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Energy and Environmental Policy Intern

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

Support energy and environmental policy research on topics ranging from freeing up energy production to reforming legislative and regulatory approaches to environmental policy. During your internship, you will work closely with Travis Fisher, director of energy and environmental policy studies, and hopefully gain new perspectives on energy and environmental issues. Responsibilities include collecting research data, tracking state and federal legislation and regulation, and assisting with outreach. Finalists for this role will be asked to provide a supplementary writing sample on a topic related to energy or environmental policy.


  • Provide frequent fact-finding to support op-eds, papers, and blog posts
  • Track pending state and federal legislation and regulatory changes
  • Collect and analyze data for comparative studies of policies across states and countries
  • Organize outreach

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

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