Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

Internship (Spring 2022)

Now accepting applications for Spring 2022. Interns will have the opportunity to work remotely until the COVID pandemic abates.

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget is looking for enthusiastic interns to join our team. We are a nonpartisan, non-profit organization committed to educating the public on issues with significant fiscal policy impact. Our bipartisan leadership comprises some of the nation's leading budget experts, which has included many past heads of the House and Senate Budget Committees, the Congressional Budget Office, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Government Accountability Office.

We welcome applications from highly motivated undergraduate or graduate students year-round, though interns typically work for one semester (Fall, Spring, or Summer). Interns may work full-time or part-time while attending classes. Interns work as a full member of their respective team, attending meetings and working alongside full-time staff members.

Below are descriptions what the intern responsibilities for each team. Applicants should specify in their email subject line and cover letter which team they would like to work with (choose one). There will also be opportunities for interns to work with other departments on crossover projects.

The Policy team researches and publishes original research and analysis on fiscal issues. Responsibilities will include contributing to publications on the website, such as our blog The Bottom Line; conducting research related to team-specific needs on topics like taxes and entitlement programs; attending events in the DC policy community; and assisting other team members on policy-centric projects. An interest in fiscal policy is vital to success in this position. Policy team interns will often collaborate with the Legislative team.

The Legislative team conducts outreach to policymakers and their staff, working with them to advance fiscally responsible policies. Responsibilities will include attending committee hearings; tracking House and Senate floor activity; researching policymakers’ positions; drafting blogs, memos, outreach to Capitol Hill, and summaries of legislation; and scheduling meetings, attending meetings, and taking notes. Previous experience on Capitol Hill is a plus but not required. Legislative interns will often collaborate with the Policy team.

The Communications and Engagement teams seek to advance the Committee’s work and message with members of the media and the public. Responsibilities will include drafting content and visuals for social media, assisting with the collection and sending of media clips, monitoring press coverage of the Committee, designing graphics, and undertaking various research and writing projects.

FixUS is the Committee’s initiative to engage Americans to better understand and address the root causes of our growing divisions. Responsibilities will include researching and summarizing scholarly work, attending and summarizing events, developing content for FixUS social media channels, and assisting with polling and/or focus group efforts.

With any team, there will be opportunities to work on crossover projects.


  • Enrollment in or recent completion of an undergraduate or graduate program;
  • Interest in fiscal, federal budget, and economic policy issues;
  • Proven research and analytical skills;
  • Strong writing and editing skills;
  • Familiarity with internet research tools;
  • Ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment; and
  • Be a flexible and enthusiastic team player.

Application Process

Email resume, cover letter, and one writing sample (no more than six pages) to No phone calls, please. When applying, please write your name, the team you are applying for, and the term you are applying for (e.g. Spring 2022) in the subject line – i.e. "Your Name – Policy/Legislative/Communications/FixUS Internship – Spring 2022." Please choose just one team to apply for.

Applicants must be currently eligible to be employed in the United States. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget is an equal opportunity employer; we encourage applications from all backgrounds.

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget is committed to fostering an equitable, diverse and inclusive working environment. The Committee is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, military or veteran status and other such factors in accordance with U.S. state and federal laws.