The Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), an agency within the Executive Office of the President, was established by Congress in 1946 and is charged with providing the President objective economic advice on the formulation of both domestic and international economic policy. The Council bases its recommendations and analysis on economic research and empirical evidence, using the best data available to support the President in setting our nation’s economic policy. 

Some of the tasks of the CEA include:

  • Assisting the President in preparing the Economic Report, an annual report written by the CEA Chair that provides an overview of the nation’s economic progress
  • Analyzing information on economic developments and trends
  • Reviewing federal government policies and programs to ensure they continue to promote sound economic policy
  • Recommending economic policies that will benefit American workers

Interns will have the opportunity to work on exciting, challenging projects with real world implications. Interns support the research and analysis-based mission of the CEA by assisting the staff in researching a wide range of macroeconomic, microeconomic, and international issues and conducting statistical analysis and data collection, among other responsibilities. Interns also earn valuable experience applying their quantitative and qualitative research skills on a daily basis and learn new ways to approach questions from CEA economists. Administrative duties to support the work of the Council are also involved.

To learn more about internship opportunities at CEA, click here

Eligibility Requirements

Program participants must be U.S. citizens, at least 18 years or older before the first day of the program, and meet the following criteria:

  • Currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate degree program at a college, community college, or university (two- to four-year institution)
  • Have demonstrated interest in economics, statistics, mathematics, public policy, or finance with a strong academic record and passion for public service
  • Have excellent writing and analytical skills
  • Have experience using Microsoft Office and conducting research and analysis
  • Preferred candidates will have experience with Stata (or a similar statistical software)
  • Required to obtain and maintain a favorable security determination and undergo pre-employment drug testing
  • Required to attest to their vaccination status and must adhere to any White House-determined COVID-19 testing, masking, and/or social distancing guidance

Key Dates for Upcoming Sessions

The Council of Economic Advisers offers three internship programs each year: Fall, Spring, and Summer. 

Fall 2022 (No Longer receiving applications)

Spring 2023

  • Program Start Date: January 23, 2023
  • Program End Date: April 14, 2023
  • Application Open Date: August 29, 2022
  • Application Close Date: November 4, 2022

Summer 2023 (dates forthcoming)

Application Information 

If you are interested in applying, please email PDFs of your resume, a transcript, and a cover letter to: 

The Council of Economic Advisers

Email: recruiting@cea.eop.gov

Check back later for additional details on future programs!

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