Sagamore Institute is committed to developing the next generation of young leaders with a creative vision to pursue the common good and advance human flourishing. We look for students with a passion for championing free enterprise, fostering individual opportunity, and expanding democracy. Sagamore’s internship program offers invaluable experience in rigorous public policy research complemented by robust professional development.


  • Although we offer special programming for our summer cohort, Sagamore hosts interns throughout the year.
  • Interns partner with a Senior Fellow or staff member whose professional focus coincides with the applicant’s area of interest.
  • Interns access professional development opportunities and partners covering current public policy issues.
  • Interns tap into Sagamore’s network of scholars, staff, and community leaders.


  • Applications for our summer program are due by midnight on Friday, April 1. All other applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
  • Applicants are ordinarily at least a rising sophomore; recent college graduates, master’s students, and law students are encouraged to apply as well.
  • Applicants must be able to work at least one semester. Preference may be given to applicants who are interested in longer-term internships.
  • International students authorized to work in the United States are also eligible.

Policy Center Research Intern

Description: Sagamore is looking for interns to support the research activities within our Policy Centers. These interns will conduct research within a Sagamore Policy Center area to produce articles, summaries, and features for distribution on the Sagamore website and additional publications. Areas of research may include criminal justice, community development, education, defense, international development, and state-based reform.

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Impact Investing Intern

Description: Commonwealth is seeking a motivated individual to assist with the operations of its impact investing practice. We believe impact investing harnesses the best of private enterprise and philanthropy to address the greatest social issues of our time. Our national practice generates deal flow for impact investing through venture competitions, an online marketplace, and consulting.

You will have the opportunity to work directly with our program manager on a variety of strategic initiatives related to the growth of our practice including business development of our deal pipeline, diligence on our deal pipeline, expansion of our online marketplace, and developing thought leadership materials, in addition to any venture competitions or consulting engagements occurring concurrently with your internship.Requirements: Competitive applicants will possess strong research skills and excellent writing and proofreading abilities. Strong grades help, but intellectual curiosity and strong initiative are more important. A commitment to justice and a passion for serving those seeking a second chance is essential.

Requirements: The most important requirement for this position is the desire to learn and try new things. Strong candidates will additionally demonstrate the ability to organize and communicate information via written and spoken word, resourceful research skills, a basic understanding of business concepts or willingness to learn, a concern for social problems in our state and country, and an interest in impact investing or a related field.


Africa Rising Intern

Description: This intern position will focus primarily on helping to write, research and edit articles and research papers for Marketplace Liberia and other journals, and host events as needs be. Research and writing will be on international development in Africa, particularly sub-Saharan Africa in such areas as agriculture policy, education policy, governance, urbanism, leadership development and ethics.

Requirements: Prospective intern must be a good writer and researcher with an aptitude for ideas and a familiarity with Word, PowerPoint, and Google Docs.


J-1 Visa Program Communications Intern

Description: Are you a communications student who enjoys clearly communicating with people around the world? The J-1 Exchange Program at the Sagamore Institute is seeking a communications intern with excellent writing skills and interest in intercultural communication. We’re a collaborative, creative group with a deep passion for supporting international education initiatives. We’re looking for someone who shares our commitment to producing excellent work on behalf of the Sagamore. The goal of this internship is to produce two important documents: an overall communications plan (to include timing and content for future newsletters and social media) and an Annual Report which can become part of your portfolio for future employment. To create the communications plan, an interest and knowledge of effective networking through Facebook, Linked In, and Instagram presence that helps us communicate with our key audiences of US and International teachers and schools is necessary. To produce the Annual Report, an interest in creative data communication, metric fulfillment, and international exchange is needed. 

Requirements: Strong interest in clear writing and communication, ability to interpret data and analytical skills, writing, editing and proofreading skills. Interest in studying and analyzing teacher data and deriving suitable or meaningful information and insights from it, in addition to strong analytical skills and the ability to interpret data and present it in an easy-to-understand manner. Basic layout and design skills. Spanish language experience is also beneficial.

To apply for an internship with Sagamore Institute, please complete our online application, including your resume, a cover letter, and two short writing samples (around 500 words each).

Intern Spotlights

Learn about the program from Chaya Cassell, Summer 2019

Sagamore is proud to have nearly 200 intern alumni who are now change agents advancing heartland solutions around the world.