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Have a passion for public policy, knack for numbers and interest in good government?

The Citizens Budget Commission could use your help.


Research Associate

We seek a research associate with a broad range of policy interests, solid critical thinking skills, excellent communication abilities and an aptitude for quantitative analysis.  Responsibilities include government budget analysis, data collection and analysis, in-depth policy research, composing presentations and written products, and actively keeping abreast of the public policy debates of the day.

Associates are largely self-directed and must be able to meet tight deadlines on multiple projects with varying time horizons. Most successful candidates have masters degrees in public policy, public administration, economics, political science, or other related social sciences.  Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to Elizabeth Lynam at


Health Policy Associate

We seek to add a staff member with interest and expertise in health policy. The health policy associate's areas of focus will include cost containment initiatives in the statewide Medicaid program, the financial viability of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, reforms of local government employee and retiree health insurance programs, and the state and local fiscal impacts of the federal Affordable Care Act. Candidates should have a working knowledge of health economics and the nature of U.S. health care finance programs. Familiarity with state and local budget concepts and practices is a plus. Key attributes of successful candidates are strong writing skills, a penchant for critical thinking, and a desire to work in a small flexible organization with other able analysts. We are open to hiring a person with a range of qualifications from a minimum of a masters degree and limited experience to a more senior analyst with substantial experience. The CBC pays salaries competitive with those of the New York City Independent Budget Office and Office of Management and Budget. 

To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to Elizabeth Lynam at



The CBC is looking for two interns to contribute to its 2014 research and advocacy agenda. Research interns work directly with associates to analyze government budgets, collect and analyze data, conduct in-depth policy research, and compose presentations and reports.  Our recent publications address important topics in economic development, pre-k, financing the MTA, tax policy and capital spending, and we also have projects underway solid waste collection and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Assignment to research projects and other activities will reflect staffing needs, as well as intern interest and experience. Applicants should study or have a background in political science, economics, public policy or administration, or urban affairs and be interested in the civic affairs of New York State and New York City. Applicants should be proficient in quantitative analysis and have excellent communication and writing skills.

Interns are expected to make a commitment of at least 18 hours a week, and can maintain a flexible schedule throughout the semester. The internship pays $15 an hour, and opportunities exist for excellent candidates to stay on for additional semesters and to transition to full-time employment.

This is an exciting opportunity to be introduced to the workings of New York government, gain familiarity with the people and politics that make the State and City tick, and contribute to the larger public policy debates of the day.

To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to Elizabeth Lynam at Put Internship in the subject line of the email.

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