ARI interns are placed within different departments according to their skills and work experience and are given challenging assignments that take advantage of their abilities. Interns may work on multiple projects during their time at ARI or focus deeply on one substantive project. But every intern is exposed to a range of functions central to the operation of a modern nonprofit organization, including policy research, event planning, marketing, donor relations, online video and course production, data analysis and others.
This professional experience is coupled with an individualized course of study tailored to the intern’s interests and experience with Objectivism and guided by ARI’s expert instructors. For example, an intern could choose to explore:
Objectivism as a system of philosophy, at an introductory or more advanced level
The characters, themes and literary aspects of Rand’s fiction
Rand’s views on liberty, including such topics as individual rights, government, free-market capitalism, law and the regulatory state
How Objectivism applies to crucial contemporary issues such as freedom of speech, environmentalism, religion, the welfare state or foreign policy.
Interns may also participate in other educational activities occurring during their internship. For instance, summer interns attend the weeklong Objectivist summer conference, while fall and spring interns may participate in any of numerous events taking place during the academic year, including public talks and student conferences.
KOCH EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS PARTNERSHIP
Through partnership with the Koch Internship Program and Koch Fellow Programs, ARI interns benefit from additional career training and networking with other interns and nonprofit organizations. ARI interns connect weekly with the Charles Koch Institute and other interns for a web-based learning experience. Those in a Koch Fellow Program also participate in opening and closing seminars in Washington, DC.
The application process of the Koch programs is separate from ARI’s, and you must apply and be accepted to both programs. For those whom ARI is unable to accept, admission into the KIP/KFP program can lead to an internship at another organization.