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Student Trainee (Program Assistant)

Multiple Divisions (Intern)
Closing date:
Washington, DC
(30) $21–$37 See information on grades and base pay ranges
Who may apply:
Open to Students (Pathways Internship)


Locations:  Washington, DC; Chicago, IL; Atlanta, GA

These are excepted service appointments in the CFPB Pathways Intern Program. These appointments may be eligible for conversion to a permanent position and may be extended past 12 weeks at management discretion. The incumbent serves as a student trainee, and receives on-the-job training in the technical aspects of the organization’s work. 

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It is anticipated that there will be significant interest in the announcement. As a result, the announcement will close at 11:59 p.m. ET on the date of receipt of the 250th application or at 11:59 p.m.  ET on 11/7/2019; whichever occurs first. Any required documents should be submitted at the time that you apply as documents will not be accepted after the vacancy closes.

The major duties of this position include:

  • Collecting data from prescribed sources that are used by more senior analysts for incorporation into studies, program analyses, and testimony. Assists higher level analysts in collecting and organizing information and data for reports and long-term projects.
  • Assisting senior analysts with research initiatives. As directed, conducts general or legal research on consumer financial trends and issues; or interpretive and compliance matters under the Dodd-Frank Act or other federal financial laws, for inclusion in memoranda and directives.
  • Assisting in conducting quality checks of information in CFPB databases.
  • Drafting written products on economic, social, and consumer financial topics.

The CFPB is looking for summer student interns in the following divisions (offices):

Office of the Director

The Office of Director is composed of five groups that work closely together to support the functions of the Director and Bureau as a whole. The five groups are Front Office, Office of Strategy, Office of Innovation, Office of Legislative Affairs, Office of Equal Opportunity and Fairness,


The Operations Division is the operational support arm of the Bureau. The Division includes the following program offices supported by a central front office: Administrative Operations, Office of Human Capital, Technology and Innovation, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, and Office of Procurement.

Research, Markets and Regulations

Research, Markets & Regulations is responsible for monitoring consumer financial markets, conducting research, and writing rules. The Division includes the following program offices supported by a central front office: Card, Payment & Deposit Markets, Consumer Lending, Reporting & Collection Markets, Mortgage Markets, Small Business Lending Markets, Office of Regulations and Office of Research.

Consumer Education and Engagement

The Consumer Education and Engagement Division provides information for American consumers to consider in their financial decision making process. The Division includes six program offices supported by a central front office: Consumer Engagement, Financial Education, Consumer Response, Servicemember Affairs, Older Americans, and Community Affairs

External Affairs

External Affairs ensures that the Bureau converses with stakeholders and the American public in order to promote understanding, transparency, and accountability. The Division includes Office of Legislative Affairs, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of Financial Institutions & Business Liaison, Office of Public Engagement & Community Liaison and Office Advisory Board and Councils.

Supervision, Enforcement and Fair Lending

Supervision, Enforcement and Fair Lending ensures compliance with federal consumer financial laws by supervising market participants and bringing enforcement actions when appropriate. It includes the Office of Supervision Examinations, the Office of Supervision Policy, and the Office of Enforcement, as well as a central front office.

Travel Required

  • Not required

Supervisory Status

  • No

Promotion Potential

  • 30

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Open to Students (Pathways Internship)

Open to current students pursuing a relevant degree or certificate.

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