Summer Graduate Internships

Note: We are no longer accepting applications for Summer 2020 internships.

Legislative Analyst's Office Sacramento, California

The Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) provides nonpartisan fiscal and policy analysis to the California Legislature and has done so since 1941. The LAO (1) assists the Legislature in all aspects of the budget process, through its analytical and oversight activities; (2) responds to legislative requests for information and analysis of the state's budget and programs; and (3) conducts independent studies and produces self-generated reports on topics of importance to the state.


The intern's primary responsibility is to complete an analytical product over a 12‑week period resulting in either:

  • A stand-alone product that the LAO will publish.
  • A draft product that the LAO will incorporate into a larger product it intends to publish.
  • An internal memo describing the analysis performed over the summer, findings and recommendations, and the implications for a broader study that the LAO is conducting or considering.

During the summer, we expect the intern to quickly gather, evaluate, and analyze information on the assigned project, by conducting independent research and, in most cases, interviewing stakeholders. Typically, research projects involve some travel within California. In addition, interns perform quantitative analysis on a policy issue and apply the policy analytical techniques learned in their graduate programs to a practical issue facing the State of California.

Interns work under the direct supervision of an experienced fiscal and policy analyst.

At two points during the summer, the intern will give a presentation on his or her work to executive staff at the LAO.


The LAO internship is open to individuals who: (1) have completed the first year of a two-year graduate program in public policy, public or business administration, economics, or some other program that provides both a quantitative and policy analytical curriculum, and (2) are interested in becoming full-time fiscal and policy analysts at the LAO after graduation.


Interns receive a stipend of $2,900 per month. Benefits are not provided.


Temporary, full-time, 12-weeks


Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and three references (name, relationship and phone numbers only) 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 Sarah Barkman at

The LAO is an equal opportunity employer.