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Information about Internships for Economics Students

The following is a list of internship opportunities for undergraduate students that relate to the study of capitalism and economic public policy.  Students can apply directly for the internships by following the provided active links.  Additional financial support to help students with living expenses may be available through the WKU Department of Economics.

Mercatus Center

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is the world’s premier university source for market-oriented ideas—bridging the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems.

Their mission is to generate knowledge and understanding of the institutions that affect the freedom to prosper, and to find sustainable solutions that overcome the barriers preventing individuals from living free, prosperous, and peaceful lives.

The Washington Center

About TWC:  The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization serving hundreds of colleges and universities in the UnitedStates and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C. for academic credit. The largest program of its kind, The Washington Center has 70 full-time staff and over 40,000 alumni, many of whom are in leadership positions in the public, private and nonprofit sectors in the United States and around the world.  More broadly, The Washington Center maintains a vital role in service to society as a whole, developing the workforce of the future and encouraging all of its participants to be informed, public-spirited and civically engaged. For this reason, The Washington Center has support from a growing array of states, federal agencies, corporations, foundations, and private donors.

Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation

About Koch Foundation: The Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation was established in 1980 by Charles G. Koch. The mission of the Foundation is to advance social progress and well-being through the development, application, and dissemination of the Science of Liberty™. History has shown that societies with greater economic freedom have more prosperity and an enhanced quality of life. This observation that a free society is uniquely suited to creating, fostering, and sustaining peace and prosperity is fundamental to the Science of Liberty. The Foundation primarily supports research and education programs that analyze the impact of free societies, in particular how they advance the well-being of mankind. Building on this knowledge, the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation fosters the partnership of scientists and practitioners in order to integrate theory and practice. By doing so, the Foundation strives to develop market-based tools that enable individuals, institutions, and societies to survive and prosper. The Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation is a non-profit organization exempt from federal income tax as an Internal Revenue Code (509(a)) Section 501(c)(3) organization and is a private foundation within the meaning of Section 509(a) of the Code. As such, contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible. Grants from the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation are made only to charitable organizations as defined in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation does not make grants to individuals. For grant guidelines, please contact the Foundation at the contact information provided on this site. Interested grantees should carefully review the guidelines before submitting proposals or otherwise requesting support.

CATO Institute

About CATO: The Cato Institute was founded in 1977 by Edward H. Crane. It is a non-profit public policy research foundation headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Institute is named for Cato's Letters, a series of libertarian pamphlets that helped lay the philosophical foundation for the American Revolution.  The mission of the Cato Institute is to increase the understanding of public policies based on the principles of limited government, free markets, individual liberty, and peace. The Institute will use the most effective means to originate, advocate, promote, and disseminate applicable policy proposals that create free, open, and civil societies in the United States and throughout the world.

Heritage Foundation

About HF: The Heritage Foundation is the nation’s most broadly supported public policy research institute, with more than 580,000 individual, foundation and corporate donors. Heritage, founded in February 1973, has a staff of 244 and an expense budget of $61 million.  To formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.


 About FreedomWorks:  Founded in 1984, FreedomWorks is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has hundreds of thousands of grassroots volunteers nationwide. The organization is chaired by former U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Armey and the President is Matt Kibbe. FreedomWorks members know that government goes to those who show up, and are leading the fight for lower taxes, less government, and more freedom. FreedomWorks recruits, educates, trains and mobilizes hundreds of thousands of volunteer activists to fight for less government, lower taxes, and more freedom.  FreedomWorks believes individual liberty and the freedom to compete increases consumer choices and provides individuals with the greatest control over what they own and earn. FreedomWorks' aggressive, real-time campaigns activate a growing and permanent volunteer grassroots army to show up and demand policy change.

American Enterprise Institute

The American Enterprise Institute is a community of scholars and supporters committed to expanding liberty, increasing individual opportunity, and strengthening free enterprise. AEI pursues these unchanging ideals through independent thinking, open debate, reasoned argument, facts, and the highest standards of research and exposition. Without regard for politics or prevailing fashion, we dedicate our work to a more prosperous, safer, and more democratic nation and world.

 Brookings Institution Internships

Internships at the Brookings Institution are designed to provide participants with opportunities to grow professionally and personally. They are a chance to use classroom knowledge in a practical environment, while learning and working alongside others that are passionate about their work.

Unpaid internships are available in both research and non-research programs. To apply for an internship, please review the postings listed below and follow instructions included within.

Federal Reserve Board



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