The Cato Institute Law Internship Program

Current law students and recent graduates as well as early career professionals are invited for an internship at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. Interns will receive a monthly stipend of $1,000 and training in history, philosophy and policy. The deadline is on 1 November 2020.

The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization whose publications and conferences since 1977 have presented market-liberal solutions for the full range of policy issues. Cato’s objective is to reawaken interest in America’s founding ideals: personal liberty, private property, free markets, free trade, limited government, and nonintervention in foreign affairs. The Institute is named for Cato’s Letters, libertarian essays that were widely read in the American colonies in the 18th century and that played a major role in laying the philosophical foundation for the American Revolution.

Cato’s paid internships are for undergraduates, recent graduates, graduate students, law students, and early-career professionals who have a strong commitment to individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace. Most Cato interns work primarily as researchers for the policy scholars. Individual department placements include defense and foreign policy, healthcare policy, constitutional studies, and numerous others. Other interns work in communications-oriented roles, including media relations, external affairs, and video production. All Cato interns attend the same intensive seminar series, which covers a broad range of history, philosophy, policy, and professional development topics. Interns receive a stipend of $1000 per month. Interns who are in law school or who hold a JD receive a stipend of $1400 per month. All internships take place at the Cato Institute in Washington DC. International interns are eligible for visa funding. Part time internships are permitted in exceptional cases and part time interns receive a pro-rated stipend.

The deadline is on 1 November 2020.


Main criteria

Applicants should fill out an online form which contains information about their academic background and professional experience.  After completing the application, international students should send a resume or CV to [email protected]. If you are selected, this resume/CV will be needed to begin the visa process. Domestic applicants should not send a resume/CV.

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