We offer an array of educational programs to enable students at all levels of knowledge to learn about Ayn Rand’s philosophy and novels.

Program Overview

Do you want to be at the forefront of the intellectual battle for reason, individualism and laissez-faire capitalism?

Junior Fellows program is designed for individuals who are passionate about Ayn Rand’s philosophy, are seriously considering an intellectual career and want to gain real-world experience and training. The one-year program immerses participants in research, writing, speaking and media presentation, while providing them with focused training workshops and seminars on applying Ayn Rand’s ideas to cultural, political and legal issues.

Junior fellows gain vital skills working alongside ARI’s intellectual staff in this paid position. The program cycle begins in late summer/early fall.

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Program Experience

  • Amanda Maxham

    The program helped me to become a much better writer and communicator. Working closely with the staff here at ARI was instrumental in that success and seeing the feedback and response generated from my published pieces was exciting and rewarding. The program gave me an opportunity to make an impact on today’s discussion.

    Amanda Maxham

    University of Nevada, Las Vegas, PhD in Astrophysics, 2011
  • Carl Svanberg

    The JFP allowed me to experience what it means to professionally work as an intellectual and receive input from experts on Objectivism and effective, objective communication. The JFP pushed me to reach for, and achieve, new personal heights as a thinker and writer. The program has, in more ways than I can count, been a truly invaluable experience.

    Carl Svanberg

    Lund University, Sweden, BA in Practical Philosophy

Program Details

  • What is ARI looking for in an ideal candidate?

    You have a basic understanding of Ayn Rand’s ideas and support ARI's mission. You are passionate about ideas, speaking up for what you believe in, connecting with people and making a difference. You are serious about exploring the career of an intellectual.

    You should have, at minimum, an undergraduate degree or, better yet, an advanced degree.

    You have completed the Core Course in ARI’s Objectivist Academic Center program. This is not a requirement, but a strong preference.

    We recognize that people with all kinds of backgrounds—from science, business and economics to law, the humanities and journalism—pursue careers as intellectuals, and ARI considers all qualified applicants.

  • To apply for the 2016 – 2017 cycle of the program, submit your application by June 15, 2016. Please submit the following items:

    • Your resume
    • A cover letter making your case
    • A summary of your reading and study, including:
      • Books by Ayn Rand you have read
      • Books by other Objectivist writers you have read
      • Objectivist courses or lectures you have taken, and when
      • Five to seven nonfiction books by non-Objectivists that you have read and enjoyed within the last twelve months
      • Sources that you rely on to stay abreast of current affairs (up to five periodicals, blogs, etc.)
    • A list of any events, talks, conferences or clubs that you’ve attended and found valuable
    • One sample of your best written work in English (preferably published material)
    • Two brief blog posts:
      • (1) Write a critical analysis of this New York Times column (“A Catholic Classmate Rethinks His Religion,” March 24, 2012): specifically, you should identify its theme and argument; consider its merits and demerits; and explain how compelling you find it and why. Maximum 400 words.
      • (2) Find an article (op-ed or longer essay) on any topic in the Issues section of ARI's website that you think makes a strong case for its position. Consider the basic argument in that piece, and then write a critical response summarizing the best case an opponent could make in answer to the argument. Maximum 400 words.

    Send your application packet by email to:

    No phone calls, please.

    Questions? Write to us at

Key Dates

  • June 15, 2016

    Application Deadline; Applicants can expect to hear from us in early September.

  • October 2016 – Summer 2017

    Typical duration of the Junior Fellow position

Further Reading

Ayn Rand | 1962
Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal

Conservatism: An Obituary

The moral-philosophical conflict that prevents conservatives from defending capitalism and freedom.
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Ayn Rand | 1970
Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution

The Left: Old and New

The displacement of old-line Marxists by New Left activists who openly reject reason and technology in favor of mysticism and privation.
View Article


  • In broad terms, what does “policy” work look like at ARI?

    ARI’s Junior Fellows program teaches a unique approach to tackling today’s issues — we focus on the fundamental principles that drive debate over cultural public policy and legal issues.

  • Is this a paid position?

    Yes. This is a paid position. ARI offers a competitive salary and benefits.

  • After the twelve-month fellowship term, am I assured a job on ARI’s staff?

    While junior fellows are not assured of a position at ARI after the fellowship ends, 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 Seasonal Internship?

    Whereas ARI’s Seasonal Internship program runs 10 to 14 weeks, the Junior Fellows program runs for up to one year and aims to provide an immersive experience in the kind of work entailed in being an intellectual. Interns are students or recent graduates new to Ayn Rand’s ideas. The Junior Fellows program is intended for people who have a solid understanding of Ayn Rand’s ideas, have at least a bachelor’s degree and are considering a career as a professional intellectual applying Objectivist ideas.