The PGPF Fiscal Internship program is now accepting applications for Summer 2021. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2021.
The goal of the program is to introduce students to the policy work that economists (mainly) perform and to encourage students to pursue careers in economics and related fields. The 10-week program is designed for rising juniors, seniors, new graduates, and current graduate students. Students must have taken at least two courses in economics, math, statistics or political science, and have a working fluency with numbers.
The internship program gives students an opportunity to experience work at the leading Washington DC public policy research organizations. Students are assigned to work with a scholar or policy expert on projects that are related to economic and fiscal policy. In addition, over the summer, the program features informal seminars offered by host organizations. These seminars allow students to learn more about both the issues and the presenting organizations. Because the program includes host organizations from across the political spectrum, students hear from experts representing a variety of viewpoints. in 2021, the program may have to be conducted remotely, as it was in 2020, but students will still be able to gain research experience and to network with scholars/experts and a group of their peers.
When students apply, they indicate which of 14 organizations they are interested in working for. The Peterson Foundation does a basic screen of applicants, but each host scholar selects her/his own intern. Interns receive a $6,000 stipend even if the internship is conducted remotely.
Students interested in the program should be directed to the program’s webpage. Please let me know if you have questions or would like to learn more about the program.