Volunteer Internships in Legal, Communications and Graphic Design
Legislative Branch - Washington, DC

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DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION THROUGH USAJOBS. YOU MUST SUBMIT AT WWW.CBO.GOV/CAREERS. INTERNSHIPS ARE OPEN UNTIL FILLED AND CBO MAY BE AT ANY STAGE OF RECRUITMENT WHEN YOU APPLY.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is a small nonpartisan agency that provides economic and budgetary analysis to the Congress.

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    KEY REQUIREMENTS
DUTIES: GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERN-to perform various tasks in support of CBO’s graphics and infographics efforts for a 10-week period during the summer. The successful candidate will work with the web, editing, and graphics teams to produce charts and other visual displays of statistical information.
LEGAL INTERN-to assist in a variety of legal support services. The successful candidate will report to the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel. Duties include analyzing authorities for obtaining restricted information, counseling clients on issues involving government ethics, learning to review government contracts, and conducting legal research in support of CBO’s analytic products. Additional responsibilities include drafting legal memorandums and briefs about the significance to CBO of various court decisions, assisting with statutory interpretation, and verifying legal citations in CBO draft reports.
COMMUNICATIONS INTERN-ethic to assist with the agency’s media relations and public affairs. The successful candidate will report to the Associate Director for Communications and will serve as a key member of the communications team. Duties include responding to phone and e-mail inquiries from the media and general public on a wide range of topics, attending and preparing for congressional hearings, and working on other communications projects as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Interns will be required to work at least a specified number of hours per week.
TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS: GRAPHIC DESIGN- Candidates should have completed a minimum of 2 years of college (or equivalent credits) with formal training in graphic arts/graphic design and expertise with Adobe Creative Suites software. An interest in the visual display of statistical information is highly desirable. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are a must. The position also requires a person who can work independently and as a part of a team. COMMUNICATIONS-Candidates should be working toward a bachelor’s or master’s degree, preferably in journalism, mass communications, radio-television, or a related field with a strong focus or interest in government and/or political science. LEGAL-Candidates should be working toward a juris doctorate degree. The ability to handle multiple simultaneous tasks and complete projects under tight deadlines is required. Candidates should have strong communication and organizational skills and be able to perform requested legal and factual research using both electronic and manual library searches. Strong interpersonal skills are a must. The position also requires a person who can work independently and as a part of a team. Training or experience in legislative affairs and prior paralegal or legal office experience is desired, but not required.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: This internship can only be offered to students whose universities sponsor internships with federal agencies. There is no requirement for the university to pay or offer class credit for the internship but it must be willing to complete a form provided by CBO indicating that it is sponsoring this unpaid internship, which will be of educational benefit. Students must verify that their university is willing to sponsor the internship before applying, but the statement will not be required until the offer of an internship.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Documents you submit will be reviewed.

BENEFITS: No benefits.

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