Peter G. Peterson Foundation's 2017 Summer Fiscal Internship Program

The Peter G. Peterson Foundation established its Fiscal Internship Program in Washington DC, in the summer of 2010, with the goal of encouraging young interest and engagement in fiscal policy. 

The program pairs college and graduate students interested in the nation's economic future with leading public policy organizations working on fiscal issues. 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.

Participants in this program have the unique opportunity to:

  • Live and work in our nation's capital
  • Gain first-hand experience with leading organizations working on federal fiscal policy
  • Join a diverse community of experts and students interested in budgetary and economic issues

Each intern works on research assignments related to federal fiscal policy issues under the direct supervision of a scholar at their host institution. Interns are matched with an internship based on their interests and will participate in the research and programming of the host organization. The institutions' work spans a variety of issues including healthcare, Social Security, economic policy, and tax policy, and includes a range of perspectives from progressive to conservative.

This year's hosts will include:

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

Interns receive a $5000 stipend for the ten-week program.

Applications open December 5th. Apply Now!

The Peter G. Peterson Foundation Fiscal Internship program is looking for a diverse group of talented students who are passionate about policy and good with numbers. The most successful candidates are ambitious, actively involved on campus or in their communities, and have demonstrated superior academic performance.

We seek applicants who have:

  • An academic background in economics, political science, public policy, public administration, or a related field
  • A demonstrated interest in fiscal and economic policy
  • An aptitude for numbers
  • Written communication skills
  • An open mind and willingness to engage with those who share different opinions and beliefs
  • A natural curiosity for learning new things
  • A desire to live and work independently in Washington D.C.


Rising juniors, seniors, and graduate students are eligible to apply. Students must have completed at least two courses in economics, math, statistics, or political science, and have a working fluency with numbers. Experience with Microsoft Excel is highly recommended.

Required Documents:

  1. Resume
  2. Unofficial Transcript
  3. Personal Statement (250 words): Please describe your future career goals -- outlining factors that have influenced you along the way (personal, academic, or professional), and how you feel the PGPF Fiscal Internship program would help you to further your professional journey (250 words). Please use examples and be specific.
  4. Statement of Policy Interest (250 words):  Please choose ONE policy issue that interests you from the following list: *  Federal Entitlement Spending *  Budget process *  Taxes *  Healthcare *  Retirement Security  * Infrastructure *  State/local financing *  National security/National Defense *  Another fiscal policy topic of your choosing. Thinking about this issue, answer ONE of the following prompts (250 words): 1) Describe one aspect of this issue that you would like to reform and why; OR  2) Describe why you feel that this issue is important and why it should be a policy priority in the coming year.
  5. Contact information for two references

2017 Internship Dates: June 5-August 4, 2017
Summer Stipend: $5,000
Deadline to Apply: February 3, 2017
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