Summer 2022 Federal Fiscal Policy Intern

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is a high-caliber strategic policy institute that informs and shapes public policies to reduce poverty, promote equity, and build opportunity. It has a national reputation for conducting rigorous research and analysis, developing evidence-based policy ideas and strategies, shaping a broad array of policy debates at the federal and state levels, and influencing policy outcomes on a range of critical issues. It focuses on improving the lives of people with low or moderate incomes and examines how policies affect particular groups, including Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ people. The Center is known for its unique capacity to blend rigorous, timely analysis with effective communications that enable policymakers and the media to make use of its work.

The Federal Fiscal Policy team informs the debate over federal budget priorities by analyzing major federal budget and tax proposals. Our work places emphasis on the adequacy of funding for programs that assist low- and moderate-income families and the effects of tax proposals on households at different income levels. We also analyze long-term budget challenges and trends in the level of federal revenues, income distribution, and tax burdens. The Federal Fiscal Policy Intern will research subjects related to these policy areas, collect and analyze economic data, and assist in our monitoring of related research and policy developments. 


  • Have an interest in federal fiscal as well as low-income policy issues. Prior experience with these issues and/or related classes is preferred but not required. 
  • Strong quantitative and writing skills, and some prior research and/or data analysis experience  
  • Strong Excel and/or Stata skills  
  • Strong preference is given to candidates who can work full time for the duration of the internship  
  • Education:current undergraduate students or recent graduates with a bachelor’s degree, with coursework in economics, math, public policy, computing, business subjects, or sciences strongly preferred   

Successful interns will have a commitment to the Center’s mission to improve the well-being of low- and moderate-income people and advance racial equity as part of the Center’s work.

To expand the diversity of voices that speak with authority in federal and state policy debates, the Center’s internship program identifies highly motivated candidates — particularly candidates who have experience with communities that are underrepresented in policy debates — with a demonstrated interest in working on public policies that affect low-income and diverse communities and have implications for racial equity.

International students are welcome to apply. The Center does not provide financial sponsorship for visas or work permits. You must have documentation of work authorization for the United States AND a U.S. Social Security number to be employed by the Center. (Please indicate that you are an international student on the application form.)

Application Deadline: February 1, 2022, 11:59 p.m. EST     

Summer 2022 Internship Start Date: June 6, 2022  

Internship End Date: Mid-August 2022       

Summer 2022 internship will remain remote for interns outside of the Washington, D.C. area. Intern work hours are generally expected to be during core Eastern time business hours. 

While we are currently operating virtually during the pandemic, we are developing policies to support a return to in-office work that may include both telework and in-person work. Interns located in the Washington, D.C. area will be subject to those policies.


  • Undergraduate students receive $15.20 per hour.       
  • Students with a bachelor's degree receive $16.20 per hour.       
  • Graduate students receive $17.20 per hour.       
  • Students with a master’s or law degree receive $18.20 per hour.        
  • Doctoral students may receive between $17.20 and $20.00 per hour, depending on progress toward completion of degree requirements, relevant coursework, and research.     

Required application materials:

  • Cover letter (Please include a discussion of what draws you to the mission of the Center and the work of the team to which you’re applying.)     
  • Résumé
  • Transcript(s)
  • Contact information for two references

Only complete applications submitted electronically through our system will be considered. Once you submit your application, you will receive an electronic confirmation. Applications submitted by mail or email will not be accepted. Visit for more information about the Center’s internship program. No phone calls, please.

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If you have read all of the information on the website about internships at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and still have an inquiry about the application process, please email [email protected].

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and welcomes diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages all qualified persons to apply regardless of race, color, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, credit information, pregnancy or parental status, family responsibilities, personal appearance, creed, military or veteran status, religion, ancestry or national origin, union activities, disability, or other status protected by applicable law.