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Center for Educational Freedom Intern

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

Cato’s Center for Educational Freedom (CEF) engages in the national debate to expand choice in K–12 education, reduce crippling government “help” in higher ed, and keep pre‑K focused on families, not government dictates. CEF interns will be in the midst of this, digging up data and research on education outcomes and inputs, talking with CEF scholars about the how and why of education policy, and better understanding the importance of freedom in an area in which it has been marginalized far too long.


  • Provide fact‐​finding and research for scholars’ op‐​eds, papers, and blog posts
  • Write background research on issues of interest to scholars
  • Attend and report on Hill briefings and other relevant panels and conferences


  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Dedicated interest in education policy
  • Proficiency in Excel

To achieve the promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, Cato’s scholars typically take a skeptical look at proposals to expand the size, scope, and power of government. Many different policies impact American political life and Cato scholars work to research the different dimensions of life that are affected. Research includes freedom at various levels of the education system, the ability of people to make their own health care decisions, opportunities to reduce poverty through greater economic opportunities, high-quality public opinion surveys to investigate evolving opinions and the advancement of free minds and free markets within technology sectors of the economy.  

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