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Economics Internship Program

Get a head start on a meaningful and rewarding career while working as an Economics Department student intern at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). You’ll make a difference helping the OCC keep America’s national banks and federal savings associations safe and sound.

Expand Your Opportunities

The OCC’s Economics Department conducts analysis on domestic and international economic and banking conditions. It also provides support to examiners and conducts policy analysis and original research.

The department offers a range of internships, providing you with opportunities tailored to your professional development and education needs. All positions, which are temporary, share the following characteristics to create a rewarding internship experience:

  • As a student intern, you will be given meaningful and challenging assignments based on your training and experience.
  • OCC employees will mentor you and provide you with valuable hands-on training in economics.
  • You will be compensated for your work.
  • If you are an outstanding student intern, you will have the potential for growth within the agency.

At the OCC, you’ll be part of an organization that is frequently listed among the best places to work in the federal government.

Ideal Candidates

Top candidates are likely to be studying economics, statistics, finance, business, communications, or a related field. Candidates must have demonstrated experience providing analytical and technical support, including data retrieval and statistical analysis using statistical techniques and various statistical software packages, such as SAS or STATA, to retrieve, manipulate, and analyze large data sets.

Types of Internships

The Economics Department offers internships in three specialty areas. Depending on your experience and background, you will be assigned to one of the following specialties:

  • Econometrics, which requires demonstrated programming ability using large data sets in conjunction with statistical software packages, such as SAS or STATA, or using such languages as MATLAB, R, or C;
  • Macro-financial topics, which requires demonstrated ability in analyzing and reporting on macroeconomic indicators as well as proficiency in using Haver, Bloomberg, SNL, and other vendor-provided software to get the macro-financial data the OCC uses to measure international country and banking system risk; or
  • Communications, which requires strong writing and communications skills to produce newsletters on technical topics and develop charts, tables, and other displays to convey key data and other information.

As an Economics Department student intern, your duties will include:

  • Providing analytical, research, and technical support including data retrieval, analysis, and statistical programming.
  • Producing financial tables, graphs, and reports, often with interdivisional and interdepartmental projects.
  • Maintaining familiarity with many different databases.
  • Performing background research on a variety of financial and economic topics.
  • Assisting Economics staff with statistical programming, such as SAS or STATA.
  • Working on Economics Department materials for the OCC’s intranet.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • You must be enrolled in, or accepted for enrollment in, an accredited college, including a 4-year college or university, community college, or junior college; a professional, technical, vocational, or trade school; an advanced degree program; or another qualifying educational institution and pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate.
  • You must submit a transcript with your application. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable with your application, but if you are selected for an internship, you will have to submit your official transcript.
  • You must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.9 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Get Paid While You Learn

  • Pay rates depend on school and work experience.
  • Receive a transportation subsidy.
  • Earn vacation time and sick leave.

For more information about OCC internships, including job postings and directions for applying, see the Careers at the OCC page or view the brochure here.