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Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) interns typically are given a wide range of assignments, including conducting research, managing incoming inquiries, attending meetings, and writing memoranda on a variety of environmental issues.  Interns have the opportunity to be involved in groundbreaking projects and work closely with staff from all levels of CEQ.  The pace in the office is fast, so accuracy and attention to detail are critical.  Interns should expect to assume an increasing level of responsibility as they gain experience in the office.  Other essential intern duties include answering phones, routing mail, copying  documents, filing and retrieving information (conventionally or electronically), and assembling briefing materials. 

Applicants Must Demonstrate the Following Qualifications:

  • High motivation and self-initiative.
  • Willingness to contribute where needed.
  • Ability to handle the inherent pressure that comes with working within the Executive Office of the President.
  • Excellent communications skills.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Relevant classroom or practical experience.

CEQ gives preference to applicants who are available to work full-time but also will consider applicants who are seeking a part-time position.  CEQ will work with interns who are attempting to arrange credit with a college or university to help fulfill academic requirements. All internship positions are unpaid.

Most interns work a typical semester-based schedule, but a position may be customized based on applicant availability and project needs.

Standard Timing For Internships

Application: CEQ Internship Application (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is the CEQ Internship a paid position?  No.  CEQ Internships are unpaid positions.  Applicants are encouraged to contact educational and other non-profit organizations to apply for funding or housing assistance.  If you receive assistance, you must notify us.

  • How long should my résumé be and what should it include?  Your résumé should be no longer than two pages and should include your education, work experience, extracurricular activities, and service experiences.

  • Is housing provided?  No.  Applicants must arrange for their own housing.  Applicants are encouraged to contact educational and other non-profit organizations to apply for housing assistance.  Applicants may also contact local schools for housing opportunities.

  • Is the CEQ Internship Program part of the White House Intern Program?  No. Although the two programs and the interns may work with one another, the CEQ Internship Program is separate from the White House Intern Program.

  • Do you have to be a U.S. citizen to apply?  Yes.  In order to serve as an intern in the Executive Office of the President, you must be a United States Citizen.

  • When will I hear back from CEQ after I submit my application?  Due to the large volume of applications submitted to the CEQ Internship Program, we are not able to confirm receipt of your application.  However, if selected for an interview, you can expect to be contacted within three to four weeks after an application deadline has passed.

  • Are the start dates for the semesters at all flexible in the event of a conflicting academic or work schedule?  Yes, we can be flexible with start and end dates.