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Internships, Scholarships, and Conferences

INTERNSHIPS 

Spring and Summer Koch Internship Program  now open

Want to build your resume while advancing economic freedom? The Koch Internship Program is an opportunity to not only work for a think tank or public policy organization in Washington, DC, but also receive valuable professional education and hands-on experience. Designed for students and recent graduates who are passionate about economic freedom, the program offers a chance to develop your knowledge and skills, while building a valuable professional network and understanding of non-profit career paths.

Three-month paid professional education and training program for those interested in advancing economic freedom.

now open

Spring and Summer Koch Fellow Program

The Koch Fellow Program uniquely combines policy work experience with professional education. Through the program, fellows are connected to policy and research roles at more than 80 think tanks and non-profit organizations across the country, as well as directly with professors. Alongside this in-depth work experience on a variety of federal and state issues, fellows undertake a rigorous curriculum of market-based policy analysis, participate in professional education seminars, and engage in theoretical discourse on the ideas of a free society.

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Spring 2015 Koch Fellow Program for Communications Professionals

The Koch Fellow Program for Communications Professionals uniquely combines communications work experience with professional education.  Programming is broad-based and avocational. It will include sessions on topics such as op-ed writing, pitching, public speaking, media training, and case studies of successful communications efforts.  Through the program, fellows are placed in public relations, media relations, and other communications roles at liberty-advancing non-profit organizations in DC and throughout the states.

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Cato Institute Internship

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.

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Competitive Enterprise Institute Internship

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. Policy interns are assigned to work with one or two policy analysts for the duration of their internship.  Interns have the opportunity to research important policy issues and are expected to have strong writing, research, and analytical skills. 

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American Enterprise Institute Internship

Approximately forty-five internship opportunities are available in the fall, winter, and summer. Our internships can be categorized in the following overarching areas: economic policy, foreign and defense policy, social and political studies, public relations, The American online magazine, publications editing, marketing, government relations, and communications. Internship opportunities are available to undergraduates, graduate students, and postgraduates. Our internships are unpaid and the hours and days are flexible.

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Institute for Humane Studies Internship

The Harper Internship Program invites talented and passionate liberty advocates into the center of the liberty movement as IHS team members. Upon demonstrating the IHS Values, interns can partner with their supervisor to create internships unique to them, including flexible work hours and the ability to choose specific projects. With your initiative, interning with IHS will provide experiences that can position you to succeed in future careers. Interns often find opportunities to offer program suggestions to senior staff members, and participate in IHS all-staff meetings and internal book discussions. 

Students For Liberty Internship

In the summer of 2014, Students For Liberty launched an exciting new initiative to support pro-liberty student leaders and recent graduates who are interested in pursuing careers in liberty. SFL’s Professional Advancement Fellowship is a rigorous program designed for students and recent graduates who have both a primary understanding of the ideas of liberty and an intermediate to advanced skill level in areas such as leadership, writing, and research. The program offers a chance to develop advanced knowledge of libertarian political theory and practice, while developing a valuable network and professional skills, plus an understanding of pro-liberty career paths in management, policy, or academia. 

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The Heritage Foundation Internship

Interns work with Heritage experts on foreign and domestic policy issues in such areas as energy and the environment, the rule of law, homeland security, and health care. For those interested in business, Heritage offers the opportunity to work in communications and marketing, development, coalition building and outreach, and government relations.

American Legislative Exchange Council

Take on substantive projects and learn about state policy.

Click here to learn more: alec.org

The Independent Institute

Deadline: Applications are accepted continuously for each yearly quarter

At the Independent Institute we know that the world demands leaders for tomorrow who are well equipped to handle problems far beyond our current reach. Our growing global environment requires that our future leaders harness the power of information, innovation, and leadership in order to create a better world. To further these efforts, the Independent Institute's multi-dimensional internship program provides all participants with a hands-on approach to public policy, offering an inside look at how policy institutes operate in the rough-and-tumble world of public debate.

Click here to learn more: http://independent.org/students/internships/

Institute for Humane Studies Public Policy Internship Program

Advance your career while advancing liberty! Participate in the Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program and get intensive public policy experience at an organization focused on state, federal, or single-issue policies. Program includes two seminars outside of Washington, DC, and participants receive a stipend and housing assistance. 

Click here to learn more: theihs.org/koch-summer-fellow-program

Institute for Humane Studies Journalism Internship Program

The IHS journalism program offers paid internships in print, broadcast, new media, and investigative journalism at daily newspapers, major media outlets, and state policy think tanks across the country. Fall, spring, and summer placements.

Click here to learn more: theihs.org/ihs-journalism-internship-program

Institute for Humane Studies Harper Internship Program

This program invites interns into the core of the liberty movement, providing in-depth experience with a variety of IHS departments. Interns receive a competitive stipend, ongoing educational opportunities, and unique professional experience contributing to one of the movement’s oldest and most successful organizations.

Click here to learn more: theihs.org/harper-internship-program

Competitive Enterprise Institute

Learn and promote the ideas of liberty by being paired with a member of CEI's policy, development, media, or administrative staff.

Click here to learn more: cei.org/internships

Reason Magazine

Report, write, and assist with research and proofreading at Resason. A 10-week internship with a stipend for participants.

Click here to learn more: reason.com/intern-at-reason

The Leadership Institute

Receive training and host conservative leaders at weekly dinners and receive personal mentoring from supervisors. A stipend is provided for participants.

Click here to learn more: leadershipinstitute.org

JOBS

Koch Associate Program

Year-long professional education and training program with full-time employment for those interested in advancing economic freedom. 

Click here to learn more: kochassociateprogram.org

Liberty@Work

Web-based, ten-month professional education and training program with full-time employment at state-based non-profits.

Click here to learn more: libertyatwork.org

SCHOLARSHIPS/AWARDS

Douglas B. Rogers Conditions of a Free Society Essay Competition

Hosted by the Center for Political and Economic Thought at Saint Vincent College, the Douglas B. Rogers Conditions of a Free Society Essay Competition is open to all full-time undergraduate students currently registered in any field of study at a four-year college or university in the United States or Canada.

Submissions should address the following prompt by Frédéric Bastiat: “The state is the great fiction by which everyone endeavors to live at the expense of everyone else.”

More information can be found here.

Institute for Humane Studies

The application for the Humane Studies Fellowship is available on November 15th!

IHS awards Humane Studies Fellowships of up to $15,000 to graduate students and outstanding undergraduates planning academic careers with liberty-advancing research interests.

The fellows are researching ideas that will further individual liberty - ideas such as the influence of historical events upon contemporary laws, how individuals respond to government restrictions, and potential new institutions and approaches that maximize freedom of action.

For more information and to apply online please visit:  http://www.theihs.org/humane-studies-fellowships.

Cato Institute Student Contests

Cato on Campus Student Contest:
Deadline: The end of each month

Students are encouraged to integrate Cato's vast research materials into essays submitted for course credit. At the end of each month, Cato on Campus will highlight the best essay or research paper submitted by a student that deals with liberty. Additionally, the author of the Essay of the Year, selected in April, will receive a full scholarship to the Cato University at Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego, Calif. (which covers room, board and tuition).
Visit http://www.catooncampus.org/contestinclassroom for more information.

Cato on Campus YouTube Contest:
Deadline: The end of each month

Students are required to combine creativity with new technology to develop short videos that promote liberty and identify libertarian students with the passion and skills to take the message of liberty into the 21st century. Each month, Cato on Campus will highlight the best YouTube video submitted by a student that deals with liberty. If your video is featured on Cato on Campus, you will automatically receive a free Cato book. As well, the creator of the YouTube Video of the Year, selected in April, will receive a full scholarship to Cato University at Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego, Calif. (which covers room, board and tuition).
Visit http://www.catooncampus.org/contestyoutube for more information.

CONFERENCES

Foundation for Economic Education

Summer Seminars
Applications Available: January 1, 2012
Conference Dates: Varies

Conference Location: Varies

A variety of seminars are being made available this summer by the Foundation for Economic Education. Topics include Freedom 101, History and Liberty, Austrian Economics as well as many others. The seminars will be in universities across the country.
Visit http://www.fee.org/seminars for more information.

Institute for Humane Studies

Summer Seminars
Applications Available: January 1, 2012
Deadline: March 31, 2012
Conference Dates: Varies
Conference Location: Varies 

The Institute for Humane Studies offers Summer Seminars for students interested in individual liberty and economic freedom. Now in their 31st year, the seminars explore how the ideas of liberty apply to topics in history, economics, law, and philosophy, creating a unique, interdisciplinary experience. During discussion groups, students are encouraged to voice their opinions, and professors are available throughout the seminars for questions. The seminars take place on college campuses throughout the United States. All participants receive a full scholarship for lodging, meals, and materials.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES 

 Below are some useful resources for those interested in a career in the free-market nonprofit sector.

Here are some development programs that may be of interest to those wishing to learn more about think tank management, policy, and the principles of a free society.

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