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.


  • 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 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 Intern

Description: Are you a student web designer with a passion for front-end design? Do you want to work within a welcoming and apply your technical know-how to build a website that is elegantly presented, easily navigated, and outcome oriented? The J-1 Visa Program at the Sagamore Institute is seeking a Web Design Intern with coding skills, digital media production skills, and a strong desire to work as part of a team. We’re a collaborative, creative group with a deep passion for supporting the international education initiatives for Indiana and teachers. We’re looking for someone who shares our commitment to producing excellent work on behalf of the Sagamore. The Web Design Intern helps maintain and optimize our website, Facebook page, Linked In, and Instagram presence that helps us communicate with our key audiences of US and International teachers and schools. Helps organize, code, publish, and update our sites. Ensures all web properties adhere to security and accessibility guidelines. Collaborates and Assists with other projects such as creating and maintaining forms, processing videos and photographs, and helping support our online community.

Requirements: Understanding of web publishing, with knowledge of basic usability and user experience concepts. Working knowledge of content management systems (Weebly). Beginning-level front-end programming skills, such as with HTML5 or CSS3. Knowledge of social media platforms and how they interact with websites. Knowledge of Internet security, usability, and accessibility issues. A solid understanding of web graphics, and basic layout and design skills. Willingness to learn new platforms and languages.

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).

In addition, please email two letters of academic or professional recommendation to Letters may be sent by the applicant or their recommender.

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.