Placement

As we read each application, we do our best to match the research interests and career goals of our top applicants to the needs of the various departments at Cato.

While all interns share daily intern duties, help staff Cato events, and attend the same series of research seminars and career development workshops, each intern’s workload varies by department assignment. The following job descriptions should help applicants decide which Cato departments might be best for them.

Center for Constitutional Studies

Workload

  • conduct literature reviews
  • draft memos and legal briefs
  • bluebook articles for publication
  • attend and report on Hill briefings and other relevant panels and conferences

Qualifications

  • strong research and writing skills
  • dedicated interested in Constitutional law
  • legal research experience
  • JD candidates preferred
Center for Global Liberty & Prosperity

Workload

  • gather data for various industries and regions
  • frequent fact-finding missions to support scholars’ op-eds, studies, and blog posts
  • attend and report on Hill briefings and other relevant panels and conferences

Qualifications

  • strong economic background
  • dedicated interest in development policy
  • strong research and writing skills
  • proficiency in Excel spreadsheets and graph making
  • familiarity with World Bank Development Indicators Database
Center for Trade Policy Studies

Workload

  • prepare daily trade news briefing for scholars
  • gather and analyze market data for various industries and regions
  • update content for FreeTrade.org
  • attend and report on Hill briefings and other relevant panels and conferences

Qualifications

  • strong economic background
  • familiarity with trade organizations and policy
  • dedicated interest in trade and immigration issues
  • strong writing skills
Criminal Justice

Workload

  • conduct literature reviews
  • frequent fact-finding missions to support scholars’ op-eds, studies, and blog posts
  • attend and report on Hill briefings and other relevant panels and conferences

Qualifications

  • strong research and writing skills
  • dedicated interested in criminal justice
  • legal research experience
  • JD candidates preferred
elCato.org

Workload

  • conduct literature reviews
  • frequent fact-finding missions to support scholars’ op-eds, studies, and blog posts
  • attend and report on Hill briefings and other relevant panels and conferences

Qualifications

  • strong research and writing skills
  • dedicated interested in criminal justice
  • legal research experience
Fiscal, Budget & Tax Policy

Workload

  • frequent fact-finding missions to support scholars’ op-eds, studies, and blog posts
  • track pending state and federal legislation
  • data collection for comparative studies of policies across states and countries
  • write up background research on issues of interest to scholars

Qualifications

  • strong economic background
  • proficiency in Excel
  • interest in budget and tax policy
Foreign & Defense Policy

Workload

  • research projects range from tracking opium trade and chronicling insurgency movements, to cataloging unrecognized states and summarizing Al-Qaeda press releases
  • attend hill briefings and panels at other think tanks
  • compile foreign & defense policy news articles and op-eds

Qualifications

  • strong research and writing skills
  • dedicated interest in foreign & defense policy
  • graduate students (in any discipline) preferred
Government & External Affairs

Workload

  • edit daily Cato Today bulletin to coalition groups and Hill staff
  • write research briefs on timely state and national policy issues
  • staff Hill briefings, attend policy meetings with supervisors
  • manage electronic distribution of new Cato publications and create targeted promotional materials
  • make deliveries to congressional offices; track pending legislation of interest to Cato scholars

Qualifications

  • exceptional writing and interpersonal skills; strong attention to detail
  • dedicated interest in the political process
Health and Welfare

Workload

  • frequent fact-finding missions to support scholars’ op-eds, papers, and blog posts
  • track pending state and federal legislation
  • data collection for comparative studies of policies across states and countries

Qualifications

  • strong economic background
  • proficiency in Excel
  • interest in social security, welfare reform, and other entitlement programs
Marketing

Workload

  • assist in development and management of marketing initiatives that promote publications and events, while increasing organizational visibility and brand awareness
  • identify potential audiences and promotions for Cato products and services
  • create and managing email communications and contact lists of target audiences

Qualifications

  • exceptional communication skills
  • proficiency with computers and standard software
  • dedicated interest in marketing
Media

Workload

  • attend daily media department meetings
  • prepare daily summaries of Cato citations and media appearances
  • track newsworthy topics for Cato scholars to comment on
  • draft pitch notes and press releases

Qualifications

  • excellent writing skills
  • attention to detail
  • ability to meet deadlines
  • dedicated interest in media, public relations, and public policy
Web Content

Workload

  • monitor media and organization websites
  • identify interesting content relevant to students
  • compose article summaries and organization descriptions
  • work with editor to organize web content
  • attend student events
  • find creative and innovative ways to improve Cato's premier student website, Cato on Campus

Qualifications

  • proficiency with computers and standard software
  • excellent writing skills
  • ability to meet deadlines
  • attention to detail