Applying for Unpaid Internships with OIRA
Application process is open; applications accepted on a rolling basis.
GENERAL: OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) offers two internship programs for high-caliber students pursuing academic degrees in public policy, public administration, business, law, economics, statistics, survey methodology, public health, or other fields relevant to domestic policy. To learn more about OIRA, please visit our website.
Undergraduate Internship Program. This program is open to high-caliber undergraduate students entering junior or senior year. In this program, undergraduate students assist OIRA staff in reviewing requests by agencies for approval of information collections (e.g., surveys, program evaluations, applications for benefits) under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, including applied policy analysis of Federal data collections such as studies and surveys. Candidates with experience and interest in advanced statistics, program evaluation and survey design are especially welcome to apply, but this is not a requirement.
- Graduate Internship Program. This program is open to graduate students. In this program, graduate students will analyze policy matters presented in Federal regulations to ensure that they are consistent with economic principles, sound public policy, and the goals of the President. In addition, graduate interns will review requests by agencies for approval of information collections (e.g., surveys, program evaluations, applications for benefits) under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995].
Major topic areas span virtually every domestic policy area, including the environment, natural resources, agriculture, rural development, energy, labor, education, immigration, health, public welfare, housing, finance, criminal justice, security, transportation, information technology, statistical and science policy, and other related domestic policy issues. For both programs, the duration of the assignment varies depending on each student’s schedule. The internships are located in Washington, D.C. and will be approximately 20 hours per week. Although these internships are unpaid, it may be possible to arrange for academic credit with your institution. OMB also offers a paid summer internship program for graduate students.
U.S. Citizenship and successful completion of a background check is required.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Individuals who are currently enrolled as degree-seeking students in an accredited college or university interested in applying for either internship program should send an e-mail with (1) a resume (2) a current transcript (copy may be unofficial) to FN-OMB-OIRA-Recruitment@omb.eop.gov. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.