PGPF Fiscal Internship Program in Washington, DC


Introduction to the PGPF Fiscal Internship Program


Where interns will spend their time, and some of their duties


What's required for consideration


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June 1 - August 7, 2015

The Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s Fiscal Internship program engages students in fiscal policy by providing them with first-hand research experience at public policy institutions in Washington D.C. Over the summer, PGPF Fiscal Interns will have the opportunity to:

  • Live and work in our nation's capital
  • Gain substantive policy research experience
  • Work under the direct supervision of a respected scholar, economist, or researcher
  • Join a diverse community of experts and students interested in budgetary and economic issues

"I would absolutely recommend this program, the internship was fantastic, as were the seminars. I learned so much."
–2014 Intern, Bipartisan Policy Center

Program Description

The PGPF Fiscal Internship program offers full-time paid internships to a select group of college and graduate students interested in fiscal policy. Interns live and work in Washington D.C. for ten weeks during the summer while gaining professional experience, skills, and contacts that will serve them throughout their careers.

2015 PGPF Fiscal interns will:

  • Work as a research intern for ten weeks
  • Receive a $5,000 stipend for the duration of the summer
  • Attend weekly seminars on fiscal issues hosted at each of the participating organizations
  • Participate in other social, educational, and career-oriented events

Click here for more information on the participating organizations in 2015.

Student Testimonial

Brian McGrail

Name: Brian McGrail
School: Williams College
Majors: Political Economy and History
Year: 2012
Internship Placement: Bill Gale, the Brookings Institution

"The program really gave me a better sense of how top-notch think tanks function. Scholars rely on people like interns to do much of the background work for any project, and this work ends up influencing the final project, so even lower level people have great power to shape policy in DC! Since the program, I have gone on to become a Truman (2013) and Rhodes (2014) Scholar."

About the Peter G. Peterson Foundation
The Peter G. Peterson Foundation is a non-partisan organization, whose mission is to increase awareness and accelerate action on America’s long-term fiscal challenges. The Fiscal Internship Program in Washington D.C. was established in the summer of 2010, with the goal of encouraging interest and engagement in fiscal policy among students.



Intern Information


Key Dates

  • December 15, 2014:
    Applications open
  • February 16, 2015:
    Application deadline at 12:00 PM (noon) EST
  • April 15, 2015:
    Interns notified of selection
  • June 1- August 7, 2015:
    Fiscal Internship Program in session

Required Application Materials

  • Résumé
  • Cover letter
  • Unofficial copy of school transcript
  • Two academic or professional references

2015 Participating Organizations

  • American Action Forum
  • Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Brookings Institution
  • Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
  • Economic Policy Institute
  • Ethics and Public Policy Center
  • Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Mercatus Center
  • National Governors Association
  • Urban Institute/Tax Policy Center