Graduate Summer Internship Program

Sacramento, CA

We are no longer recruiting for summer 2021 internships.

The virtual recruitment panel presentation recordings are now available to view at the links below:

The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) provides nonpartisan fiscal and policy analysis to the California Legislature. The primary activities of the LAO are to:

  • Assist the Legislature in all aspects of the budget process through its analytical and oversight activities.

  • Respond to legislative requests for information about and analysis of the state’s budget and programs.

  • Conduct independent studies and produce self-generated reports on topics of importance to the state.

The LAO deals with real-world problems that directly affect the public and assists the Legislature in setting budget priorities and state policy for one of the world’s largest economies. Working independently as well as in teams, the LAO serves as the eyes and ears of the California Legislature to ensure that state-funded programs are operating in an efficient and effective manner.

The LAO values excellence, expertise, teamwork, service, and respect for each person’s individuality.

What you will do

Interns apply the analytical techniques learned in their graduate programs to a practical issue facing the State of California.


The LAO internship program is a rigorous analytical experience open to individuals who:

  • Have completed the first year of a two-year graduate program that includes curriculum that is both quantitative and policy based.

  • Are interested in becoming a full-time fiscal and policy analyst at the LAO after graduation.


Application deadline: February 12, 2021

Program length: 12 weeks

Positions available: 3-4

Compensation: $3,200 per month

How to Apply

Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter by the deadline. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.

Please email your application packet to:

For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact the administrative coordinator, Sarah Barkman, at

The LAO is an equal opportunity employer.