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Meet Our Former Interns

Katie Poedtke

"My internship at the Manhattan Institute exposed me to some of today's most influential public policy thinkers and executors both in the office and at MI's many conferences and special events. "

Sam Goldman

"By giving me the opportunity to work closely with the fellows and staff who generate, articulate, and circulate ideas about real issues, working at MI gave me the tools I would go on to use in graduate school, as well as in writing for a general audience"




Interested in Law?

The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research is currently looking for talented law students to fill internship roles in our Center for Legal Policy for the spring. Spring semester internships are part-time for a minimum of 20 hours a week adjustable to the student's academic schedule.

Expected Role. CLP interns will gain significant legal and policy research experience with opportunities to work closely with senior fellows and experts on the Center’s major projects. Most importantly, interns who significantly contribute to CLP publications are publicly credited in those writings in order to help students develop their professional portfolios. All Manhattan Institute interns across our multiple centers are invited to participate in seminars with our scholars and off-site events featuring preeminent experts, policymakers, and luminaries.

Expected Qualifications. Prospective candidates should be detail-oriented, focused, inquisitive individuals who thrive on conducting independent research, developing innovative methods for organizing and analyzing research in an optimal manner, and effectively communicating the significance of findings. The spring legal policy internship with CLP is especially suited for law school students but is also open to undergraduate students with an interest in pursuing a legal or policy career. Additionally, the spring internships are typically arranged as for-credit in cooperation with an intern’s law school or through various outside fellowship and internship programs.

How to Apply. Students wishing to apply should send a resume and cover letter to The cover letter should explain the student's education, work, and any other activities as they relate to an internship at the Manhattan Institute’s Center for Legal Policy.

The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research is currently looking for interns to fill roles in our research, development, and communications departments. We are also looking for an intern for our prestigious Adam Smith Society.

Students wishing to work in research should be detail oriented, focused, answer-seeking individuals who thrive on finding new information and organizing it in a helpful way. We are specifically looking for students interested in energy, higher education, or healthcare policy.

Students wishing to intern in development should be capable of doing prospect research and translating that into excel. They should have strong people skills and be interested in learning the relationship-building skills needed for a job in fundraising. This is a great internship for students who are interested in all of MI’s issue areas or who want to learn about non-profit or think-tank management.

Students wishing to intern in communications and marketing should be excited about the ideas and mission of the Manhattan Institute – and how to best promote them. Successful interns are usually creative, ambitious, and excellent at writing. Tasks might include anything from copy-editing and press promotion, to social media and graphic design.

The Adam Smith Society is looking for an intern with strong creative talent who can help with both graphic design and social media promotion.

Fall and spring semester internships are part-time for a minimum of 20 hours a week. Summer internships are full-time for 10-12 weeks adjustable to the student's academic schedule.

All questions should be emailed to


Students wishing to apply should send an application form, resume, cover letter and a letter of recommendation to The cover letter should explain the student's education, work, other activities and future goals as they relate to an internship at the Manhattan Institute. In other words—why you and why the Manhattan Institute?

Please indicate on your application if you have a particular interest or background in (1) Fundraising, (2) Communications (Press/Social Media), or (3) Policy Research. Because there are only a few intern positions, students will not be assigned to work exclusively in a specific area.



Summer internship applications are due March 23rd.


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