The Congressional Budget Office is a small nonpartisan agency that provides economic and budgetary analysis to the Congress. CBO's Office of Communications seeks an intern with a strong work ethic to assist with the agency's media relations and public affairs during the upcoming winter semester with the potential to extend into the summer, starting in January 2021.The successful candidate will report to the Director of Communications and will serve as a key member of the communications team. Duties include responding to phone and email inquiries from the media and the public on a wide range of topics, attending and preparing for Congressional hearings, coordinating meetings with outside groups and international visitors, helping with preparations before the release of CBO's major recurring reports, and working on other communications projects and planning as needed.
Previous communications interns have served a frontline role representing CBO and have interacted routinely with staff in every part of the agency.
Candidates must be working toward a master's degree, preferably in journalism, mass communications, radio/television, strategic communications, public relations, public policy, or a related field, and they should be strongly interested in government or political science.
Candidates must thrive in a fast-paced environment, be able to effectively handle multiple tasks, and be able to complete projects under tight deadlines. Strong written and oral communications skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a team are required. Previous experience in journalism or media relations is desirable, as are familiarity with and interest in social media.
Salary and Benefits
The hourly rate will be between $18 and $24 and will be commensurate with educational attainment and related experience. This is a temporary position that is expected to last throughout the winter/spring semester. The selected candidate would be expected to work a 32-hour week, but an alternative schedule may be considered.
How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter, a rsum, unofficial transcripts, a list of coursework for the winter/spring semester, and contact information for two references at www.cbo.gov/careers . Incomplete applications will not be considered. To ensure consideration, apply by November 13, 2020 .
This position is covered by the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998, as made applicable to CBO by the Congressional Accountability Act, as amended. The following categories of people may be eligible for preference in the hiring process: veterans who have separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after serving on active duty in the armed forces during a war, in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized, or during particular defined periods; disabled veterans; the mother, spouse, or unmarried widow or widower of certain veterans and service members who qualify for veterans status and who are able to certify that they expect to be discharged or released under honorable conditions from active duty service in the armed forces within 120 days of certification.
Retired members of the armed forces are generally excluded from those who receive veterans' preference in hiring unless they qualify as disabled veterans or retired below the rank of major (or its equivalent).
To claim this preference, an applicant must identify himself or herself as eligible for veterans' preference in the Self-Identification for Veterans' Preference section of the application. You must also complete and submit CBO's Veterans' Preference Eligibility Form together with the supporting documentation specified on that form and email the documents to VEOA@cbo.gov within two weeks of applying or no later than the deadline specified for positions with deadlines.
However, documents submitted by email may not be secure, so please remove any confidential personal identifying information (such as your Social Security number and birthdate). Do not upload supporting documentation as part of your application. Applicants may obtain a copy of CBO's Veterans' Preference in Appointments policy by submitting a written request to firstname.lastname@example.org .
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