Congressional Budget Office
The Congressional Budget Office is a small nonpartisan agency that provides economic and budgetary analysis to the Congress. The Office of Communications seeks an intern with a strong work ethic to assist with the agency’s media relations and public affairs during the summer.
The successful candidate will report to the Associate Director for 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, preparing for and attending Congressional hearings, coordinating meetings with outside groups and international visitors, 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 area of the agency.
Candidates must be working toward a master’s degree, preferably in mass communications, journalism, public policy, or a related field and should have a strong focus on and interest in government or political science.
Candidates must thrive in a fast-paced environment and be able to effectively handle multiple tasks and 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 desired, and familiarity with and interest in social media would be a plus.
The hourly rate ranges from $17 to $24 and will be commensurate with educational attainment and related experience. This is a temporary position that is expected to last approximately 10 weeks between May and August of 2018. The selected candidate would be expected to work a 40-hour week, but an alternate schedule may be considered. Housing and relocation expenses are not provided, but CBO’s interns are eligible for a local transportation subsidy of up to $260 per month.
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How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter, résumé, unofficial transcripts, list of coursework for the spring semester and contact information for two references at www.cbo.gov/careers. First-year graduate students must also submit unofficial undergraduate transcripts. Only complete applications will be considered. Although there is no application deadline, CBO may close this position any time after February 28, 2018 after receiving a sufficient number of applications from qualified candidates.
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