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The Manhattan Institute’s internship program offers college or graduate students the opportunity to work in a diverse range of policy research, communications, and fundraising roles. Our interns work both independently and with the Institute’s staff, and often are involved in multiple complex projects simultaneously. MI entrusts its interns with a great deal of individual responsibilities, and as a result, many of our interns have had the opportunity to shape aspects of the Institute’s work, among many other accomplishments. Eagerness to learn, good organization skills, and strong interpersonal skills are essential traits in all MI interns.

Please submit all applications online using the online form below. We require one letter of a recommendation and a resume, which can also be submitted below. We will only consider complete applications. All applicants will be contacted regarding decisions. All questions should be directed to

Fall Internship (lasting from early September - mid/late December): July 31
Spring Internship (lasting from early January - mid/late May): November 15
Summer Internship (lasting from early June - mid/late August): March 15


Currently, we are seeking to fill the following internship positions:

Adam Smith Society:


  • Help to maintain and expand the Society's social media presence (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn)
  • Assist with the logistics of event planning and execution
  • Research on potential speakers and venues
  • Assist in the organization of membership tracking documents
  • Other duties to assist staff as necessary (i.e., coordinate mailings, prepare meeting packets, etc.)
  • Interest in the intersection between business and public policy.
  • Relentless attention given to creation of error-free work products.
  • Ability to work independently and on multiple projects at once.
  • Excellent writing and proofreading skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and social media platforms. Graphic design experience and experience working with membership organizations a plus.


Center for Legal Policy:


  • Provide research assistance on civil liability, overcriminalization (state and federal), and corporate governance.
  • Assist CLP director James Copland, staff, and scholars on communication of ideas, including blog posting and report drafting.
  • Facilitate program logistics including conference planning and database development.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong research skills required, with legal research skills (case and/or statutory, utilizing Westlaw or other legal research tools) preferred
  • Quantitative abilities—including spreadsheet analysis, statistics, and econometrics—not required but could lead to additional research opportunities
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, each time-sensitive and requiring a unique skill set, simultaneously
  • Knowledge and interest in some or all of CLP’s many research areas
  • Law students preferred but strong undergraduates with interest in law considered


Center for Medical Progress:


  • Interns will help take major research projects from the beginning to their completion, ranging from basic data entry to thorough policy analysis in memos and op-eds.
  • Miscellaneous administrative/logistical tasks
  • An interest in American health care policy, how it affects the economy, and what effects health care reform will have on the cost and access to care.
  • A background in statistics, biology, or chemistry is preferred


Center for State and Local Leadership:


  • Providing research assistance on fields including education, public sector finance, infrastructure, criminal justice, policing, housing, and welfare.
  • Assist CSLL staff in ensuring our research gets in the hands of mayors, governors, legislators, nonprofit leaders, academics, and other figures throughout the country.
  • Miscellaneous administrative/logistical tasks
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage many different projects, each time-sensitive and requiring a unique skill set, simultaneously
  • Knowledge and interest in some or all of CSLL’s many research areas
  • A passion for urban affairs and policy




  • Building issue-specific lists of relevant journalists/media research
  • Writing, posting, and managing the Institute’s social media accounts
  • Drafting press releases
  • Assisting with interview requests and events
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Interest in free-market/right-of-center issues




  • Researching current and past work of the Institute and maintaining knowledge of the Institute’s work in a myriad of policy areas
  • Assisting the development team in identifying and researching potential donors who would place particular value on the work of the Institute
  • Creating profiles of potential prospects for the use of the development team
  • Supporting the development team with various administrative and organizational tasks
  • Strong interpersonal and relational skills
  • Understanding and operating knowledge of Excel
  • The ability to research effectively and present findings in a concise, effective manner
  • A desire to learn and understand the management and operation of a policy-oriented think tank/non-profit




  • Working with the Institute’s events and communications staff to coordinate events ranging from small, private policy roundtables to major conferences
  • Staffing events
  • Miscellaneous administrative and logistical tasks
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Prior experience with event planning/coordination preferred


General Research:

  • Assisting Manhattan Institute scholars in their research on a wide range of issues, spanning the Institute’s entire policy portfolio
  • Memo drafting
  • Editing white papers and op-eds to verify citations and ensure accuracy
  • Interest in and knowledge of one (ideally several) of the Institute’s core issue areas
  • Experience with Stata and Excel
  • Demonstrated ability to work on several detail-oriented, time-sensitive research projects simultaneously

Click here to apply for a Manhattan Institute Internship



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