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
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
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 email@example.com.