The CEI intern program seeks to help interested undergraduates, recent college graduates, and graduate students learn about the ideas of liberty and help to promote them by pairing them with a member of CEI’s policy, development, media, or administrative staff. 

Schedule of Terms
Summer: June-August
Applications Due: April 15

Fall: September-December
Applications Due: July 31

Spring: January-May
Applications Due: November 30

How to Apply for the Competitive Enterprise Institute Internship Program

Contact Person
Ryan Young (Intern Coordinator)

Organization Description
The Competitive Enterprise Institute is a pro-market, public policy group committed to advancing the principles of free enterprise, limited government, and individual liberty. CEI utilizes a five-point management approach to affecting public policy: analysis, education, coalition building, advocacy, and litigation. Its purpose is to advance free markets and limited government.

Policy interns are assigned to work with one or two policy analysts for the duration of their internship.  Interns have the opportunity to research important policy issues and are expected to have strong writing, research, and analytical skills. The cover letter should detail what the student wants to gain from an internship at CEI.

Experiences Offered
Public policy research in one of CEI's five policy Centers (click here to view Center descriptions). In addition to policy research, CEI offers internships in communications, video, development, operations, and Web and IT.

$30/day (does not apply to interns receiving academic credit)

Unfortunately, CEI is unable to provide interns with housing. However, interns have several options in addition to independently finding rental units. Washington Intern Student Housing provides year-round housing for interns, and Georgetown University, The George Washington University, and American University offer summer intern housing.

Terms Available
Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Submission Deadline
Fall: July 31
Spring: November 30
Summer: April 15

Application Materials
Resume, Cover Letter, and a Brief Writing Sample -- please submit all three as attachments to the email address listed above.

Koch Summer Fellow Program
Intern with CEI this summer by applying through the Koch Summer Fellow Program, sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies. Gain policy experience and further the cause of liberty in a 10-week session including: a paid eight-week internship with furnished housing provided, two public policy seminars, and professional career training. Find out more and apply by January 31 at