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Readings and other elements of personal and professional development are incorporated into the program to encourage interns to develop skills and understanding of their work and free-market ideas. Interns are encouraged to participate in events and social gatherings hosted by the Independent Institute. All interns are encouraged to write original research or editorial pieces with a chance to be featured in Independent Institute publications.
We make every effort to match prospective interns based on their interests and future career goals.
|Term||Application Deadline*||Term Start||Term End|
|Winter/Spring||October 1||February 1||May 1|
|Summer||April 1||June 1||August 8|
|Fall||July 1||September 4||December 13|
Editorial & Acquisitions Internships ^Top
Interns in the Editorial and Acquisitions department assist in the review and assessment of scholarly manuscripts to be published as either policy reports or books. There will be an opportunity to learn how editors and publishers acquire and build a list of new publications and assess relationships between manuscripts and marketplaces. You will gain insight into the workings of the broader landscape of the scholarly book publishing industry. Applicants should have strong analytical skills with a background in journalism, writing, or editing.
- Assist in the assessment and evaluation of prospective authors and manuscripts
- Provide critical analysis and commentary for texts under consideration
- Work with authors to develop manuscripts before publication
- Learn and understand the role of scholarly publishing in a think tank setting
- Assist in completion of book translation projects
- Acquire professional editorial development skills
—Alexis Nester, Summer 2017
Development & Donor Relations Internships ^Top
Fundraising is crucial to the work of any public-policy institute. Development interns support our efforts to strengthen relationships with existing supporters and use innovative tools such as email and social media marketing to reach new ones. Applicants should be outgoing, show strong persuasive written and oral communication skills, and be able to work as part of a creative team committed to achieving results.
- Conduct research on prospective major donors and foundations and compile reports
- Use existing research knowledge to assist in customizing donor inquiries and proposals
- Explore and test fundraising approaches via social and new media
- Research best practices and recommend improvements for donor relations and development team
- Support daily development outreach efforts including donor meetings, mailings, calls
- Participate in donor or promotional meetings and events
—Nathaniel Bennett, Summer 2018
Digital Marketing Internships ^Top
Digital Marketing interns work on a variety of sales, promotion, publicity, and social media projects in support of our mission to have a transformational impact on the culture. Applicants must be outgoing, organized, and enthusiastic about working with members of the media. Preferred applicants will have journalism, communications, and/or social media experience.
- Promote Independent Institute publications, events, and websites
- Investigate best practices and communicate the latest trends for digital publication solutions
- Research and sustain databases of target audience members and media sources
- Collect and catalog media and author communications
- Field news media requests and assist in scheduling print and radio interviews
- Create and distribute press materials and book review copies
—Alexis Matt. Summer 2015
Center on Entrepreneurial Innovation Research Internships ^Top
COEI Research interns support Independent Institute Fellows in conducting research for commentaries, reports, monographs, and books on technological innovation and the policy around it. Potential interns should be detail-oriented and possess strong research and communications skills. Ideal candidates will have experience conducting independent scholarly research and be familiar with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
- Conduct in-depth online and print research in support of supervising Fellow
- Draft footnotes, bibliographies, and other substantive materials
- Provide editorial feedback on articles before online and print publication
- Contribute your perspective to research conducted and published by the Institute
—Carol Park, Fall 2015
Learning to Lead Internships are offered at the Oakland, CA office of the Independent Institute. They can either be paid or unpaid. Paid internships are typically arranged through an outside intern fellowship program. For information on an intern fellowship program that could support your internship at the Independent Institute—including generous stipend, training, and mentorship—check here.
Eligibility: Current undergraduate and graduate college students and recent graduates are eligible for the internship program, although exceptions may be made. Both domestic and international applications will be considered, however, overseas applicants must possess or obtain authorization to live and work in the United States.
To apply, please fill out the online application.
No phone calls please. We will invite qualified candidates to interview either in person or by phone.