Summer Internships Available

(Openings: Summer 2015 Internships)

Deadline for Applications is December 19, 2014

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 $2,650 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 2013, our interns worked on the following projects:

  • An analysis of the state's parolee substance abuse treatment programs.
  • An analysis of Medi-Cal participants' access to care and Medi-Cal plans' compliance with state standards.
  • An analysis of the incentives and barriers to incorporation for new cities in California.

In the summer of 2012, our interns worked on the following projects:

  • An analysis of K-12 school district spending changes as a result of funding reductions and increased categorical flexibility.
  • An analysis of correctional officer overtime.
  • An analysis of counties’ innovative practices for increasing participation and efficiency in distributing the State’s CalFresh benefits.
  • An analysis of the oversight and regulation of private postsecondary educational institutions in California.

Application and Selection Process

The LAO is now accepting applications for internships. The deadline for applications is December 19, 2014. Applicants should submit a letter, resume, and three references (name, relationship, and phone number only) to Larry Castro, Administrative Officer.

Please email your packet to:

Candidates selected for interviews will be contacted by e-mail for purposes of scheduling the interview, which can occur by phone, videoconference, or in person. Candidates not selected for interviews will be notified by e-mail.

Interviews will take place in January and Feburary 2015. Offers will be extended by March 2015.

Questions on this position or about the LAO should be directed to Sarah Kleinberg, Assistant Administrative Officer (

The LAO is an equal opportunity employer.