Development Internship

The Mercatus Center and Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University are seeking a part-time (less then 30 hours per week) or full-time (30-40 hourse per week) Development intern for the summer.

Development intern responsibilities include:

  • Donor research
  • Assisting with donor mailings
  • Updating donor information
  • Making event invitation phone calls
  • Data entry
  • Other clerical duties

Qualified candidates must be comfortable learning a new customer management database, be familiar with Microsoft Office, and have superior research and organizational skills.  An excellent attention to detail is a must.  A strong commitment to individual freedom, and interest in economics and public policy is a plus. 

Prior experience is not required. We accept interns of all ages and experience levels, and international applicants with a visa status that allows employment in the U.S.


3434 Washington Blvd, 4th Floor
Arlington, VA 22201

Application Process

To apply, submit a one-page cover letter and one-page resume to the IHS Hiring and Professional Development department. In your cover letter, please specify:

  • How you learned about IHS's internship program
  • Why you are interested in working with IHS, specifically the development team
  • Your experience with or exposure to classical liberal/libertarian ideas
  • Your professional and academic experiences that are relevant to the internship
  • When you are available to start and how many hours you are looking for per week

*We are currently accepting applications for the Summer Semester.  Altough start dates vary slightly based on department needs, most positions begin in mid-May.

The Institute for Humane Studies, founded in 1961, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational organization that promotes the study of economic and individual freedom across a broad range of academic and professional disciplines. Through various programs, IHS promotes open inquiry, critical thinking, rigorous scholarship, and creative problem solving.

The Institute for Humane Studies is located in Arlington, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C., two blocks from the Virginia Square metro stop (on the Orange Line). IHS is a flexible, professional, open office environment that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship and provides substantial opportunity for professional and personal growth.