Texas Public Policy Foundation provides young conservatives with the opportunity to work with the best free-market thinkers in the country. Our experts research a wide range of different policy areas, and those topics influence not just Texas but the entire country.
Staff members and invited guests share their time, knowledge, and experience with each intern class through a series of discussions that illustrate the range of ways that policy changes the world. All of our interns leave our Foundation with a solid understanding of our work, and with tangible skills they can use in the future.
The Foundation hires interns in a wide variety of areas – fundraising, communications, film, events, and law. We also consider specialty interns, such as accounting, or interns whose course schedules don’t fall into the traditional semester models (like winter blocks).
Before you apply, please familiarize yourself with our work by reading our most current research, commentary and policy analysis.
The Ideal Candidate
Our internship class is generally made up of current students, recent graduates, or students between semesters who are flexible, project-oriented self-starters. The most successful applicants can exemplify personal responsibility and the entrepreneurial spirit, and have good research, writing, and interpersonal skills.
Successful interns understand our principles of liberty, personal responsibility, and free enterprise, believe in an individual’s right to do business free from big government, and are excited to reshape public policy in Texas and around the world.
Is this a paid internship?
Our full-time interns are given a $1000 stipend over the course of the semester. Part-time internships are available during the fall and spring semesters, and are paid a $500 stipend.
Interested in an even more extensive learning opportunity? The Texas Public Policy Foundation partners with the Charles Koch Institute to place full- and part-time Koch Fellows and Koch Interns in our Internship program for the best combined programming the Liberty Movement has to offer. Visit the Charles Koch Institute website to learn more!
What are the start and end dates for each semester?
Spring — January 15th through May 17th
Summer — June 3rd through August 16th
Fall — September 5th through December 18th
How do I apply?
Applications for our program should include a cover letter, telling us your story and including the semester you’re interested in interning, as well as your résumé, and a work sample if available. Submit your application as a single PDF file via email to Gina Van Dyke, Human Resources and Administration Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the application deadlines for each semester?
Spring — October 28
Summer — March 5
Fall — July 30
Internship Types & Descriptions
Development interns will work with the Foundation’s development team to learn the techniques of fundraising in the competitive non-profit world. As a valued member of our team, the development intern will help plan and participate in development events and solicitations, write development materials, talk with donors, draft donor communications, process daily contributions, and conduct donor research.
Events interns should be excited to work as a production assistant, schedule coordinator, setup crew, speaker liaison, and/or travel planner for our recently re-designed events team. We’re looking for a candidate with an obsession for details, an ability to translate vision into action, and a personable approach to working with crowds. Audiences for our event are a diverse group including allied organizations, opposition representatives, donors, legislators, media, and the general public. Our events team works hard to present our research in a pleasant and welcoming environment.
Policy interns will be assigned to one of the Foundation’s policy centers and work directly with a center director or policy analyst. Interns will meet with policymakers, engage in regular policy discussions, conduct in-depth research, and receive extensive feedback on written products. Outstanding writing may be selected for publication as a blog post, op-ed, or policy brief.
Communications Communications interns will be part of daily conversations surrounding the Foundation’s podcast, video productions, traditional and digital media reach, and general TPPF communications activities. They will have the opportunity to learn first-hand how our marketing and digital campaigns work to expand our beliefs of liberty, personal responsibility, and free enterprise. Interns will work with our Digital Director to track analytics, update the website, monitor social media, and make recommendations for expanding our online community. They will also have the opportunity to network with media professionals, attend staff meetings, and participate in premier TPPF hosted events. The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s communications teams is responsible for releasing the esteemed Cannon newsletter on a daily basis, as well as managing press for our prominent clients and releasing new research and commentary from our nationally recognized centers and policy experts. Interning with the TPPF communications team is a way to learn, expand one’s knowledge of local policies and governance, and make lasting relationships.
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