Fall 2021 Cato Institute Internships

The Cato Institute is a public policy think tank that worse to creates a presence for and promotes libertarian ideas in policy debates. They seek to originate, disseminate, and advance solutions based on the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace.

Cato is offering paid internships for undergraduate students, recent graduates, graduate students, law students, and early career professionals who have a strong commitment to libertarian ideals. Interns typically work as researchers for policy scholars, but there are also positions available for communications roles such as media relations and external affairs. Interns will receive a monthly stipend of $1000. (Law students or those who hold a JD will receive an extra $400 monthly). All internships will take place at the Cato Institute in Washington, DC.

The deadline to apply for this opportunity is June 27, 2021.


  • Edit manuscript bibliographies for correct punctuation, spelling, and formatting
  • Bring bibliographic issues to editors’ attention
  • Consult with Jason Kuznicki on developing at least one Cato Unbound topic
  • Fact and reference checking as needed

While all interns share daily intern duties, help staff Cato events, and attend the same series of research seminars and career development workshops, each intern’s workload varies by department assignment. A list of all departments can be found here.


  • Strong writing skills
  • Familiarity with online and university library reference systems
  • Social science or humanities research background (essential)
  • Fluency with Chicago Manual of Style, if possible

For more information and to apply, click here.

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