apply is Feb. 26, 2021.  Feel free to reach out if you have questions!

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