Institute for Humane Studies - Public Policy Internships


For 50 years, the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University has helped undergraduate and graduate students interested in individual liberty and economic freedeom pursue their intellectual interests and career goals.

We are now accepting applications for our paid internship programs in journalism and for our scholarships up to $15,000.

Gain legislative experience through the state-based policy track co-sponsored by the State Policy Network. In the state policy sphere, participants get close to the inner workings of government, with opportunities to meet decision makers and help influence legislation.

Start the summer in Washington, DC, learning tools of political and economic analysis at the opening seminar. Then dive into state politics by interning at one of more than 50 think tanks. Weekly online presentations from policy professionals provide an opportunity to gain added insight on current issues.

As part of the internship, participants may conduct research for publications, articles and editorials, or use traditional of new media to influence state policy.

- Cascade Policy Institute
- Mackinac Center
- Pacific Research Institute
- Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs
- Texas Public Policy Foundation

- Liberty & Current Issues
- Policy Networking & Mentoring
- Investigative Journalism Internships
- Summer Seminars
- Advanced Topics in Liberty
- Humane Studies Fellowships

Make a difference for liberty on a daily basis and join a network of people and organizations devoted to advancing a freer society!

The Public Policy Internship Program sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies provides policy experience and training for individuals passionate about individual liverty and free markets.

Participants intern at one of more than 100 think tanks and non-profit organizations in Washington, DC, and across the United States, working on issues ranging from privatization to energy policy to free speech. Internship responsibilities can include scrutinizing legislation for wasteful projects and onerous regulations, researching market-based approaches, placing articles in media outlets, leveraging blogs and social networking and mobilizing supporters.

- Eight-week summer internship at a think tank or nonprofit organization
- $1,500 stipend plus housing assistance
- Two seminars in Washington, DC, on policy analysis and career training
- Weekly lectures on economic principles and policy
- Networking with participants, alumni and policy experts

Eligible applicants include undergraduate students entering their junior or senior year, graduate students, law students and recent graduates of all majors, including history and philosophy. Ideal candidates have a demonstrated interest in public policy issues and market-based approaches to social and economic problems.

- SUMMER: January 31, 2012

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