The Congressional Budget Office is a small nonpartisan agency that provides economic and budgetary analysis to the Congress. CBO’s Office of Communications seeks an intern with a strong work ethic to assist with the agency’s media relations and public affairs during the upcoming winter semester with the potential to extend into the summer, starting in January, annually. The successful candidate will report to the Director of Communications and will serve as a key member of the communications team. Duties include responding to phone and email inquiries from the media and the public on a wide range of topics, attending and preparing for Congressional hearings, coordinating meetings with outside groups and international visitors, helping with preparations before the release of CBO’s major recurring reports, and working on other communications projects and planning as needed.
Previous communications interns have served a frontline role representing CBO and have interacted routinely with staff in every part of the agency.
Candidates must be working toward a master’s degree, preferably in journalism, mass communications, radio/television, strategic communications, public relations, public policy, or a related field, and they should be strongly interested in government or political science.
Candidates must thrive in a fast-paced environment, be able to effectively handle multiple tasks, and be able to complete projects under tight deadlines. Strong written and oral communications skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a team are required. Previous experience in journalism or media relations is desirable, as are familiarity with and interest in social media.
Salary and Benefits
The hourly rate will be between $18 and $24 (changes annually) and will be commensurate with educational attainment and related experience. This is a temporary position that is expected to last throughout the winter/spring semester. The selected candidate would be expected to work a 32-hour week, but an alternative schedule may be considered.
How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter, a résumé, unofficial transcripts, a list of coursework for the winter/spring semester, and contact information for two references at the external application link on Handshake. Incomplete applications will not be considered. To ensure consideration, apply by November 13, annually.