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The news is filled with doom and gloom, and many people think that the world is getting worse. But is that really true? In fact, empirical evidence suggests that the world is getting better in most dimensions. If you are interested in trendlines, rather than headlines, then Human Progress is for you.


  • Track down and work with data on human progress, ranging from expanded access to clean drinking water to advances in space exploration
  • Edit scholarly papers, journalistic articles, and blog posts
  • Create social media content and engaging graphics


  • Interest in international development and technological advancement
  • Proficiency in Excel and passion for data
  • Sharp editing skills and attention to detail
  • Creativity and proficiency in Photoshop a plus
  • Passionate about free markets and dedicated to economic and political liberty

Cato scholars seek to promote a better understanding around the world of the benefits of market-liberal policies and institutions, openness and engagement in the global economy, and a principled and restrained foreign policy. Those benefits include notable improvements in human well‐being as countries increase their levels of economic, civil, and personal freedoms. The United States should thus engage the world, trade freely, and work with other countries on common concerns, but avoid trying to dominate the globe militarily.

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