Resources for Undergraduates

The Institute for Humane Studies helps students and recent graduates advance their education and pursue careers as academics and future opinion leaders. We have a variety of programs to assist at each educational and career stage. 

Summer Seminars

group chattingLiberty-loving students, prepare for the ultimate summer learning experience! IHS Summer Seminars fit the best parts of the semester—brilliant teaching, stimulating discussion, and non-digital face time with like-minded peers—into one week. At each seminar, students from around the world learn from top faculty and dive into pressing economic, political, and social issues. More than twelve separate seminars, hosted at college campuses across the country, explore everything from the fundamentals of liberty, to challenging forays into advanced topics, to career-specific material focused on public policy, academia, or journalism. Students are responsible for travel costs; the rest is on us, including program costs, books, housing, and meals!

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The application deadline for summer 2012 seminars has passed, subscribe to be notified about the summer 2013 application.

Weekend Exploring Liberty Seminars

Liberty makes the best of all weekend plans: the IHS Weekend Exploring Liberty Seminars introduces students to the core principles of liberty, and one another! Discussions, lectures, and evening socials invite participants to explore the historical, economic, and philosophical bases of a free society. Stimulating conversations put freshly articulated principles to work wrestling with current issues facing our culture. Participants need to arrange their own lodging for most seminars (limited housing options may be available); materials and food are on us!

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Internship Programs

Our paid internship programs help students and recent graduates develop skills and build networks in the fields of public policy and journalism. The programs place individuals at more than 80 liberty-advancing organizations and companies across the United States during fall, spring, and summer. Both programs include weeklong career workshops that include formal training and lectures by experienced professionals:

The Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program packs liberty advancement and career progress into one fun, intensive summer experience. A sample of what’s in store for Fellows: real-world experience, training in market-based policy analysis, mentoring, skill-building workshops, peer collaboration on research projects, and lifelong friendships. Matched according to interests, Fellows intern with one of more than 80 think tanks and policy organizations across the United States. Upon graduation, participants find themselves in the company of more than 900 program alumni thriving in policy, journalism, law, business, and academic fields. Learn more!

For writers who love liberty, the IHS Journalism Internship deserves undivided attention! Since 2001, IHS has placed up-and-coming journalists into eight-week reporting internships at newspapers and broadcast media outlets across the country where supporting freedom (through the press) is the order of the day! Aspiring wordsmiths and media professionals hone skills, receive expert mentoring and job-placement assistance, and have the chance to attend the weeklong “Journalism & a Free Society” seminar. A stipend and housing assistance put financial finishing touches on this opportunity. Placements are available during the spring, summer, and fall. Learn more and apply for a fall placement by July 1. 

Jobs & Opportunities

The LibertyGuide Job Board lists jobs, internships, contests, and other opportunities to get involved with the ideas of free markets and individual rights.


IHS Humane Studies Fellowships award up to $15,000 to fulltime students embarking on liberty-advancing careers. In the 2011-2012 academic year, 195 fellows received a total of more than $750,000. The fellowships support research and work in a variety of fields including economics, philosophy, law, political science, history, sociology, and business. Current and prospective graduate students, including JD and MBA candidates, and advanced undergraduates working to advance the principles, practices, and institutions integral to a free society are eligible. »»

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