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Economic Analysis Internship - Fall 2015

Congress Watch, a division of Public Citizen, is seeking an economic analysis intern for the Fall 2015 academic session. Public Citizen is a national, non-partisan, public interest group with over 400,000 members and activists. The Congress Watch division engages in public education, grassroots organizing, and advocacy before Congress and administrative agencies on money in politics, open government, corporate accountability, financial regulation, health and safety, and access to justice.

The Congress Watch economic analysis internship is designed to provide a better understanding of the role of economic research and scrutiny within the legislative and administrative process. The position is designed to give a broad experience using economic data to influence the U.S. Congress and Administrative agencies as well as varied activities to support the organization’s public interest policy and advocacy work.

Possible issue areas for economic analysis internship placement are: financial reform, good government, healthcare, regulatory policy, and worker safety.


  • Assisting Congress Watch advocates with duties including: responding to information requests from Capitol Hill, the news media, and national organizations; developing briefing papers, reports, fact sheets and other educational and lobbying materials; and aiding legislative campaigns, coalition building and media strategies.
  • Providing economic research support on pending legislative issues. Intern will review and critique economic findings such as cost/benefit analyses, compliance cost estimates, and market impact statements.
  • Providing other advocacy support including general research, data upkeep, administrative duties, and other tasks as assigned.


Knowledge: Candidates for this internship must be enrolled in or graduated from an accredited Masters or PhD level degree program in economics. In addition to an in-depth knowledge of economic analysis, interns should also have a general understanding of the legislative process.
Skills: Excellent economic research, analytical thinking, oral and written communication, and organizational skills.
Qualities:Conscientious, accurate, and tenacious. Strong commitment to public interest work. Willingness to assist with all aspects of issue advocacy work. A preference will be given to applicants seeking academic credit for this internship placement.

Public Citizen hire interns for the fall, spring, and summer semesters with flexibility regarding start and end dates. Please note that course credit can be arranged, but all internships are otherwise unpaid.

To Apply:

Submit cover letter, resume, and writing sample as attachments to Susan Harley, Deputy Director-Congress Watch (sharley@citizen.org) with the subject line "Fall 2015 CW-Econ Internship." No phone calls please.

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