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Cato Books Intern

*To be considered for an internship, you must apply directly through our online application here.* 

Participate in discussions about forthcoming book projects at Cato and help to make them a reality. As a Cato Books intern, you will help prepare and review indexes and bibliographies, meet authors, and read soon-to-be-published Cato material. Working closely with managing editor Eleanor O’Connor, you will learn about both the content and the production sides of this part of Cato’s work. Finalists for this department will be asked to complete a brief copyediting test.


  • Edit manuscript bibliographies for correct punctuation, spelling, and formatting
  • Bring bibliographic issues to editors’ attention
  • Fact and reference checking as needed


  • Strong writing skills
  • Familiarity with online and university library reference systems
  • Social science or humanities research background (essential)
  • Fluency with the Chicago Manual of Style preferred

Since 1977, the Cato Institute has been one of the most effective voices in Washington, DC, advocating individual liberty. From media appearances in major outlets, conferences, and book publishing to top-quality research and engagement on Capitol Hill and with key agencies, Cato has successfully injected the libertarian perspective into mainstream policy debates in Washington, DC, and across the country.  

About the Cato Internship Program

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—principles that, taken together, constitute libertarianism, known alternately as “classical liberalism,” “market liberalism,” or, to many of our international friends, just “liberalism.” 

All Cato interns attend the same intensive seminar series, which covers a broad range of history, philosophy, policy, and professional development topics. Interns also aid with events and occasionally help Cato staff with other day-to-day needs. 

Interns receive competitive compensation. Part-time positions are adjusted accordingly and carry a minimum of 25 hrs./wk. Program participants must be available in person in Washington, D.C.  

For more information about the internship program and experience, we encourage you to explore our website.  

If you have any questions, feel free to email Cortez Bartolome, Programs Coordinator, at