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 11th through May 21st
Summer — June 8th through August 21st
Fall — September 7th 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 Mackenzie Yandell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the application deadlines for each semester?
Spring — October 28
Summer — March 5
Fall — July 30
The Development intern will support the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s fundraising efforts and work closely with the development team to help research prospective donors, learn the grant writing process from start to finish, prepare for donor engagement events and meetings, and other administrative, communications, and donor management work, as needed. Development interns should be customer-service focused and have a strong ability to plan, organize, prioritize, and multi-task.