- Internship Program
Texas Public Policy Foundation Internship Program
The Texas Public Policy Foundation is in search of world-class intern candidates prepared to push the boundaries of non-profit policy and engagement. We are looking to you to support our focus on the production and dissemination of research, and to assist in our extensive engagement efforts. Before you apply, visit our award-winning website and then Google the Foundation. Read the best and the worst of our reviews, and if you:
- Are interested in learning the principles of the economic greats like Hayek and Locke;
- Believe in the individual right to do business free from big government;
- Can exemplify personal responsibility and the entrepreneurial spirit;
- Want to contribute to the incredible impact of our Foundation - then APPLY NOW.
Our Foundation provides the opportunity to work with some of the best free market thinkers in the country who are researching a wide range of different policy areas, and all the places those topics intersect, that impact 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 all the work we do: our outreach, policy positions, and our work to change Texas for the better.
The Foundation hires interns in a wide variety of areas – fundraising, communications, film, events, communications, 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).
Our internship class is generally current students, recent graduates, or students between semesters who are flexible, project-oriented self-starters and can work with a wide range of leadership types. Our interns take on projects unique to the Foundation based on their individual skills and experiences, in addition to the scope covered by their internship. The most successful applicants are open-minded and hardworking, with good research, writing, and interpersonal skills, and a demonstrated ability to apply mission-centered common sense to a daily routine – that isn’t. Successful interns at the Foundation understand our principles of Liberty, Personal Responsibility, and Free Enterprise, and are excited to see first-hand the unique constraints faced by a non-profit in our efforts to reshape public policy in Texas and around the world.
How to 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, Operations Coordinator
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!
Development interns will work with the Foundation’s Vice President of Development and our development team to learn the techniques of fundraising in the competitive non-profit world. As a valued member of our team, the Dev 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.
Our events intern 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, and 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. They will:
- attend staff meetings,
- meet policymakers,
- engage in regular policy discussions,
- conduct in-depth research, and
- receive extensive feedback on your written product.
Outstanding writing may be selected for publication as a blog post, op-ed, or policy brief.
Our film intern should be excited to work as a grip, gaff, assistant camera operator, digital imaging technician, production assistant, and/or production sound technician, sometimes all at once, for our brand-new in-house production shop. We’re looking for a candidate who’s a dab hand at storytelling through the medium of film. If your dream job is in production, and a chance at on-the-job experience is irresistible, this is probably a good fit. You’ll also help with the day-to-day communications intern tasks.
Communications interns will work with the Foundation’s director of communications in writing and editing press releases, commentaries, and other media products. They’ll work with our publications team to edit and release our publications, and with our digital campaigns and analytics manager to update the website, social media, and track the success of our efforts. They will also work with media professionals, attend staff meetings, and meet policymakers.
Law clerks will be assigned to the Foundation’s litigation center and work directly with its director and staff attorneys. They will attend staff meetings, meet policymakers and engage in developing and cutting-edge litigation advancing the Foundation’s principles. Our law clerks may also have the opportunity to contribute to active litigation matters, appellate briefs, and amicus papers individually or in collaboration with our team, based on their individual talents and the needs of the Foundation. You’ll also work closely with the Foundation’s litigation attorneys, polishing practical legal skills.