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Manhattan Institute Internship Program

Manhattan Institute's internship program offers college or graduate students the opportunity to work in a range of policy research, communications, and fundraising roles. Our interns work independently and with MI staff, and often are involved in multiple projects simultaneously. MI entrusts interns with a great deal of individual responsibilities, and as a result, many interns have helped to shape aspects of the Institute's work. Eagerness to learn, exemplary organization skills, and strong interpersonal skills are essential traits in MI interns.

Interested applicants should submit materials online using the form below. We require one letter of a recommendation and a resume. We will consider only complete applications, and form letters will be disregarded. Due to the high volume of applications, we are unable to interview every candidate. Please consider your application received once submitted, and we will be in touch if you are selected for an interview.


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

E. S. Savas Intern Fellowships at MI

The E. S. Savas Fellowship and its enhanced stipend will be awarded to three MI interns per year who demonstrate a clear passion for public policy and an interest in free-market principles.


“As an intern at Manhattan Institute, I appreciate the skills in research that MI has encouraged me to develop, as well as the personnel skills that are required in the workplace. I felt welcomed at MI and was able to assist on relevant and thought-provoking projects researching fiscal policies and reform, while working alongside scholars and experts in their fields” — Bailey Summerfield, E21 Intern


“Working at MI has given me insight into how policy discussions are formed. I had the opportunity to interact with policy experts in quite a few fields and discuss cutting edge policies. MI provides a pragmatic, yet bold, approach to public policy. I was able to improve my legal writing and to polish my research skills. MI helped me to sharpen my professional focus.” — Jude Joanis, Legal Policy Intern


“Working under innovative and gracious staff and scholars affords interns the opportunity to hone their writing, research, and interpersonal skills while developing an understanding of the workings of a storied and pioneering think tank and the ideas that drive public policy. An internship at the Manhattan Institute is a tremendous honor and an extraordinary learning experience.” — Madeleine Miller, Communications Intern


“While at MI, I had the opportunity to dive deep into contemporary policy issues that interested me and learn a whole lot more about topics I didn’t even know interested me. I also had the opportunity to interact with some of the world’s leading scholars on housing, transit, homelessness and a many other fields. I also had the chance to hear some incredible speakers at MI events.” — Ajay Iyer, State and Local Policy Intern


Internship Openings

We stopped taking application for the Summer 2020. Please click below for an overview of positions for the next semester:

General Research

Adam Smith Society


Civil Society


Development (Fundraising)


Health Policy

Legal Policy

State and Local Leadership





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