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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
Richard Morrison, 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. 

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
Interns participate in public policy research in one of CEI many issue areas. In addition to policy research, CEI offers internships in communications, video, development, operations, and Web and IT.

CEI offers both paid and unpaid internships. Upon being interviewed, exceptional applicants may be offered a stipend. Internships for which the student receives academic credit are always unpaid.

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.

Application Materials
Submit your resume, a cover letter, and a brief writing sample as a single PDF attachment to