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Abigail Staysa At Summer Program
Abigail Staysa at the Latin/Greek Institute at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Internships and Summer Funding

We offer an extensive database of opportunities to make the most out of your summer, school year, and graduate time. They are a great way to continue with the work and discussions we bring to campus through the Constitutional Studies and Menard Family Tocqueville Programs.

If you need assistance with applications, interview preparation, or summer planning, contact Soren Grefenstette (sorengref@nd.edu) for more information. The Center may be able to assist with travel and other expenses. 

Undergraduate Internships and Fellowships Post-Graduate Opportunities Graduate Student Opportunities

Undergraduate Internships and Fellowships

Jorge Plaza Summer Internship Photo From Media Research Center
Jorge Plaza at his summer internship at the Media Research Center in Washington, D.C.
  • Acton Institute: Apply for the Acton Institute's Emerging Leaders Program, an internship for those interested in building a more free and virtuous society. As an intern, you will engage in substantive work in one of our five core departments (Communications, Operations, Programs, Research, or Bookshop). A core goal of the Acton Internship is that all leave with an increased ability to articulate the moral case for the free enterprise system. In essence, we are assisting interns in synthesizing ideas pertaining to faith and economics. This internship includes a $1,000 stipend and housing at Grand Valley State University.
     
  • American Enterprise Institute Internships: This opportunity, based at AEI, provides students with an opportunity to work directly with some of America’s most renowned scholars, economists, political scientists, and foreign policy specialists conducting research on today’s prominent public policy questions. Deadline is rolling (the sooner the better!)
     
  • AEI Young Scholars' Awards Program: The AEI Values & Capitalism Young Scholar Award program seeks to foster high-quality academic research and writing by awarding $5,000 scholarships to up to six undergraduate students each year. Under the guidance of a faculty advisor at their school, selected students conduct year-long academic research projects on a topic of public policy or economics. Upon submitting their final projects at the end of the academic year, students travel to Washington, DC to present and defend their work before panels of experts.
     
  • American Public Philosophy Institute: Hosted at the University of Dallas, this seminar will help students to understand the natural law public philosophy that was an essential part of the principles of the American Founding. This public philosophy is one that pursues freedom and prosperity and is grounded on the moral integrity of the culture and of our social and political institutions. 
     
  • Becket Law: Becket is a non-profit, public interest law firm (focused on religious liberty). Their undergraduate internship program allows students the chance to litigate high profile religious liberty cases in the court of public opinion. Deadline is December 15.
     
  • Brookings Institution: 10-12 week program. Interns will have the opportunity to attend internal meetings, local think tank events, professional development workshops, and public Brookings events. In addition, interns may participate on Brookings sports teams and network with other interns throughout the Institution.
     
  • Cevro Institute: This one-week seminar in Prague, Czech Republic focuses on the study of classical liberal ideas. Deadline is March 15.
     
  • Charles Koch Internship Program: This paid, 10-14 week program provides motivated undergraduates with the opportunity to blend educational opportunities with meaningful work experiences. Through KIP, interns learn about impactful careers in social entrepreneurship, where leaders who come from walks of life and use their unique gifts to advance positive changes in society and help people improve their lives. The summer deadline is April 16. 
     
  • First Liberty Fellowship: Hosted in November in Washington, D.C. by First Liberty Institute, the First Liberty Fellowship is a fully-funded, week-long intensive seminar for talented undergraduates interested in law, political theory, and public policy. Applications for the fellowship open in April and the deadline is June.
     
  • Heritage Foundation Young Leaders Program: This paid, 12-15 week internship program includes working up to 37.5 hours per week, and experiences with policy briefings, in-house mentorship, Heritage events, and a First Principles Series for interns. Deadline for fall is July 1.
     
  • Hertog Foundation: Offers funded seminars on political theory and public policy throughout the summer and school year. The summer "Political Studies" program is a seven-week, funded fellowship in which students take courses in a wide variety of subjects, from political philosophy to contemporary public affairs, from economics to foreign policy. Students can apply to the seven-week program or participate in one to two week seminars, offered throughout the summer. Hertog also offers funded, weekend seminars during the school year. Deadline for summer program is March 15.
     
  • Hoover Institution: The Stanford-based Hoover Institution runs a program in D.C. It accepts full and part-time interns for a 10-week period. Interns assist DC director, scholars, and staff with special projects, attend and report on briefings on Capitol Hill and other think tanks, and more.
     
  • Hoover Institution Summer Policy Boot Camp: The Hoover Institution’s Summer Policy Boot Camp (HISPBC) is an intensive, one week residential immersion program in the essentials of today’s national and international United States policy. The program is intended to instruct college students and recent graduates on the economic, political, and social aspects of United States public policy. The goal is to teach students how to think critically about public policy formulation and its results. The program is funded, except for travel, and program dates for 2021 are TBD.
     
  • Hudson Institute: This internship is based at the Hudson Institute. Interns work a minimum of 15 hours a week in an unpaid capacity with expert researchers in areas ranging from National Security Studies to Food Policy and Political Theory. Deadline is rolling.
     
  • Hudson Political Studies: This six-week, funded summer program is for undergraduates to broaden and deepen their understanding of public policy and American political principles. It combines the rigorous study of politics and political thought in a seminar setting, with policy workshops led by think tank scholars and experienced government officials, and also a distinguished speaker series of exemplary figures from public life. 
     
  • Illinois Policy Institute: Apply to work in the largest state policy think tank in the nation. Based in Chicago and serving Illinois, IPI's mission is to take free-market principles, transform them into marketable policy solutions, and pass them into law. 
     
  • Intercollegiate Studies Institute Honors Program: This year-long fellowship begins in the summer with a funded, week-long seminar. It continues through the year with invitations to weekend seminars and contact with mentors and other members of the ISI network. Deadline is February 15.
     
  • Institute for Humane Studies: These funded, week-long summer seminars bring together aspiring academics and esteemed faculty for rigorous academic discussion that examine the merits and challenges of a free society. Graduate students and advanced undergraduates explore the profound necessity of liberty through interdisciplinary panels, lectures, and discussions.
     
  • James Wilson Institute: This internship is based at the James Wilson Institute on Natural Rights and the American Founding. Interns assist in daily operations of the office, draft publications, and help plan events. Deadline for summer is March 15.
     
  • Knights of Columbus: Work for 8 weeks in New Haven, CT with the Knights of Columbus. Interns will be partnered with a mentor, assigned measurable projects, gain real-world work experience, and build a professional network of like-minded Catholics and mission-oriented individuals.
     
  • Lumen Christi Institute: The Lumen Christi Institute Summer Seminars in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition introduce participants to central themes, figures, and texts from the Catholic tradition. This year, they are offering seminars for graduate students, junior faculty, and undergraduates. See the individual application pages for details and application requirements.
     
  • Philos Leadership Institute: The Philos Leadership Institute is a heavily subsidized, 2-week summer institute designed for Christian men and women between the ages of 18-35 who have a serious interest in working in a field that impacts the Middle East. 
     
  • Röpke-Wojtyła Fellowship: Through the Busch School of Business at Catholic University of America, this fellowship for undergraduate seniors is a call on young Catholics to explore important questions of social philosophy, such as the makings of a good society, the civilizing aspect of commerce, and the tensions between markets and community. It consists of, throughout the year, three one-day colloquia in Washington, DC, with a fourth gathering in Rome. Fellows' receive a stipend of $3,500 in two installments.
     
  • Witherspoon Institute: Hosted at Princeton University, these seminars explore vital moral questions in social, philosophical, legal, and political thought. Topics include "Natural Law and Public Affairs" and "First Principles," as well as "Moral Foundations of Law" for law students.

Post-Graduate Opportunities 

  • The Fund for American Studies: TFAS's Public Policy Fellowship is a year-long networking and education program designed to develop young leaders with a shared commitment to improving public policy. To apply, you must live and work in public policy in DC.
     
  • Illinois Policy Institute: Apply to work in the largest state policy think tank in the nation. Based in Chicago and serving Illinois, IPI's mission is to take free-market principals, transform them into marketable policy solutions, and pass them into law. 
     
  • Joseph Rago Memorial Fellowship for Excellence in Journalism: The Joseph Rago Memorial Fellowship for Excellence in Journalism provides a nine-month internship with The Wall Street Journal’s editorial team. This annual fellowship is open to recent college and journalism school graduates and journalists with less than five years’ experience. 
     
  • Junior Fellows, First Things: This program is for graduating seniors and recent graduates. Fellows work closely with the editors to produce the magazine and its website. The one-year, full-time fellowship includes housing and a modest stipend. Deadline is March 15.
     
  • Koch Associate Program: The Koch Associate Program (KAP) is a funded, year-long opportunity––job placement and coursework through Koch's Market-Based Management––for high-performing, early-career individuals to accelerate their professional growth. KAP equips associates with the principles, network, and resources to succeed as social entrepreneurs: leaders who come from all walks of life and use their unique gifts to advance positive changes in society and help people improve their lives. The summer deadline is May 31, though early decision is available if you apply earlier.
     
  • Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship: Participants will have the opportunity to find placement as a paid, full-time journalist at a participating news outlet, joining colleagues who are passionate about journalism and the critical role of the free press in society. You’ll learn from each other, on the job, and from a robust, real-world curriculum presented by seasoned, professional journalists. Deadline is February 26.
     
  • Public Interest Fellowship: A two-year program offering paid, full-time employment. Fellows will typically complete two professional rotations, each lasting approximately nine to 12 months. Outside of their jobs, fellows will complete studies in the tradition of freedom and the contemporary challenges to individual liberty and democratic self-government delivered through twice-monthly evening seminars and academic retreats; attend monthly dinners with prominent public figures; participate in professional development sessions; and take advantage of extensive networking opportunities.

Graduate Student Seminars and Fellowships

  • Claremont Institute, Publius Fellowship: Each summer, Claremont brings together a selective group of promising young conservatives to study the distinctive moral and political principles of the American constitutional order. In over 40 intensive daily seminars and relaxed evening symposia, Publius Fellows discuss political philosophy and American government with distinguished scholars. Deadline is February 15.
     
  • Clements Center: Join the University of Texas-Austin's Clements Center for National Security in Beaver Creek, Colorado for their graduate summer seminar in History and Statecraft. Applicants should be advanced doctoral students in history, political science, or policymaking.
     
  • Institute for Humane Studies: These funded, week-long summer seminars bring together aspiring academics and esteemed faculty for rigorous academic discussion that examine the merits and challenges of a free society. Graduate students and advanced undergraduates explore the profound necessity of liberty through interdisciplinary panels, lectures, and discussions.
     
  • Intercollegiate Studies Institute: Offers the Richard M. Weaver Fellowship for graduate students who intend to use their advanced degree to teach and the Henry Salvatori Fellowship to students doing graduate work related to the American Founding. Deadline on February 26.
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  • Lumen Christi Institute: The Lumen Christi Institute Summer Seminars in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition introduce participants to central themes, figures, and texts from the Catholic tradition. This year, we are offering seminars for graduate students, junior faculty, and undergraduates. See the individual application pages for details and application requirements.
     
  • Witherspoon Institute: Hosted at Princeton University, these seminars explore vital moral questions in social, philosophical, legal, and political thought. Topics include "Natural Law and Public Affairs" and "First Principles," as well as "Moral Foundations of Law" for law students.