2020 Summer Internship

Website Congressional Budget Office

Deadline February 28


The Congressional Budget Office’s summer internships for graduate students provide excellent opportunities to experience and observe the budget process and policymaking at the federal level. The internships are located in Washington, D.C. They normally begin after Memorial Day 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 may also participate in seminars such as the Congressional Summer Intern Lecture Series, which has featured Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the journalist Cokie Roberts. Please see CBO’s page on internships for additional information.


Students must be pursuing graduate academic programs in economics, public policy, health policy, financial management, mathematics, statistics, or a related field. We are 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.

How to Apply

Students must submit a cover letter, a résumé, contact information for two references (who may know the applicant either from academic work or from employment), and an unofficial copy of transcripts that includes coursework for the spring semester. First-year graduate students must submit both an undergraduate transcript and a graduate transcript. A complete application must be submitted through CBO’s website by February 28, 2020, EST to be considered; there will be no exceptions. Applicants should be sure that their email provider accepts emails from careers@cbo.gov.

Applicants are advised to provide a descriptive name for each document that they upload—for example, “Undergraduate Transcripts,” “Graduate Transcripts,” or “Coursework for Next Semester.”

This position is covered by the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998, as made applicable to CBO by the Congressional Accountability Act, as amended. The following categories of people may be eligible for preference in the hiring process: veterans who have separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after serving on active duty in the armed forces during a war, in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized, or during particular defined periods; disabled veterans; the mother, spouse, or unmarried widow or widower of certain veterans and service members who qualify for veterans status and who are able to certify that they expect to be discharged or released under honorable conditions from active duty service in the armed forces within 120 days of certification.

Retired members of the armed forces are generally excluded from those who receive veterans’ preference in hiring unless they qualify as disabled veterans or retired below the rank of major (or its equivalent).

To claim this preference, an applicant must identify himself or herself as eligible for veterans’ preference in the Self-Identification for Veterans’ Preference section of the application. You must complete and submit CBO’s Veterans’ Preference Eligibility Form together with the supporting documentation specified on that form and fax it to (202) 225-7539 within two weeks of applying or no later than the deadline specified for positions with deadlines. Alternatively, you may email the form and the documentation to VEOA@cbo.gov. However, documents submitted by email may not be secure, so if you opt for email, please remove confidential personal identifying information (such as your Social Security number and birthdate). Do not upload supporting documentation as part of your application. Applicants may obtain a copy of CBO’s Veterans’ Preference in Appointments policy by submitting a written request to careers@cbo.gov.

Salary and Benefits

The hourly rate ranges from $16 to $30 and will be commensurate with educational attainment and related experience. Housing and relocation expenses are not provided, but CBO’s interns are eligible for a local transportation subsidy of up to $265 per month.

Additional Information

Candidates who do not complete their application by the February 28, 2020, deadline will not be considered. Complete applications submitted by the deadline will be forwarded to hiring managers after the deadline. Candidates may be contacted so that we may determine their interest in the internship project and confirm their skills and availability. We expect to extend all offers by April 3, 2020. When all internship positions have been filled, we will update the internship page of CBO’s website, and we will email all qualified candidates to whom we are unable to offer an internship.

The Summer Internship Program runs between May 26, 2020 – July 31, 2020; there may be some flexibility in those dates.


Annita Gulati Cox or Kate Green, Washington, DC, 202-226-2628, careers@cbo.gov

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