ARI’s Junior Fellows program
Are you passionate about Ayn Rand’s ideas and want to be at the
forefront of the battle for free markets? Wondering if you can turn that
passion into a career—and where to get started?
Each year we bring 2–4 outstanding recent graduates to our Irvine,
California, office and immerse them in the world of research, writing,
speaking, media presentation—while providing them with focused training
workshops and seminars on applying Ayn Rand’s ideas and learning how to
write and speak with greatest impact.
Participants in the Junior Fellows program join our staff for up to one year
to gain real-world experience and vital skills, working at our headquarters in
Irvine alongside colleagues in ARI’s Policy Research group.
What is ARI looking for in an ideal candidate?
You have a basic understanding of Ayn Rand’s ideas and agree with
ARI’s mission. You’re passionate about ideas, speaking up for what
you believe in, connecting with people—and making a difference. You are
serious about exploring the possibility of pursuing the career of an
You have an existing interest in debates in one or more areas of public
policy (e.g., economic policy, education policy, health care policy, law,
environmental issues, foreign policy) and would like to grow your knowledge,
sharpen your skills.
You have the fervent desire to learn from every experience, maximize every
opportunity, and challenge yourself intellectually.
What kind of work will I do?
In keeping with the program’s purpose, Junior Fellows will have
projects that give them experience in key skills and enable them to grow
intellectually. Members of the Junior Fellows program are paired with ARI
senior intellectuals and support large-scale policy projects through research,
writing, and project coordination. They also carry out writing and editing in
support of ARI projects under the guidance of experienced editors, and assist
in the development of audio-video programming for ARI.
Moreover, the educational component of the program includes a demanding
sequence of workshops and written and oral assignments, along with individual
research-writing projects in a designated area of policy.
What kind of educational requirements are there?
Strong preference is given to applicants who have completed ARI’s Objectivist Academic Center
program. All applicants should have, at minimum, an undergraduate degree
(philosophy and political science, e.g., may be particularly helpful), and
better yet, an advanced degree.
We recognize that people with all kinds of backgrounds—from science
and business to the humanities and journalism—gravitate to policy work,
and ARI will consider all qualified applicants.
After the up to 12-month fellowship term, am I assured a job on ARI’s staff of writers, analysts, and fellows?
No. We seek the brightest and best to join our team; excelling in the Junior
Fellows program will bring you that much closer to landing a job on ARI’s
staff. We are also interested in encouraging talented individuals to join other
organizations or take on meaningful work best aligned with their research
interests and goals.
How does this program differ from the ARI Summer Internship?
There are a number of differences. Whereas ARI’s Summer Internship
program runs for three weeks, the Junior Fellows program runs for up to one
year and aims to provide an immersive experience of, and considerable training
in, the kind of work entailed in being a professional intellectual focusing on
policy issues. Moreover, interns are undergraduates new to Ayn Rand’s
ideas. The Junior Fellows program is intended for people who have a basic
understanding of Ayn Rand’s ideas, have at minimum completed a
bachelor’s degree, and are considering a career as a professional
intellectual applying Objectivist ideas.
When does the Program start?
The 2013–2014 Junior Fellows program begins in late summer/fall of 2013.
Is this a paid position?
Yes. ARI offers a competitive salary and benefits.
How many openings are there in the program?
For the 2013–14 year, there are two openings.
How do I apply?
To be considered for the 2013–14 cycle of the program, please submit
your application by May 31. To apply, please include the following items in
up to three samples of your best written work (preferably, published material)
a cover letter, making your case
a summary of your reading and study. In that summary, please:
List the books by Ayn Rand that you have read.
List the books by other Objectivist writers that you have read.
List any Objectivist courses or lectures that you have taken, and when.
List the 5–7 nonfiction books by non-Objectivists that you have read and enjoyed within the last 12 months.
List the sources that you rely on to stay abreast of current affairs (up to 5 periodicals / blogs, etc.).
Address your application packet to:Human Resources Department,
The Ayn Rand Institute,
2121 Alton Parkway, Suite 250,
Irvine, CA 92606
or by fax to (949) 222-6558 or by email to email@example.com.
Email submissions strongly preferred. No phone calls, please.
When will I hear about my application?
We expect to notify successful applicants by July 15, 2013.