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

Lib​er​tar​i​an​ism​.org is dedicated to being the premier website for people interested in the concepts and traditions of libertarianism. Our team captures and promotes the independent, nonpartisan research of scholars and analysts on a wide range of policy issues. We believe that social and economic freedom is not just the best policy for a free people, it is the indispensable framework for the future.

Most people want freedom for themselves. Valuing the liberty of others is less common, especially of those who may be unlike us or behave in ways we disfavor. Libertarianism, and the broader liberal tradition, seeks freedom for everyone. Our goal at Lib​er​tar​i​an​ism​.org is to help people cultivate their love for the freedom of others. Editorial interns working with Lib​er​tar​i​an​ism​.org assist scholars with research and editing while learning about the history and philosophy of liberalism.


Duties vary based on the intern’s skills and interests.

  • Proofread and provide feedback on manuscripts
  • Select excerpts from classic libertarian texts for publication
  • Identify topics/​areas of study important to the libertarian intellectual tradition that our website does not yet adequately cover
  • Digitizing old books for republication


  • Strong language skills, including experience reading academic literature
  • Interest in the libertarian intellectual tradition and willingness to learn more
  • Background in philosophy, intellectual history, or a related field
  • Familiarity with The Chicago Manual of Style preferred
  • The best candidates for this role will be curious, deliberate, and fastidious thinkers

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, please email Cortez Bartolome, Programs Coordinator, at