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Health Policy Intern

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

Support health policy research on topics ranging from Food and Drug Administration reform to telehealth expansion to the tax treatment of health care. You will work closely with Michael F. Cannon, director of health policy studies, and Jeffrey A. Singer, senior fellow, on research projects and hopefully gain new perspectives on health care issues during your internship. Responsibilities include collecting research data, tracking state and federal legislation, and assisting with policy forums and conferences for the department. Finalists for this department will be asked to provide a supplementary writing sample.


  • Provide frequent fact‐​finding to support scholars’ op‐​eds, papers, and blog posts
  • Track pending state and federal legislation
  • Collect data for comparative studies of policies across states and countries
  • Organize events


  • Commitment to individual liberty
  • Interest in making health care better, more affordable, and more secure
  • Strong economics background
  • Proficiency in Word and 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

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