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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 and analysis assistance on issues relating to civil justice reform, overcriminalization (state and federal), and corporate governance.
  • Assist CLP director James Copland, staff, and scholars with communication and promotion of the Center’s research products.
  • Facilitate program logistics including conference planning and database development.
  • Contribute to the production of CLP reports by assisting with drafting, editing and citation.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong research skills required, with legal research skills (particularly, the ability to identify and find relevant cases, statutes and secondary source materials utilizing legal research tools such as Westlaw or Lexis Nexis) preferred
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently synthesize large amounts of information
  • Familiarity with the Bluebook method of legal citation a plus
  • Ability to simultaneously manage and appropriately prioritize multiple projects
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Knowledge of, and interest in some or all of CLP’s many research areas
  • Quantitative abilities—including spreadsheet analysis, statistics, and econometrics—not required but could lead to additional research opportunities
  • Law students preferred but strong undergraduates with an interest in law will be 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, economics, biology, chemistry, or health policy 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


Development (Fundraising):


  • Research and maintain knowledge of MI scholars’ work, past and present, in a range of policy areas
  • Assist the Development team in identifying and researching potential donors who would place value on MI’s work
  • Create profiles of prospective donors for use by the Development team
  • Support the Development team through various administrative and organizational tasks ranging from self-directed research and data entry to staff support at MI events in the city
  • Ability to research effectively and present findings in a concise, persuasive manner
  • Desire to learn about the management and operation of a public policy-oriented nonprofit organization
  • Specific knowledge of Microsoft Excel
  • Strong interpersonal and relational skills; some experience in donor relations, customer service, or hospitality is a plus (but not required)
  • General interest in public policy (as well as market economics, cultural and public affairs) is a plus but not required




  • 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


Issues 2016:

Presidential elections place national policy issues in the spotlight and trigger major debates about what path the country should take. The Manhattan Institute’s Issues 2016 series highlights the research that Institute scholars are doing on these issues and injects their voices into the national discussion. Issues 2016 papers will be released throughout the campaign cycle, providing a free-market perspective to campaigns, media, and the public.


  • Monitor campaign activities and media coverage to identify key themes and areas of policy debate
  • Provide research assistance on key national policy topics including health care, energy, taxes and budget, immigration, and education
  • Facilitate production process including fact-checking, proofreading, and formatting
  • Critical thinking about key national policy issues
  • Information tracking across wide range of sources; organizing information effectively
  • Basic quantitative research using government datasets and Microsoft Excel
  • Attention to detail in both managing processes and reviewing work product

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