Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program

The Koch Summer Fellow Program is now being hosted by the Charles Koch Institute. To find out more and apply, visit:


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More than 80 organizations participate in the Koch Summer Fellow Program. Identify four that match your interests and career goals, then apply. The list of organizations will be updated throughout the fall, so please check back. 

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Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions

(Bowling Green, KY) "Best practices for a better Kentucky." The Bluegrass Institute is an independent research and educational organization offering free-market solutions to Kentucky's most pressing problems. Interns conduct research, write, work hand-in-hand with their Associate, and support ongoing programming. Open to students in any major and coursework with a strong interest in policy and politics. Qualified candidates should have excellent writing skills, an in-depth knowledge of social networking tools such as wikis, blogs, Facebook, and MySpace, and may need to bring their own laptop.

Economic Policy, Education, Free Speech / First Amendment / Campaign Finance, Government Reform, Regulation, State Policy, Tax Policy
Government / Poli Sci, Other Liberal Arts
Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions

(Columbus, OH) The Buckeye Institute’s mission is to set the policy debate in Ohio by researching and promoting relevant, data-driven solutions to Ohio’s most pressing public policy issues. Our main topics of interest are government accountability and transparency; job creation and entrepreneurship; and economic freedom and competitiveness. Since the Buckeye Institute is a small organization, interns would be exposed to all facets of the institute’s operations. Interns would have a wide variety of opportunities including conducting research, writing short policy articles, assisting in development, and aiding in grassroots education.

Criminal Justice, Economic Policy, Education, Energy, Government Reform, Regulation, State Policy, Tax Policy
Business, Economics, Government / Poli Sci
Caesar Rodney Institute

(Dover, DE) The Caesar Rodney Institute (CRI) is a research and education organization dedicated to the measured improvement in the quality of life, the degree of individual liberty, and opportunity for personal fulfillment for all Delawareans. CRI seeks to become Delaware’s preeminent nonpartisan, free market oriented think tank. The Caesar Rodney Institute’s vision is to be the catalyst for improved performance, accountability, and efficiency in Delaware government. Being the catalyst means providing quality information, solutions , and critiques to Delaware government spending and policy decisions in an effort to improve the lives and liberty of Delawareans.

Development, Economic Policy, Education, Energy, Heath / Welfare
Cascade Policy Institute

(Portland, OR) Cascade’s organizational mission is to promote public policy alternatives that foster individual liberty, personal responsibility, and economic opportunity in Oregon. To accomplish their mission, the Institute shares their research through publications, educational programs, legislative leadership forums, and special events. Interns research and write on topics under study by the Institute, such as education, healthcare, transportation, land use, property rights, environment, low-income populations, and tax/budget issues. Interns also spend a small amount of time attending seminars, field trips, and other local events. Backgrounds in business, economics, political science, public policy, or law, as well as an understanding of statistical methods, are preferred but not required. Interns should have completed their sophomore year of college and be at least 20 years old. Graduate students are preferred. Interns must bring a laptop capable of accessing Cascade's wireless network.

Education, Heath / Welfare, Regulation, State Policy, Tax Policy
Business, Economics, Government / Poli Sci, Journalism, Law, Other Liberal Arts, Sciences
Cato Institute

(Washington, DC) Cato interns are responsible for balancing administrative and clerical duties with substantive policy research. Each intern is assigned to one or more policy directors and will be responsible for conducting research for any publication, speech, or book that the director may be writing at that time. Applicants should specify the policy analyst for whom they would like to work. This is the most popular and competitive internship requested and only a few spots are reserved for Koch Summer Fellows. Apply early for this opportunity. Applicants are required to submit the Cato Internship Application (Deadline: March 1) in addition to applying for the Koch Summer Fellow Program.

Criminal Justice, Development, Drug Policy, Economic Policy, Education, Energy, Environment, Foreign Policy / International Relations, Free Speech / First Amendment / Campaign Finance, Government Reform, Grassroots Activism, Gun Control / 2nd Amendment, Heath / Welfare, International Trade, Journalism, Labor / Immigration, Law (clerk), Law (intern), Regulation, Religion & Liberty, Science Policy, Social Security, State Policy, Tax Policy, Technology / Telecommunications
Business, Economics, Government / Poli Sci, Journalism, Law, Other Liberal Arts, Sciences
Center for College Affordability and Productivity

(Washington, DC) CCAP is a nonprofit research center dedicated to the issues of rising costs and stagnant efficiency in higher education, with a special emphasis on developing market-based solutions. Interns will be involved with all facets of the center's operations, especially assisting the Director and Research Director in researching higher education data and assisting the Associate Director with administrative duties, public relations, grant writing, website updates, blogs, and other tasks. Candidates should have completed some coursework in economics, public policy, political science, education, or a related field, and have an interest in higher education or economics. They should be self-directed, independent, and comfortable working in a small office environment.

Economics, Government / Poli Sci, Journalism, Other Liberal Arts
Center for Competitive Politics

(Alexandria, VA) Founded by former FEC Chairman Bradley A. Smith and Steve Hoersting, CCP exists to educate the public through litigation, policy analysis, media communication, and educational activities on the benefits of freedom and dynamism in the area of campaign finance and election law. We promote the First Amendment political rights of speech, assembly, and petition and oppose McCain-Feingold style regulation of campaign funding and other regulations that restrict the ability of citizens to participate in the political process. Interns will draft policy primers and op-eds for publication, with supervision from a CCP academic advisor; research and cull studies in the area of campaign finance and ethics laws; and blog on campaign finance issues with the guidance of a CCP advisor. Qualified candidates should have an interest in political science or political law.

Free Speech / First Amendment / Campaign Finance
Economics, Government / Poli Sci, Journalism, Law
Center for Individual Freedom

(Alexandria, VA)The Center participates in major litigation on behalf of fundamental individual rights protection and seeks to make its voice heard on important legislative issues affecting constitutional rights and freedoms. Interns will have the opportunity to research for policy papers, write for the Center's weekly e-mail newsletter, and write a topical policy paper for publication on the Center's website.

Criminal Justice, Free Speech / First Amendment / Campaign Finance, Law (intern), Regulation
Government / Poli Sci, Law, Other Liberal Arts
Center of the American Experiment

(Minneapolis, MN) The Center of the American Experiment is a public policy and educational institution that brings conservative and free market ideas to bear on the hardest problems facing Minnesota and the nation. To accomplish this mission, the Center publishes original research, writes commentaries, commissions studies, presents public programs featuring local and national experts, hosts legislative roundtables, and delivers presentations to students and civic organizations. Interns provide research assistance for policy fellows in one or more of the following areas: education, culture, healthcare, and energy/environment. Interns will also write a policy paper on a topic of their choice that will be published and distributed to the Center's supporters. All candidates must have a strong background in utilizing internet-based research databases and must be able to work independently.

Economic Policy, Education, Energy, Environment, Government Reform, Heath / Welfare, Regulation, Religion & Liberty, State Policy, Tax Policy
Economics, Journalism, Law
Citizens Against Government Waste

(Washington, DC) CAGW is a private, non-partisan, nonprofit organization representing more than one million members and supporters nationwide. CAGW's mission is to eliminate waste, mismanagement, and inefficiency in the federal government. Interns conduct research for CAGW's numerous policy papers.

Economic Policy, Energy, Government Reform, Tax Policy, Technology / Telecommunications
Economics, Government / Poli Sci, Journalism, Law
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