OVERVIEW OF THE CEA INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
The Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) is excited to launch its recruiting for the upcoming cohort of interns! We have opportunities for current undergraduate and graduate students.
CEA provides the President of the United States with objective economic analysis and advice on the development and implementation of a wide range of domestic and international economic policy issues. The CEA in Washington, D.C. offers full- and part-time internships during the spring and fall semesters, and full-time internships during the summer. Interns at the CEA are responsible for assisting the staff in researching a wide range of macroeconomic, microeconomic, and international issues, providing assistance in making charts and analyzing data. Administrative duties to support the work of the Council are also involved.
Overall, interns will gain the skills and tools needed to work in a fast-paced, high-level environment. These include:
- Learning how to contribute and be accountable in a high-stakes, high-standards environment.
- Acquiring sophisticated data analysis skills
- Improving writing, researching, and editing skills
- Applying a problem-solving approach to important economic policy questions
- Learning how to create or contribute to an effective work product
- Gaining knowledge/awareness of the Executive branch policymaking process
- Learning how to navigate a workplace and conduct oneself professionally
There are also opportunities for mentorship and professional development, such as:
- Building relationships with Juniors and Seniors and working effectively with other interns
- Seeking out mentorship by asking pertinent questions and seeking routine feedback on work
- Taking initiative and making consistent efforts to become integral to the topic area team
- Taking advantage of professional development opportunities such as brownbag lunches with CEA leadership, seeking networking or career advice, and getting to know the staff.
All applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age by the internship program start date. Additionally, applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible:
- Are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a college, community college, or university (two-or-four-year institution) or have graduated from an undergraduate or graduate degree program in the past two years;
- Have demonstrated interest in economics, statistics, mathematics, public policy, or finance with a strong academic record and passion for public service;
- Have excellent writing and analytical skills;
- Have experience using Microsoft Office and conducting research and analysis;
- Have the ability to dedicate at least 20 hours per week during the fall and spring or 40 hours per week during the summer.
- Preferred candidates will also have experience with Stata (or a similar statistical software).
Application instructions: If you are interested in applying, please send your resume, a transcript, and a cover letter via email to:
The Intern Program Coordinators
Council of Economic Advisers
Application deadlines: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Exact start and end dates are fairly flexible and determined on an individual basis.
- November 9 for the spring session (January-May)
- March 15 for the summer session (June-August)
- June 15 for the fall session (August-December)
All internship positions at the Council of Economic Advisers are unpaid. The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.
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