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Internship Opportunities

Would you like to learn more about the inner workings of State Government and a variety of career fields?  The Office of Policy and Management (OPM) offers unpaid student internship opportunities each semester (Fall, Winter/Spring, and Summer) for students in good standing who are actively pursuing an advanced or undergraduate degree.  Our internship program provides qualified students the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the workforce.  To be eligible to intern at our agency, participants must be in good standing with their learning institution and actively pursuing an advanced or undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s, Master’s, JD or PhD). 

OPM functions as the Governor’s staff agency and plays a central role in state government, providing the information and analysis used to formulate public policy for the State.  The agency is headed by a Secretary and Deputy Secretary; and has nine (9) divisions which report to the Office of the Secretary:

1.  Administration

2.  Budget and Financial Management

3.  Comprehensive Planning and Intergovernmental Policy Division

4.  Criminal Justice Policy and Planning

5.  Finance

6.  Labor Relations

7.  Legal Affairs

8.  Legislative Affairs

9.  Policy Development and Planning

As the Governor’s staff agency, OPM plays several critical roles; including:

  • Preparing the Governor’s budget proposal and implementing the execution of the budget as adopted by the General Assembly.
  • Analyzing and assessing the financial, programmatic, and legislative proposals of State agencies, the General Assembly, and the federal government.
  • Coordinating/leading interagency problem-solving efforts.

In addition, OPM is responsible for the administration of grant programs, staffing committees and boards, and authoring key publications and reports.

Click on the links below for details about current OPM internship opportunities. Please specify in your cover letter and which position(s) you would like to be considered for.

Administration Division:

Administration Division:  Information Technology Analyst Internship 

Administration Division:  Records Management / Archival Records Internship

Budget and Financial Management Division:

Budget Division Internship

Comprehensive Planning and Intergovernmental Policy Division:

Comprehensive Planning and Intergovernmental Policy Office of Responsible Growth Internship

Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division:

Criminal Justice Adult Policy Unit Internship

Criminal Justice Research Internship

Office of Finance:

            There are no internship opportunities in the Office of Finance at this time

Office of Labor Relations:

            There are no internship opportunities in the Office of Labor Relations at this time

Office of Legal Affairs

There are no internship opportunities in the Office of Legal Affairs at this time

Office of Legislative Affairs:

Legislative Internship

Policy Development and Planning Division:

There are no internship opportunities in the Policy Development and Planning Division at this time

Internships can be customized to meet the students’ interests and educational background.  Students must be available for a minimum of 10 hours per week. Since the academic requirements of participating institutions of higher education may vary, each intern should consult with his or her college or university advisor or internship director for specific academic requirements and credits to be awarded (if applicable) for participation in the program. 

Unpaid interns may not independently perform the regular work performed by employees; however they may shadow employees to gain experience and/or complete assignments, write papers, develop proposals, issue surveys, and collect data, etc. as part of their educational experience as approved by their learning institution. 

A workable and mutually beneficial relationship between the students, their instructors, and OPM is a major goal of the internship program.  Every effort will be made to affect a match that is satisfactory to all parties.  All internships are unpaid.

Process: Interested students should submit (1) a completed application form, (2) a completed college internship verification form (if the internship will be for academic credit),(3) a cover letter, (4) a resume, (5) a list of coursework directly relevant to the internship, and (6) a copy of their school transcript Note: Transcripts do not need to be the “official” version.  All required documents should be e-mailed to

Application Deadlines:

Winter/Spring Semester – November 1st;

Summer - April 1st;

Fall Semester – July 15th.

Late applications will be considered.  For more information, contact

The State of Connecticut’s Office of Policy and Management is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

(Revised 10/17/2018)