Summer Internships

We are no longer accepting applications for Summer 2017 internships.

We will accept applications for Summer 2018 internships starting in October 2017.

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. Additional information about the LAO can be found on our Web site at

The LAO operates a 12-week summer internship program as part of its overall recruiting strategy. These internships provide a rigorous analytical experience for 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.

Duties and Responsibilities

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 the end of the program, the intern will give a presentation on his or her work to executive staff at the LAO.

Intern Projects

The LAO attempts to select projects that are of interest to the intern and/or in a policy area in which the intern already has some expertise.

In the summer of 2015, our interns worked on the following projects:

  • An analysis of the state's childcare voucher system.
  • An analysis of the state's programs to address high-emitting vehicles.
  • The initial steps in the development of a microsimulation model to forecast the state's long-term care needs.
  • An analysis of methodologies used to forecast the state's costs for employee and retiree healthcare benefits.

The LAO is an equal opportunity employer.