The Department of Economics & Business Administration

National Internship Opportunities

For a helpful list of more internships and job opportunities in Libertarian and Conservative think tanks and non-profits, check out the Liberty Guide

Koch Internship Program (KIP)

Website | Application

"During the program, each intern works at a non-profit 501(c)(3) partner organization through a collaboration with the Charles Koch Foundation and spends every Tuesday at the Charles Koch Institute engaging in reading discussions, group projects, lectures, and Market-Based Management workshops. Roles vary, and include policy research, communications, operations, donor relations, and more."

  • Duration of summer program: June 2nd to August 15th
  • Summer and semester opportunities
  • Location: mostly Washington, D.C., but partner organizations in a few other places.
  • Summer 2014 applications are open
  • Summer 2014 application deadline: March 1
  • Paid: Yes

Koch Summer Fellowship Program (KSFP)

Website

"The Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program combines a paid public policy internship with two career and policy seminars. Fellows gain real-world experience, take a crash course in market-based policy analysis, and acquire the professional skills necessary to effect change. Participating internship hosts include more than 80 think tanks and policy organizations across the United States." 

  • Duration of summer program: June 1st to August 9th
  • Location: either Washington, D.C. or state-based, depending on the host organization
  • Summer 2014 applications are not open yet
  • Paid: Yes

Koch Associate Program (KAP) (related to the Koch Internship listed above, but year-long.)

Website | Application 

 "Associates spend one day a week immersed in Market-Based Management curriculum while working full time in Washington, D.C. The program not only connects students with full-time positions at non-profit partner organizations, but also includes weekly professional education. It’s a unique chance to combine profession with passion while expanding one's knowledge, skills, and network." 

  • The program begins on June 23, 2014
  • Year-long
  • Location: Most internships are in Washington, D.C., but location depends on the partner  organization. 
  • 2014-2015 applications are open; 2013-2014 application deadline: Unknown
  • Paid: Yes

Koch Liberty at Work (Year-long)

Website | Application  

"Liberty at Work is a web-based professional education and training program for individuals interested in advancing economic freedom. In collaboration with state-based non-profit organizations from all across the country, participants have the chance to undergo management training for four hours every Wednesday and further expand their skills and network while working in full-time positions. Additionally, participants travel to Washington, DC for the first week of the program and meet in-person for two other professional education summits.

  • Location: Depends on the partner organization
  • Duration: dates unknown, year-long
  • Applications open now
  • Application deadline: July 1
  • Paid: Yes

Foundation for Economic Education (FEE)

Website | Application 

“The Foundation for Economic Education is looking for passionate, dedicated, and talented college students to join our internship program. Each FEE intern plays an important role in helping FEE pursue the mission of inspiring, educating, and connecting future leaders with the principles of a free society.” Roles in operations (organizing seminars), photography, and videography.

  • Duration: May to August
  • Location: Atlanta, GA
  • Only summer internships
  • Summer 2014 applications opening soon 
  • Paid: Yes

Harper Internship

Website | Application

Run by the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS); general operations; offers many different ways to contribute to this awesome organization. Allows you to choose your departments and projects.

  • Duration (Summer): Flexible start and end dates.
  • Summer 2014 applications open now
  • Summer and semester opportunities
  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Paid: Yes

The Heritage Foundation

Website | Application 

Think tank “whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.”

  • Duration: June 2nd to August 8th
  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Summer 2014 applications are open
  • Summer 2014 application deadline: February 1st
  • Summer and semester opportunities 
  • Requirements: Rising junior or older
  • Paid: Yes

The Cato Institute

Website | Application

Cato internships are for undergraduates, regardless of major, recent graduates, graduate students, or law students who have a strong commitment to individual liberty, private property, free markets, limited government, and the philosophy of classical, or market, liberalism.

  • Duration: Early June to late August
  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Summer 2014 applications are open
  • Summer 2014 application deadline: March 1st
  • Summer and semester opportunities
  • Paid: Yes

Kirby Center

Website | Application

"Divided into spring, summer, and fall classes, Kirby Center full-time, paid interns will promote Hillsdale College's mission of liberal arts and responsible citizenship in Washington by working alongside Kirby Center staff. Interns will gain valuable experience and a chance to develop their professional skills by assisting with research, programs, and events."

  • Duration: Late May or early June then through August
  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Summer 2014 applications are open
  • Summer 2014 application deadline: April 13
  • Summer and semester opportunities
  • Paid: Yes

Office of Congressman Justin Amash

Website | Application 

"Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI) seeks hardworking, enterprising interns for the spring semester in his Washington, D.C. office. Duties may include but are not limited to: answering phones, sorting mail, data entry, giving and coordinating Capitol tours, and assisting staff with research and legislative correspondence."

  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Duration: Unknown; full-time and part-time positions
  • Summer and semester opportunities
  • Summer 2014 applications are not open yet
  • Paid: No

Young Americans for Liberty (YAL)

Website | Application

“Interns must complete important tasks which require them to manage their time, utilize their organization skills, and exhibit a strong work ethic. YAL is only interested in motivated, hard-working students who meet deadlines and are ready to perform immediately at a high level. ”

  • Duration: unknown
  • Location: Arlington, VA (Near Washington, D.C.)
  • Summer 2014 applications open: unknown
  • Must be a member of YAL, but you can easily join.
  • Paid: Yes (with provided housing)

Americans for Prosperity

Website | Application

“We equip interns with life-long career skills to enable them to more effectively change the cultural dialogue towards free market philosophy. Interns have the opportunity to work closely with headquarters and state staff on substantive projects to advance the
cause of liberty. Intern responsibilities vary by department, but are flexible depending on what experience the intern wants to gain from his or her internship.”

  • Duration: May 23rd to August 12th, may be flexible
  • Location: State-based, so many possible locations.
  • Summer and semester opportunities available
  • Summer applications are open
  • Summer application deadline: unknown
  • Paid: Yes

Young America’s Foundation (YAF)

Website | Application 

“Young America’s Foundation’s internship program provides useful and effective training for student leaders preparing for a career in the Conservative Movement.” Emphasizes development of writing and speaking skills.

  • Headquarters Internship or Reagan Ranch Center Internship
  • Duration: Flexible start/end dates
  • Location: Herndon, VA, or Reagan Ranch in Santa Barbara, CA
  • Summer and semester opportunities
  • Summer 2014 applications are open
  • Summer 2014 application deadline: April 1
  • Paid: Yes

Young America’s Foundation and National Journalism Center

Website | Application

The 12-week program combines weekly seminars, assigned reporting drills, and working journalism through internships with newspapers, magazines, broadcast outlets, and other media outlets.

  • Duration: May 13th to August 1st
  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Summer and semester opportunities
  • Summer 2014 applications are open (processed on rolling basis)
  • Summer 2014 early application deadline: December 1
  • Summer 2014 application deadline: March 1
  • Paid: Could be; many media outlets in DC require the internship to be taken for college credit (thus, unpaid).

Independent Institute

Website | Application

“The Independent Institute is a non-profit, non-partisan, scholarly research and educational organization that sponsors in-depth studies of critical social and economic issues. The mission of the Independent Institute is to boldly advance peaceful, prosperous, and free societies grounded in a commitment to human worth and dignity.”

  • Location: Oakland, CA
  • Duration: Flexible
  • Types of internships: Acquisitions (publishing), Communications, Donor Relations, Marketing, Publications and Information Technology.
  • Summer and semester opportunities
  • Summer 2014 applications are open
  • Paid: No, but those interning in June and August may participate in the week-long, in-house Summer Seminar on Liberty, Economy and Society.

Competitive Enterprise Institute

Website | Application

"The CEI intern program seeks to help interested undergraduates, recent college graduates, and graduate students learn about the ideas of liberty and help to promote them by pairing them with a member of CEI’s policy, development, media, or administrative staff."

  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Duration: June to August
  • Summer and semester opportunities
  • Summer 2014 applications are open
  • Summer 2014 application deadline: April 15
  • Paid: $30/day or academic credit

American Enterprise Institute

Website | Application

"AEI internships provide students with an opportunity to work with some of America's most renowned scholars, economists, political scientists, and foreign policy specialists conducting research on today’s prominent public policy questions."

  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Duration: Flexible
  • Summer and semester opportunities
  • Summer 2014 applications are open
  • Summer 2014 application deadline: April 1st, processed on a rolling basis
  • Paid: No, but there is complementary breakfast and lunch provided by an in-house gourmet chef.

The Tax Foundation

Website | Application

 "We offer a unique internship program designed to introduce undergraduate and graduate students to tax policy principles, and apply them in assessing and advancing public policy. Working directly with our staff in various areas of tax policy, interns gain valuable professional experience and learn about all aspects of our operation."

  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Summer and semester opportunities
  • Summer 2014 applications are open
  • Paid: No

Americans for Tax Reform

Website | Application 

"Americans for Tax Reform offers the chance to work alongside some of the best political advocates in Washington, as well as the opportunity for increasing responsibility. Interns are assigned to work on policy issues side by side with members of our staff."

  • Location: Washington, D.C.     
  • Summer and semester opportunities
  • Summer 2014 applications are open
  • Paid: Yes

Reason Magazine

Website | Application 

Reason, the monthly print magazine and popular website of "free minds and free markets," covers politics, culture, and ideas through a provocative mix of news, analysis, commentary, and reviews. The internship includes reporting and writing for Reason and Reason Online, and helping with research, proofreading, and other tasks. Previous interns have gone on to work at such places as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, ABC News, and Reason itself.

  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Duration: 10 weeks, June to August
  • Summer and semester opportunities
  • Summer 2014 applications are open    
  • Summer 2014 application deadline: March 26
  • Paid: Yes

Institute for Justice

Website | Application

  Clerks and interns participate in the day-to-day activities that make up the Institute's fast-paced litigation docket. IJ's legal staff draws upon clerk and intern talent for assistance with legal research, brief writing, client interviewing, drafting affidavits, op-ed writing, and a host of other key litigation responsibilities.

  • Location: Washington, D.C., as well as state opportunities
  • Duration: Beginning of June to mid August
  • Summer and semester opportunities
  • Summer 2014 applications are open

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)

 Website | Application 

“FIRE offers an eight-week, paid Summer Internship Program as part of our efforts to educate students about individual rights at colleges and universities. This internship gives current undergraduates the opportunity to assist FIRE in defending civil liberties on campuses all across the country.”

  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
  • Summer and semester opportunities
  • Summer 2014 applications are open
  • Summer 2013 application deadline: March 14 
  • Paid: $2,800 stipend

Federal Reserve

Website | Application

  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Duration: 90 days, flexible begin and end dates 
  • Summer and semester opportunities
  • Summer 2014 applications are open
  • Summer 2014 application deadline: April 1
  • Paid: Some internships are, and some are not.

Atlas Economic Research Foundation

Website | Application

"Our vision is of a free, prosperous and peaceful world where limited governments defend the rule of law, private property and free markets. Our mission is to strengthen the worldwide freedom movement by identifying, training, and supporting individuals with the potential to found and develop effective independent organizations that promote our vision in every country." Atlas has more than 400 partner organizations in over 80 countries, and you can explore the global freedom movement with this interactive map. An internship with Atlas would take place at their office in Washington, D.C..

  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Duration: Flexible
  • Summer and semester opportunities
  • There is no official application form, so if interested, please contact Kristina Crane at kristina.crane@atlasnetwork.org.

National Taxpayers Union

Website | Application

"Both NTU and NTUF offer a strong internship program for college students and recent graduates to learn more about limited government and free-market principles. Specifically, interns receive hands-on experience working to help achieve and implement tax reform and decrease wasteful spending."

  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Duration: Flexible
  • Summer and semester opportunities available
  • Applications accepted on a rolling basis
  • Paid: No