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Social Media Intern

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

We’re looking for a talented social media intern who can help bring Cato’s vision to the wider internet audience. Responsibilities and projects will vary but could include video and graphic creation, platform management, analytics, social media strategy, digital advertising, and more.


  • Help communicate Cato’s vision of free, open, and civil societies founded on libertarian principles to a growing social media audience of 1.7 million followers across Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and TikTok.
  • Attend regular meetings with teams around the building and help translate Cato research and commentary into social media content.


  • Must have strong writing and communication skills.
  • An ideal candidate is a self-motivated go-getter who can work independently and collaboratively.
  • Previous social media management, video, and graphic design experience is a plus.

At the Cato Institute, digital content and presentation are at the forefront of advancing our mission. With a steadfast commitment to championing peace, individual liberty, limited government, and free markets, Cato harnesses innovative technologies to effectively disseminate our ideals. Across a wealth of meticulously curated content, including Policy Analyses, Briefing Papers, podcasts, and video presentations, all our research is bolstered by state-of-the-art digital tools. Join us at Cato, where you'll be part of an organization that embraces technology's power to amplify our mission and bring classical liberal ideals to a global audience. 

About the Cato Institute

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.  

We encourage you to explore our website for more information about the internship program and experience.  

If you have any questions, feel free to email Cortez Bartolome, Programs Coordinator, at