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Media Relations Intern

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

Cato’s communications team works with the media to inform the public of Cato’s vision to create free, open, and civil societies founded on libertarian principles. As part of the communications team, you will help handle media requests, learn to write press pitches and releases and assist members of the communications department. Working closely with media coordinators Emily Adamec and Nicole Hinojosa, you will help Cato make an impact in the media.


  • Attend daily media department meetings
  • Prepare daily summaries of Cato citations and media appearances
  • Track newsworthy topics for Cato scholars to comment on


  • Excellent writing skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Dedicated interest in media, public relations, and public policy

Since 1977, the Cato Institute has been one of the most effective voices in Washington, DC, advocating individual liberty. From media appearances in major outlets, conferences, and book publishing to top-quality research and engagement on Capitol Hill and with key agencies, Cato has successfully injected the libertarian perspective into mainstream policy debates in Washington, DC, and across the country.

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