Heritage Foundation


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The Heritage Foundation works to promote conservative public policies based on the five key principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. Performing research on key policy issues and marketing these findings to audiences of Congress, staff members, and the surrounding communities, Heritage focuses on building an America where freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and civil society flourish.

Interns work full-time in the summer (37.5 hours/week). In addition to the practical skills interns acquire, interns participate in weekly educational and skill enhancing seminars.

Program highlights include:

  • A weekly series on First Principles, discussing the founding of our nation.
  • Weekly policy briefings with Heritage experts on foreign, domestic, and legal policy issues.
  • Workshops designed to develop skills in public speaking, researching, and writing.
  • Career exploration panels, discussing more about career paths before or after a think tank.
  • One-on-one, as well as men and women’s group mentorship.

Applicants must be at least rising juniors in college.

Those interested must identify the internship(s) they would like to pursue by visiting www.heritage.org/internships and notify the IOP prior to applying to be considered for the IOP Internship Program.

If selected as a finalist by the IOP, candidates must include two letters of recommendation from employers or college professors, an official university transcript, as well as complete the online application. International students must have a work authorization visa.