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Intern - Public Policy Research - Fall 2022

*In order to be considered for an internship, you must apply directly through our online application here.*

Are you trying to begin a career in policy, communications, or law? Do you want a rich education in contemporary policy issues—and the philosophical, historic, and economic underpinnings of those issues? A Cato internship might be right for you.

Cato’s paid internships are for undergraduates, recent graduates, graduate students, law students, and early-career professionals who have a strong commitment to individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace—principles that, taken together, constitute libertarianism, known alternately as “classical liberalism,” “market liberalism,” or, to many of our international friends, just “liberalism.”

Most Cato interns work primarily as researchers for our policy scholars. Other placements include defense and foreign policy, health care policy, constitutional studies, and numerous others.
Other interns work in communication-oriented roles, including media relations, external affairs, and video production.

All Cato interns attend the same intensive seminar series, which covers a broad range of history, philosophy, policy, and professional development topics. Interns also assist with events and occasionally help Cato staff with other day-to-day needs.

Interns receive competitive compensation. Part-time positions are adjusted accordingly and carry a minimum of 25 hrs/wk. In-person work is encouraged but remote work can be accommodated.

For more information about the internship program and experience, we encourage you to explore our website.

If you have any questions, feel free to email Cortez Bartolome, student programs coordinator, at