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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Are you interested in Objectivism and intrigued by the work of the Ayn Rand Institute? Apply to intern at ARI’s office in Southern California. You’ll work on a variety of projects supporting the Institute, learn more about Rand’s books and ideas, and experience what it’s like to work at a nonprofit that has a philosophical mission.

Internships at ARI are offered through placement programs that connect aspiring interns with organizations looking for interns. These programs typically provide a stipend and additional benefits that supplement the internship experience at ARI. Interns most commonly come to ARI through the Koch Internship Program (KIP), but we welcome interns from other placement programs as well.

 

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PROGRAM EXPERIENCE

“For three months I was given challenging and meaningful work that built upon my understanding of Objectivism, and afforded me the opportunity to gain valuable experience in a nonprofit organization.”

— George Tibbitts

An internship at ARI is an ideal opportunity to develop professional skills while studying Ayn Rand’s ideas.

ARI interns are given challenging assignments that take advantage of their abilities, and gain firsthand experience of the functions central to the operation of a modern nonprofit organization. These functions include policy research, event planning, marketing, donor relations, audio-visual content production, and data management and analysis. Interns pursuing intellectual careers may support ARI’s writers and speakers in the production of philosophical content. Those on other career paths may rotate through different departments.

Interns also conduct an independent study in Objectivism under the guidance of an expert, and participate in educational activities such as ARI Conferences.

The internship takes place at ARI’s office in beautiful Southern California. The timing and length of the internship are dependent upon the intern’s placement program and ARI’s needs. The Koch Internship Program, for example, runs for 14 weeks in fall and spring and for 10 weeks in summer.

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Most interns join ARI through external programs that place interns at other organizations. These programs provide interns with a stipend and additional career training and networking opportunities.

The Koch Internship Program (KIP) is one such program. It runs in the fall, spring and summer. Interns in KIP receive a stipend of $450 per week, and participate in a web-based learning experience with other KIP interns throughout the internship. KIP is aimed at young people interested in free market thinkers.

We welcome interns from other placement programs as well. For instance, interns have joined ARI from the Lion Rock Institute in Hong Kong and the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation in Perth, Australia. You maybe also able to apply for internship funding from your school.

The application process for these placement programs is always separate from ARI’s, and you must apply and be accepted to both programs. We recommend you apply to the intern placement program before, or at least concurrently with, applying to ARI’s internship.

You may apply to intern at ARI without participating in an intern placement program. However, ARI does not provide compensation for the internship, so you must have another means of financial support.

ALUMNI

  • The summer internship gave me the philosophical literacy to discuss Objectivism’s core ideas and implications with classmates and professors.
    ALDO MAYRO
    Rutgers University
  • I gained experience in a non-profit career while helping to promote Rand's ideas and networking with liberty-loving professionals from other organizations.
    CARINE MARTINEZ
    Charles Koch Foundation
  • The internship offered a brief glimpse into what it is like working at a non-profit, and ultimately led to employment with ARI.
    MORGAN SANDS
    Wake Forest University School of Law

APPLICATION DETAILS

  1. Applicants must be undergraduates, graduate students or recent college graduates, from any discipline.
  2. Applicants must be 18 years or older at the start of the program to participate. Those who are under the age of 18 at the time of applying but who will be over the age of 18 when the program begins must provide written permission from a parent or guardian to apply.
  3. ARI does not provide financial compensation for the internship. As such, applicants must apply to an intern placement program such as the Koch Internship Program which provides a stipend, or be willing and able to intern at ARI without financial assistance.
  4. Foreign applicants may apply. However, ARI is unable to sponsor visas for its internship program and is not able provide advice about which visa — if any — an applicant may need to participate in the program. It is the applicant’s sole responsibility to ensure that he/she has the proper visa — if any — to participate in the program. Note: previous interns have obtained visas through exchange programs like Cultural Vistas.
  5. Completion of the internship does not guarantee or imply future employment with ARI. Interns are not employees of ARI and therefore are not eligible for benefits or rights granted to bona fide employees of ARI, including hourly wages.

 

Questions? Write to us at intern@aynrand.org.

ARI internship applications are welcome anytime and are reviewed on a rolling basis. You should apply well in advance of your preferred start date.

If you are applying to an internship placement program, you will need to pay attention to that program’s deadlines. ARI may delay reviewing your application until the results of your application to the placement program are known.

If you are accepted, the timing and length of the internship will depend on the schedule of the intern placement program and ARI’s needs.

Questions? Write to us at intern@aynrand.org.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

1. If you are applying to the Koch Internship Program or another intern placement program, we recommend you complete that application before applying to intern at ARI.

2. Fill out the online application form. You must submit your answers via the online form.

3. Upload your responses to the following essay prompts:

a. Personal Statement:
Why would you like to intern at the Ayn Rand Institute? Include a discussion of your interest in Objectivism and how the internship would advance your career goals. (400-word maximum)

b. Application Essay:
In her lecture “Philosophy: Who Needs It,” available as a free course in ARI Campusand as an essay in her book, Philosophy: Who Needs It, Ayn Rand argues that philosophy is an inescapable need of man. Explain her view, contrasting it with the common cultural refrain “philosophy is impractical.” (400-word maximum)

We may request an interview as part of the application process.

Questions? Write to us at intern@aynrand.org.

Key Dates

  • JAN—MAR

    Recommended application period for summer internship
  • MAY—JUL

    Recommended application period for fall internship
  • SEP—NOV

    Recommended application period for spring internship

FAQ

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR AN ARI INTERNSHIP?

Seasonal internships at ARI are open to college undergraduates and recent high school and college graduates. Applicants must be 18 years or older at the time the program begins, and must also apply to the Koch Internship Program or one of the Koch Fellow Programs. See the eligibility and restrictions section of the Program Details box for more information.

HOW MANY INTERNS PARTICIPATE?

The number of interns working at ARI in a given time varies according to the number of high-quality applicants and the work projects available in a given season. There are usually six interns in the summer, and two or three interns in the fall and spring.

WHERE DO THE INTERNS LIVE DURING THE PROGRAM?

The internship does not include housing or transportation. We are happy to provide guidance about the area and answer questions, but ARI interns are responsible for making their own arrangements. We put interns in touch with one another as soon as an internship cohort is finalized, should they desire to seek housing together.

HOW DO THE INTERNS GET AROUND DURING THE PROGRAM?

The internship does not include housing or transportation. Having a car (or carpooling with an intern who does) is recommended, but it is possible to get by without one. Interns without cars have commuted by bus and found housing within walking or biking distance of the office. On weekends, the Metrolink rail is a reliable option for traversing the Southern California coastline. Interns have also rented cars for weekend trips.

IS THE PROGRAM OPEN TO INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS?

Yes. Foreign applicants are welcome and international students have interned with us. However, ARI is unable to sponsor visas for its internship program and is not able provide advice about which—if any—visa an applicant may need to participate in the program. It is the applicant’s sole responsibility to ensure that he/she has the proper visa—if any—to participate.

HOW COMPETITIVE IS THE PROGRAM?

The program is competitive and we may be unable to accept all qualified applicants.

I HAVEN’T READ MUCH BY AYN RAND. IS THIS PROGRAM FOR ME?

Yes. The educational component is tailored to your knowledge level, and we are happy to develop a personalized curriculum for you to explore Rand’s works at an introductory level. That said, applicants have typically read at least one book by Ayn Rand, and should be familiar enough with her ideas and with ARI to explain their interest in interning with us.

I’VE READ A LOT BY AYN RAND. IS THIS PROGRAM FOR ME?

Yes. The educational component is tailored to your knowledge level, and we are happy to develop a personalized curriculum for you to deepen your understanding of Objectivism. Depending on how advanced you are and your career interest, you may also wish to consider ARI’s Objectivist Academic Center or the Junior Fellows Program. Current OAC students are eligible to intern with us and are encouraged to do so.