The Department of Economics & Business Administration

State Internships

State Policy Network

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A group of state-based think tanks working to advance liberty in their states. Check out the think tanks in your state, as the internship opportunities vary among organizations within the network. “State Policy Network is made up of free market think tanks—at least one in every state—fighting to limit government and advance market-friendly public policy at the state and local levels.”


Action Institute

Website | Application

A Catholic think tank whose “mission is to promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles.”

  • Types of internships: General Support Internship, Communications Internship, Web Technologies Internship
  • Duration: unspecified
  • Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Summer applications are open
  • Summer opportunities only

Ayn Rand Institute Summer Internship Program

Website | Application

  • Duration: June 2nd to June 20, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • Location: Irvine, CA
  • Summer 2014 applications are open
  • Paid: Yes, through a scholarship grant and travel stipend. Lunch is provided daily. 
  • Application Deadline: Early application due January 12, 2014 and final application due March 30, 2014

Mackinac Center for Public Policy-Michigan

Website | Application

“...a nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Michigan citizens by promoting sound solutions to state and local policy questions.”

  • Location: Midland, Michigan
  • Duration: 10 weeks, June to August
  • Summer 2014 applications are open
  • Summer 2014 application deadline: March 15
  • Paid: Yes

Manhattan Institute for Policy Research

Website | Application

"Manhattan Institute internships provide students interested in public policy with a unique work experience at a leading right-of-center think tank. MI brings free market perspective to key domestic policy issues, including budget and fiscal issues, energy, health care, education, and culture." 

  • Location: New York, NY
  • Duration: 10-12 weeks, flexible
  • Summer and semester opportunities
  • Summer 2014 applications are open
  • Paid: Yes

Sagamore Institute-Indiana

Website | Application 

Sagamore offers the unique opportunity for high-achieving college students to participate in the life of a public policy think tank and to learn firsthand about “applied research.” Currently, Sagamore offers two types of internships: research and administrative.

  • Location: Indianapolis, IN
  • Duration: Flexible
  • Summer and semester opportunities
  • Summer 2014 applications are open
  • Summer 2014 application deadline: May 15
  • Paid: No

Illinois Policy Institute

Website | Application 

 Milton Friedman Internship Program. "Named after famed Chicago School economist and free market advocate Milton Friedman, this exclusive program provides interns with the opportunity to work with the Illinois Policy Institute's policy staff and scholars to advance liberty in Illinois. Interns will work in one or several departments of the organization, each of which help advance the mission and the objective of the organization in a unique way."

  • Location: Chicago or Springfield, Illinois
  • Duration: Flexible
  • Summer and semester opportunities
  • Summer 2014 applications are open
  • Paid: unspecified

Heartland Institute-Illinois

Website | Application

Fundraising Internship. "The mission of The Heartland Institute is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. Such solutions include parental choice in education, choice and personal responsibility in health care, market-based approaches to environmental protection, privatization of public services, and deregulation in areas where property rights and markets do a better job than government bureaucracies."

  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Summer opportunities only
  • Summer 2014 applications are open
  • Paid: $150/week