CBO accepts applications for its internship program beginning in January of each year. We encourage students to register for job alerts to be informed of other opportunities at CBO.
Meet CBO's 2023 Interns
CBO is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity. CBO encourages women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans to apply.
What do CBO interns do?
CBO interns participate in a paid 10-week program where they contribute to analysis in one of CBO’s divisions. Assignments are determined largely on the basis of students’ interests, knowledge, and academic background.
In addition, interns participate in an educational program that includes briefings on the work that we do and the way we do it. CBO interns are also afforded networking opportunities with budget and policy professionals.
How can I prepare for a CBO internship?
Previous interns describe the following experiences and skills as valuable in preparing for their CBO internships:
- Course work in economics, public finance, public budgeting, microeconomics, econometrics, data analytics, and public health
- Projects involving SAS (or other statistical programs) and large data sets
- Independent research
- Strong writing skills
- Interest in understanding the federal budget process
- Other policy internships and participation in student government
What are the qualifications for the summer internship program?
- Be pursuing a graduate degree in economics, public policy, health policy, finance, data science, or a related field
- Have solid writing skills and the ability to communicate clearly and concisely
- Have exceptional interpersonal and analytical skills
- Be familiar with computer programming, statistics, econometrics, or other quantitative methods
Often, CBO seeks summer interns in other disciplines, such as budget and financial management, information technology, communications, and human resources. Qualifications and deadlines for those positions differ.
Applicants who have already completed their degree program are encouraged to view our current job openings.
What is the application process?
Each January, CBO begins accepting applications for its Summer Internship Program. All applications must be submitted online by the application deadline. Only completed applications will be considered. When you apply:
- Submit your cover letter and résumé
- Upload a transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
- Provide contact information for two references
Can noncitizens apply?
Federal legislation permits CBO to hire permanent residents who are seeking citizenship and certain other asylees and refugees, as outlined in 8 U.S.C. § 1324b(a)(3)(B). Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about employment eligibility before submitting an application.
How does CBO select interns?
CBO selects interns on the basis of:
- Academic achievement
- Relevance of your academic training to CBO's work
- Relevance of your experience and skills to the available projects
- Relevant work experience
When are interns selected?
Applications are reviewed in March and interns are selected by mid-April. Candidates to whom we are unable to extend an internship will receive an email informing them of their status.
Only occasionally does CBO offer internships during the academic year. You can register to receive job alerts if fall or spring semester opportunities become available.