Internships and Summer Funding

These opportunities are ways to make the most out of your summer, school year, and graduate time!  Many Fellows have participated in these programs.  They are a great way to continue with the work and discussions we bring to campus through the Constitutional Studies and Tocqueville Programs.

The Department can assist with travel and other expenses.  Political Science majors, see here for information about the Downes Summer Internship grant.

Undergraduate Internships and Fellowships

Abigail Adams Institute: Hosted at Harvard University, these summer seminars are an opportunity for advanced undergraduates, graduate students and select professionals to inquire into existentially meaningful questions through the study of economics, politics, culture, and philosophy.  This year's seminar offerings include "The American Proposition," "Man and Woman, Body and Soul in the Western Tradition," and "Divided We Stand: Pursuing the Common Good in the Age of Trump."  Deadline is March 22.

AEI Summer Honors Program: Hosted at the American Enterprise Institute in D.C., this funded program is a series of educational and professional development opportunities for undergraduate students. Students in the program have the chance to connect with the ideas, research, and network of AEI. Deadline is March 11.

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.

Alexander Hamilton Society National Institute: This one-week funded seminar in Washington, D.C. introduces students to the foundations of the Hamiltonian worldview and helps them begin to master American global leadership’s concepts and strategies.  Deadline is February 11.

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.  Deadline is rolling after March 1.  See here for application information.

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 February 1.

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 facilitates an internship and supplements work experiences with political studies and discussion groups.  Deadline is rolling.

Elm Institute: Hosted at Yale University, this one-week seminar on "Work, Leisure, and the Good Life" explores meaning and value of work and leisure in human life.  Deadline is March 10.

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 summer is January 21.

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 programs is February 11.

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.  Deadline for summer is March 15.

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. Deadline is February 15.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 places, 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 25.

Institute for Human Ecology, Civitas Dei Summer Fellowship: This funded, week-long seminar, held at Catholic University of America, will introduce students to foundational themes in philosophy, political theory, and theology, dealing with law, personhood, political life, and the search for happiness.

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 31.

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: Now in their tenth year, 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.

The Loeb Institute: From July 15-19, 2019, the Loeb Institute for Religious Freedom at George Washington University is delighted to offer up to 15 exceptional students the opportunity to participate in the International Religious Freedom Ministerial sponsored by the U.S Department of State.  In addition to attending sessions of the Ministerial, participants will meet with government officials and civil society activists, engage in seminar-style study of religious freedom, and enjoy free time to explore Washington, D.C. This is an all expenses paid opportunity, including travel, meals, and housing. 

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. Deadline is February 15.

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 in, throughout the year, funded 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.  Deadline is February 11.

Post-Graduate Opportunities 

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 places, 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.  Deadline is March 15.

Junior FellowsFirst 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 11.

Public Interest Fellowship:  A two-year-long program offering paid, full-time employment. Fellows will typically complete two professional rotations, each lasting approximately nine to twelve 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. Deadline is February 4.

William F. Buckley Fellowship, National Review Institute: This program is a unique opportunity for a recent college graduate to work as writer/reporter with National Review magazine for a one year term starting in May/June.  Deadline is rolling, but applications close February 16.

Graduate Seminars and Fellowships

Abigail Adams Institute: Hosted at Harvard University, these summer seminars are an opportunity for advanced undergraduates, graduate students and select professionals to inquire into existentially meaningful questions through the study of economics, politics, culture, and philosophy.  This year's seminar offerings include "The American Proposition," "Man and Woman, Body and Soul in the Western Tradition," and "Divided We Stand: Pursuing the Common Good in the Age of Trump."  Deadline is March 22.

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.  Deadline is rolling after March 1.

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 forty 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 Human EcologyCivitas Dei Summer Fellowship: This week-long seminar, held at Catholic University of America, will introduce students to foundational themes in philosophy, political theory, and theology, dealing with law, personhood, political life, and the search for happiness.

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 for graduate students who intend to use their advanced degree to teach the Richard M. Weaver Fellowship, and the Henry Salvatori Fellowship to students doing graduate work related to the American Founding.  Deadline in February 11.

Lumen Christi Institute: Now in their tenth year, 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.  Deadline is February 11.


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