Graduate Internship in Higher Education Policy and Finance

The State University of New York (SUNY) University Budget Office, located in Albany New York, is searching for a talented and highly motivated advanced SUNY graduate student to assist the office in budget preparation and analysis, and to contribute to the development and generation of policy and financial reports.

The University Budget Office provides planning and budgeting for SUNY’s state-operated, statutory, and community colleges.  Other major functions and responsibilities of the Office include but are not limited to the implementation and oversight for the annual financial plan for State appropriated funds.

Students with an interest in higher education and a strong work ethic are encouraged to apply for the position as a Graduate Intern.  The internship is a paid, part-time position during the spring 2013 semester.

Qualifications: Ideal candidates for the Higher Education Policy and Finance Internship are pursuing graduate academic programs in public administration, political science, economics, business, or related fields.  Candidates are expected to have a strong quantitative/qualitative research and analytical skills, as well as the ability to communicate clearly and concisely in writing and orally.  Knowledge of MS Excel and MS Word, and familiarity with databases and presentation packages are required.  In addition, candidates are expected to possess excellent interpersonal skills and be able to work collaboratively with professionals in the Budget Office and other System Administration offices, campus personnel, and external constituencies.

Typical Internship Assignments

The graduate intern will work closely with the University Budget Director and an Associate Budget Director for Policy and Analysis to gain knowledge of the Office’s responsibilities and functions vis-à-vis the SUNY Board of Trustees, SUNY campuses and State agencies, as well as its role in the State budget process.  Typical assignments will include but are not limited to the following:

Assist in generating data for legislative proposals relating to SUNY and higher education.

Utilize a variety of research tools to examine trends in higher education finance and policy in New York State and the nation.

Analyze tuition/fees and financial aid policies in New York State and the nation.

Consult various higher education policy websites to prepare update and best practices memos.

Collect and analyze data related to enrollment, access and affordability trends.

Assist in the preparation of policy and financial reports.

Perform other assignments that may be assigned.



The University Budget Office will accept applications for the Graduate Internship position until the position is filled.  Interested candidates are invited to apply online at

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and transcript (official or unofficial).  In your cover letter, please indicate why you have a special interest in higher education policy and finance.

State University of New York System Administration is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, color, creed, national origin, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or military status, disability, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, criminal conviction, domestic violence victim status, or retaliation.

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