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CUNY Institute for State & Local Governance (ISLG) Internship

ISLG is seeking enrolled CUNY graduate students to aid in research for The Volcker Alliance’s Truth and Integrity in State Budgeting report.

The project will run from September 2018 to the end of April 2019, during which the chosen student(s) will be asked to provide deep research into the workings of various state’s budgets and the processes which craft them. Students will be asked to utilize multiple sources to obtain desired information, as well as articulate their findings in a manner that a general audience would understand. Students should be able to commit to working at ISLG’s Manhattan office for at least one hour each week, as well as completing assigned work by defined deadlines.

This is a paid position and a wonderful opportunity for anyone with an interest in and desire to learn more about the minutia and nuance of state budgets and government functions. ISLG will provide workshops to both train the student(s) for the project and provide a robust learning experience in local government.

Students will be paid a stipend of $6,000 total for the academic year, disbursed in equal payments over the course of the year. Payments are contingent on approval by ISLG project supervisors of the work produced.


Student Eligibility Criteria

• Currently enrolled, full-time CUNY graduate student (Master’s or PhD level)
• Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
• At least one faculty referral
• Available to come in for at least one-hour a week over the course of the Fall and Spring semesters and for additional workshops
• Possess the self-motivation to work from home, when needed, and complete work by deadlines
• Proper work authorization required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

To apply, click here:

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but preference will be given to those submitted in mid-September. In-person interviews will commence shortly after submission. Training for the accepted students will begin in late September.

For questions on the project, please reach out to Taylor Swabb at