Edwin Meese III Center for Legal & Judicial Studies
The Meese Center promotes appropriate legal and judicial reform and educates government officials, the media, and the public about the U.S. Constitution, statutes, and legal principles. Interns are paired up with one of our legal scholars and produce short- and long-term research and writing projects. Areas of research include civil justice and regulatory reform, overcriminalization, equal protection, voting and election law, religious liberty, antitrust, role of the courts, and judicial issues. Additional responsibilities include attending meetings and congressional hearings, assisting with various lectures and conferences, and general office work as requested.
Center for Health Policy Studies
The Center for Health Policy Studies focuses on policy reforms to the tax treatment of health care. The main objective is to advance efforts to transform the health care system so that individuals own and control their insurance policies and the flow of dollars in the health care system. The Health Policy intern compiles reliable research on various aspects on health policy and reform. The intern attends, takes notes, and summarizes congressional hearings, conferences, and other events on these topics.
Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity
Budget, Spending, and Retirement Security
Entitlement programs—Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare—are the main drivers of federal spending and debt. Because entitlement spending runs on auto-pilot with automatic increases locked in by each program's governing laws, they present a major threat to limited government. Core federal government priorities, such as defense or national security, must compete for an increasingly smaller share of remaining budget resources. The national debt continues rising, fueled by over-spending in Washington, raising both economic and moral concerns. Heritage research in these areas seeks to show Americans the full picture of the federal budget to build pressure for spending control in Washington. Entitlement reform is a key priority to protect Americans against poverty without burdening younger generations with higher taxes and slow growth, and to enable Americans to control more of their health care and retirement decisions and dollars. The intern will experience researching for longer papers as well as fast-paced research for quick turnarounds for a blog or short paper. He or she will have the opportunity to attend conferences and hearings, and engage in data analysis and research on a wide variety of budget topics.
Taxes, Capital Markets, and Entrepreneurship
Burdensome regulations hinder economic growth, and the Federal Reserve’s expansive policies enable expansive deficit spending, thus further jeopardizing future economic prosperity. There must be fundamental tax reform to foster prosperity and fairness, improving the legal and regulatory environment for entrepreneurs seeking to raise capital to launch and grow their businesses. The intern will assist with research into the nature of and impediments to entrepreneurship and economic growth, including, but not limited to, the Federal Reserve’s regulatory and monetary policies.
Center for Data Analysis
The Center for Data Analysis (CDA) undertakes data-driven research of economic policy issues using macro- and micro- economic models, statistical software, and other tools to empirically analyze government policies. As the numbers department, CDA is central to domestic policy research at The Heritage Foundation covering a wide range of issues, including the state of the economy, healthcare, regulation, and energy/environment. CDA interns help construct and analyze data, prepare research reports, and write blogs highlighting CDA findings. This is a good department for interns with strong economics or math backgrounds, especially ones seeking to continue their studies in professional degrees that require quantitative research experience.
Chief Economist Office
This position involves substantive research working directly with the Chief Economist (Stephen Moore) and his research associate on a wide range of topics. The range of topics includes tax reform, federal budgetary issues, energy policy, free market health care alternatives, and monetary policy. The office uses economic data to apply free market economic concepts to individual policy items. The intern will have the opportunity to research for blog posts, magazine pieces, newspapers, op-eds, and book manuscripts. Assignment time frames will range from quick turn-arounds when responding to the current news cycle to providing extensive background information for long term policy agenda items. Interns in the Chief Economist’s Office enjoy opportunities to attend briefings, lectures, and panels consisting of leading thinkers, writers, academics, and policy makers.
Energy & Environment
Heritage's energy team focuses on opening access to America's energy resources, reducing onerous and duplicative regulations where the costs overwhelmingly outweigh the benefits and removing subsidies for all energy sources to move our energy economy to a more market oriented one. We advance those goals through papers, opinion editorials and blogs, meetings with Members of Congress and staff on Capitol Hill, outreach and coordination with like-minded organizations, public events and working groups, speeches and media appearances. The intern will experience researching for longer papers as well as fast-paced research for quick turnarounds for a blog or short paper. He or she will have the opportunity to attend conferences and hearings, as well as write on a wide variety of energy topics.
Monetary Policy and Financial Regulation
The Federal Reserve’s expansive policies enable the federal government’s deficit spending, thus further jeopardizing future economic prosperity. The conventional wisdom, even among most economists, is that the Federal Reserve is necessary for the economy to function properly. Heritage Research aims to question this proposition and study the effectiveness of monetary policy. The intern will assist with research including, but not limited to, analyzing data regarding the Federal Reserve’s regulatory and monetary policies. This is a good position for interns with a strong analytical and statistics background, especially those who also have a background in finance and/or economics and who wish to continue their studies in a graduate program.
Regulation and Free Markets
Entrepreneurialism has been seen historically in America as a fundamental expression of the human spirit. Yet the onslaught of unnecessary government regulations has hampered risk-taking by private enterprise and limited opportunities for Americans. Heritage's research in this area touches on the a broad range of regulations, from telecommunications, the environment, food and consumer goods, transportation, and the Internet, among others. It seeks to eliminate onerous, unnecessary regulations and stem the tide of new regulations. The intern will experience researching for longer papers as well as fast-paced research for quick turnarounds for a blog or short paper. He or she will have the opportunity to attend conferences, congressional hearings, and internal lectures and meetings on a wide range of regulatory topics.
Center for Trade & Economics
The Center for Trade and Economics provides state-of-the-art research on the role that free markets and democracy play in fostering economic growth in countries around the world. CTE’s mission is to promote global economic freedom by making it the key principle of U.S. international economic policy. CTE produces the annual Index of Economic Freedom, co-published with The Wall Street Journal, and works to inform members of Congress, the media, and the public about the relationship between free trade, economic freedom, and prosperity. The CTE intern provides extensive research support to gather and analyze the data that will be used in the production of the Index and examine the political information for the countries.
Institute for Family Culture and Opportunity
Center for Principles and Politics
The B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics sponsors various seminars, conferences, and lectures with the objective of teaching up-and-coming policymakers about the intellectual underpinnings of American government, with a focus on the principles of the American Founding and the U.S. Constitution, the fundamentals of economic liberty, and the basics of conservative thought and public policy. The purpose of these activities is to promote the ideas and policies involved in returning the United States to a condition of principled constitutional government. The Center for Principles and Politics intern performs internet-based research and historical research at the Library of Congress. Additional responsibilities include proofing and editing papers and book projects.
The Domestic Policy Studies department studies federal and state education issues, focusing on two critical areas of education policy: reducing the federal role in education and empowering families with school choice. Domestic Policy, Education interns compile reliable research on a education. The intern attends, takes notes, and summarizes congressional hearings, conferences, and other events on these specific topics.
The DeVos Center for Religion & Civil Society oversees research in areas that determine the character of our culture: marriage, family, religion, and civil society. The department also manages familyfacts.org, an online catalog of social science research relating to family and religious practice. Marriage, Family and Welfare Policy interns compile reliable research on a particular issue, such as family, welfare and poverty, religion and civil society. The intern attends, takes notes, and summarizes congressional hearings, conferences, and other events on these specific topics.
Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy
Asian Studies Center
The Asia-Pacific region is one of the most vital focus areas for U.S. political, economic, and security policy. The Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation conducts research, publishes papers, and hosts public programs on a broad range of Asia-oriented issues. The Asian Studies intern compiles reliable research; attends and take notes at congressional hearings, conferences, and other events; writes short information papers and summaries; and provides general administrative support to the work of the Center.
Foreign & Defense Policy Studies - Africa
The Foreign Policy and Defense studies at The Heritage Foundation conducts research and publishes papers which concern U.S. Foreign Policy on Africa. The Africa Policy intern compiles research on foreign policy issues particularly in the field of U.S.-Africa relations, security cooperation, terrorism, as well as foreign aid and development. The intern attends, takes notes, and summarizes congressional hearings, conferences, and other events on these topics.
Foreign & Defense Policy Studies - Comprehensive
The Foreign Policy department conducts research and publishes papers on a wide variety of international political, economic, security, and defense issues. Because its primary audience is the U.S. Congress, it convenes working groups; organizes lectures, debates, and luncheons; and conducts briefings on timely foreign policy, homeland security, and defense issues for members of Congress and their staffs. The Comprehensive Foreign Policy intern compiles reliable research on a variety of United States Foreign Policy issues. In addition, the intern attends, takes notes, and summarizes congressional hearings, conferences, and other events on these topics.
Foreign & Defense Policy Studies - Defense Budget
Americans must be capable of proactively protecting the nation and its citizens. Our armed forces must be ready to act anywhere in the world where vital national interests are threatened. This can be achieved by giving the military the resources it needs to keep us safe and maintain freedom. The Defense department at The Heritage Foundation conducts research and publishes papers which concern these topics. The Defense Budget Foreign Policy intern compiles reliable research on a variety of defense issues, primarily on issues involving defense budget, national security strategy, defense modernization programs, and Congressional budget legislation. The intern attends, takes notes, and summarizes congressional hearings, conferences, and other events on these topics.
Foreign & Defense Policy Studies – Homeland Security
The terrorist attacks of September 11 struck at the very heart of the American homeland, after which the United States entered a new form of total war in the age of terrorism. America’s security has become a top priority of government at every level. Heritage’s research has become a vital resource for finding solutions that will help make government action most effective. The Homeland Security Foreign Policy intern compiles reliable research on a variety of homeland defense and security issues. The intern attends, takes notes, and summarizes congressional hearings, conferences, and other events on these topics. Responsibilities also include monitoring the Department of Homeland Security and Congress’ response to the changing threats facing America.
Foreign & Defense Policy Studies - Latin America
America's policies in Latin America are of tremendous importance to the strength of the economy and security of our borders. Heritage policy research explores avenues of expanding political and trade relationships with our neighbors to the south. The Latin American Studies department at the Heritage Foundation conducts research and publishes papers which concern these topics. The Latin American Foreign Policy intern compiles reliable research on a variety of Latin American political, economic, and security issues. The intern attends, takes notes, and summarizes congressional hearings, conferences, and other events on these topics. Responsibilities also include daily tracking of key developments in the Latin American region.
Foreign & Defense Policy Studies - Middle East
The Middle East has become perhaps the most crucial regional arena for American foreign policy in the coming years, involving the future of Iraq, the war against terrorism, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and international energy security. The Foreign Policy and Defense studies at The Heritage Foundation conducts research and publishes papers which concern these topics. The Middle Eastern Foreign Policy intern compiles reliable research on a variety of Middle Eastern political, economic, security issues, and monitoring and analyzing the progress of the War on Terrorism. The intern attends, takes notes, and summarizes congressional hearings, conferences, and other events on these topics.
Foreign & Defense Policy Studies – Strategic Studies
Americans must be capable of proactively protecting the nation and its citizens. Our armed forces must be ready to act anywhere in the world where vital national interests are threatened. This can be achieved by giving the military the resources it needs to keep us safe and maintain freedom. The Defense department at The Heritage Foundation conducts research and publishes papers which concern these topics. The Missile Defense Policy Intern compiles research U.S. National Security and Defense issues particularly in the field of Comprehensive Missile Defense, nuclear disarmaments, nuclear modernization, arms control treaties as well as homeland security and counterterrorism and budgeting. The intern attends, takes notes, and summarizes congressional hearings, conferences, and other events on these topics. Responsibilities also include monitoring defense modernization.
Foreign & Defense Policy Studies - National Security and Defense
America must be capable of proactively protecting the nation and its citizens. Our armed forces must be ready to act anywhere in the world where vital national interests are threatened. This can be achieved by providing the military with the resources it needs to keep Americans safe and maintain freedom. The defense and security studies position at The Heritage Foundation conducts research and publishes papers which concern these topics. The Defense Foreign Policy intern compiles reliable research on a variety of defense issues, primarily on issues involving military readiness, defense budget, and elements of homeland security. The intern attends, takes notes, and summarizes congressional hearings, conferences, and other events on these topics. Responsibilities also include monitoring defense modernization.
Foreign & Defense Policy Studies - Public Diplomacy, International Broadcasting
Public diplomacy is the craft of explaining America, its defense of liberty, and its policies to the world. After 9/11, the U.S. Department of State came under intense scrutiny for widely perceived failures in this mission. In an age when our values, principles, and policies are under attack around the world, our leaders need practical recommendations for how to reform our public diplomacy strategy, doctrine, and structure in order to engage effectively in the war of ideas. The Public Diplomacy issues intern conducts research assessing U.S. public diplomacy efforts, including public diplomacy reform, new media, international broadcasting, democracy promotion, and social networking. The intern attends, takes notes, and summarizes congressional hearings, conferences, and other events on these topics.
Foreign & Defense Policy Studies - Russia and Eurasia
Economic opportunities and the expanding War on Terrorism demand that America move past Cold-war mentalities and embrace greater cooperation with Russia. Heritage experts are exploring ways that the relationship with America's long-time adversary can be beneficial to both nations. The Russian policy department at The Heritage Foundation conducts research and publishes papers which concern these topics. The Defense Foreign Policy intern compiles reliable research on a variety of Eastern European, Russian, and Eurasian political, economic, and security issues. The intern attends, takes notes, and summarizes congressional hearings, conferences, and other events on these topics.
Foreign and Defense Policy Studies
The Foreign and Defense Policy Studies Department conducts research and publishes papers on a wide variety of international political, economic, security, and defense issues. It convenes working groups; organizes lectures, debates, and luncheons; and conducts briefings on timely foreign policy, homeland security, and defense issues for members of Congress and their staffs. The Foreign Policy intern conducts reliable research on a variety of Foreign Policy issues and current events. In addition, the intern attends, takes notes, and summarizes congressional hearings, conferences, and other events on these topics.
Broadcast Services works to gain coverage of Heritage experts and research on TV and radio. Within the Communications department, Broadcast Services also runs state-of-the-art TV and radio studios. On a daily basis, the department pitches Heritage research and experts to producers and bookers, and manages analyst interviews and commentary. Aiming to align Heritage’s work with current news cycles, Broadcast Services arranges many thousands of broadcast hits per year. The Broadcast Services intern assists with bookings, media relations, software management, pitch writing, research and administrative tasks as required. As part of the Strategic Communications team, the intern will collaborate in cross-departmental projects pertaining to messaging priorities.
Creative is The Heritage Foundation's in-house graphic design shop, handling the design, layout and production of all of the foundation's print materials (excluding direct mail). Creative works closely with many (if not all) departments around the building to produce engaging and impactful designs that promote the work of our policy teams and communications, marketing, and outreach efforts. The Creative intern will work closely with other members of the graphic design team to design print products and layout templated print materials. The intern will be involved in the entire design process from conceptualization of a design idea through print production. Please submit a PDF of 5 - 7 samples of your best work along with your resume or provide a link to your online portfolio.
The Daily Signal - News Reporting Internship
The Daily Signal is the multimedia news organization of The Heritage Foundation. Reporting interns will be part of the news team and be responsible for gathering news, reporting and writing articles. Strong writing skills are required, and prior journalism experience is preferred. The reporting intern should be prepared to write one or two stories per day, select photos to accompany his or her stories and submit those stories in a timely manner. Interns are expected to cover events in Washington, D.C., including congressional hearings and rallies or protests. Interns will also have opportunities to create photo or multimedia essays on current events. Assignments are pitched by interns and assigned by editors. Knowledge of AP Style and WordPress is a plus.
The Daily Signal - Video Production Internship
The Daily Signal is the multimedia news organization of The Heritage Foundation. The video production intern will work with the team to produce insightful and interesting content for The Daily Signal. This involved technical ability to film and edit as well as a vision to create content relevant and appealing to a diverse audience. Interns will be responsible to help organize, care for, and use video equipment, will participate in filming interviews and video projects at Heritage and around Washington, D.C., and will help to edit videos. This is a hands-on job and requires the ability to stay organized and work under pressure. It is a great learning experience with lots of practical experience.
Editorial Services, part of the Communications department, works with print media outlets – online, newspapers and other publications – to place and promote Heritage research, op-eds and other writing. Daily, the department develops relationships with reporters and journalists, writes, edits and pitches policy pieces for media placement. The Editorial Services intern will help pitch Heritage products, write news releases, blogs, talking points and other pieces, assist with media requests, manage contact lists, assist with clip and hit management and conduct research as necessary. As part of the Strategic Communications team, the intern will collaborate in cross-departmental projects pertaining to messaging priorities.
Analysts at The Heritage Foundation study a wide variety of policy issues, many of which involve large amounts of data. To help make this information easier to understand and effectively support policy points, we present data in visual formats such as charts, maps, tables, and diagrams. The data graphics intern would support these goals by producing, coordinating, and administering visual projects.
The Strategic Communications department connects Heritage experts and research with the rest of the world via our marketing and the media. Divisions include Marketing, Broadcast Services, Digital Media and Editorial Services. Our functions range from developing and marketing Heritage products and market research, to building relationships with reporters, producers, bloggers and other newsmakers. The Strategic Communications department also edits and produces content for print, TV, radio, and online outlets, as well as producing content and managing The Daily Signal and Heritage’s social media presence. Working across all Heritage policy topics and priorities, Strategic Communications amplifies the right conservative messages.
The Heritage Foundation – Heritage.org Internship
The Heritage.org intern will work with the Heritage.org managing editor to help create, organize and post content that lives on Heritage.org. The intern should be prepared to write and edit headlines, copyedit content and work within Heritage.org’s content management system. The Heritage.org intern will also be involved in the creation of creative content related to Heritage Foundation policy such as graphics, video, interactives and more. A familiarity with digital content creation and content management systems is preferred.
Strategic Marketing acts as the coordinating point for the development and implementation of Heritage marketing strategies, plans and activities. It is also the source of market research and competitive intelligence that Heritage uses in developing and promoting its products. Strategic Marketing is part of the overall Strategic Communications team.
The Technology Solutions department deals directly with Atlas, Heritage’s Constituent Relationship Management database that manages and analyzes the interactions with current and future constituents. As an intern, one would aid the team in managing the security of employee and vendor accounts in the database, assign and resolve tickets submitted by employees regarding questions and processes within the database, and assist with trainings of different functions of the database. Other tasks include but are not limited to creating/reviewing user documentation for various procedures to ensure uniform data entry, importing weekly email appends for online membership, and working closely with the CRM manager on additional projects. Database experience is preferred but not required. Individual should be detail-oriented, ability to multi-task, interested in problem-solving and communicate effectively.
The Development Office raises funds to support both The Heritage Foundation and Heritage Action for America. We do this by building and maintaining relationships with more than half a million active members. To these members, we communicate how Heritage’s policy solutions are impacting critical policy debates in Washington and across the country. We engage our members through such means as innovative online fundraising campaigns, grant writing, direct marketing communication and various forms of donor recognition. At the same time, our nationwide team of fundraisers meets one-on-one with donors to build strong relationships. Your responsibilities as a Development intern will include working directly with Heritage supporters via phone, email, and letters; writing blogs; taking donors, supporters, and guests on tours of the Heritage headquarters; preparing supplemental material to grant proposals and donor stewardship reports; and assisting with income tracking and special projects.
An internship in the President’s Office is unlike any in the building, as the intern works directly with the President and sees the operations of Heritage from the top level. It is a generalist position as the President’s office does not specialize in any one specific policy area. The President’s Office intern provides direct operational and administrative support to the President and his staff. Key responsibilities include drafting and editing correspondence; compiling daily press clippings; and researching, drafting, and editing of the President’s speeches and briefings.
The Founder’s Office intern provides direct operational and administrative support to the Founder and his personal staff for the purpose of increasing the effectiveness of the Foundation. This internship is unlike others in the building as the intern works directly with the Founder and sees the operations of Heritage from a unique perspective. It is a generalist position as our office does not specialize in any one specific policy area. This job is perfect for someone who wants to get a broad understanding of the political climate in Washington by learning about many different issues directly from a man who has spent over 40 years affecting politics in Washington. The work load fluctuates depending on the Founder’s schedule and needs.
Building the conservative movement is the main function of The Heritage Foundation’s Coalition Relations department, a communications link and information clearinghouse for 430 policy organizations and more than 2,700 policy experts around the world. Primary activities include publishing The Insider magazine and the Policy Experts guide, hosting regular policy working groups and strategy forums, organizing conferences and meetings with conservative leaders and policy experts including the annual Resource Bank meeting, and handling referrals concerning conservative groups and experts. The Coalition Relations intern will assist in coordinating these meetings, taking notes, updating departmental databases, and blogging.
Impact Teams and Policy Services
Policy Services is Congress’ link to the policy recommendations, in-depth analyses, and conservative ideas expressed in Heritage’s articles, publications, lectures and other products. Policy Services staff is available to help members of Congress prepare for congressional hearings by identifying Heritage experts who will provide valuable insight on foreign, domestic and economic policy issues. Heritage regularly hosts Hill briefings, events and fellowships on the legislation of the day and latest Heritage research, serving as a go-to resource for Congressional staffers. The department intern tracks legislation and conducts research, maintains contact databases and assists with the coordination of Hill briefings and events. Previous experience on the Hill or in research is not necessary for this position. An interest to learn from a fast-paced and innovative environment is desired for interested applicants.
Vice President of External Relations
The External Relations department handles Heritage’s strategic outreach and communications to business and conservative leaders, to other policy organizations, federal officials, and international parliamentarians. The External Relations intern provides research and administrative support by completing research projects, drafting speeches, and attending and taking notes at various meetings.
Young Leaders Program
The Young Leaders Program promotes the mission of The Heritage Foundation to the next generation by developing and implementing outreach to younger audiences. YLP goes to campuses across the country to promote Heritage and our conservative principles. We equip young leaders with our research and products. Through our Virtual Think Tank video web-chats, Facebook page, e-newsletter, and online outreach, we connect with young people across the country. Interns in the Young Leaders Program help to execute these various programs and outreach efforts.
The Accounting department reports quantitative information summarizing the financial activities of the Foundation to assist management in making economic decisions. Their primary function is to communicate timely and relevant financial information and analyses to our target audiences, senior management and other users, in order to assess performance and improve decision-making. The department also ensures the accurate completion of all required state and federal filings and requirements that will obtain an unqualified audit opinion. The Accounting intern assists with cash receipts, accounts payable, and employee reimbursements. Responsibilities also include preparing for the yearly audit and taxes.
The Heritage Foundation’s Events Team includes the Special Events and Conference Services departments. The Special Events side handles all external events throughout the country to include our annual productions, like the Annual Leadership Conference, Resource Bank Meeting, and President’s Club Meeting; as well as regional donor breakfasts, luncheons, and receptions. The Events intern provides administrative and operational support to the Special Events department. Conference Services is responsible for over 100 weekly meetings and events that take place within the Heritage buildings. The Events intern will assist Conference Services regularly coordinating catering orders, room reservations, and handling other administrative tasks. Previous event experience is preferred, but not necessary. The ideal Events intern will have the ability to make decisive decisions, prioritize responsibilities, and take initiative with assigned projects.
The Workplace Solutions Department manages the facilities and general building operations for The Heritage Foundation. The Workplace Solutions Department advances Heritage’s mission by delivering a first-rate workplace and exceptional customer experiences. This team strives to maintain a welcome and safe work environment; and is crucial in the management of Heritage’s property and long-term development. The Workplace Solutions Intern assists with office space coordination, works directly with external vendors to source supplies and equipment, and researches information for financial and project reporting. The Workplace Solutions Intern is a trusted member of the department and is expected to display an excellent customer service mentality and a whatever-it-takes attitude at all times.
The Heritage Foundation spun off a new grassroots advocacy organization, Heritage Action. We differ from Heritage in that we can lobby, engage in grassroots activism, run paid advertisements, etc. Essentially, we're able to use all the tools and techniques available to a modern political campaign to push (or block) policy initiatives in Congress. For the past 37 years, Heritage had to hope that intellectual arguments, not special interests, would win the day. We provide a counter balance to the special interests in Washington. Interns at Heritage Action work with the CEO, COO, government relations, communication, and political departments. Interns compile daily news briefings that are read by all staff, work on various research projects, and handle our donor database. Furthermore, interns occasionally attend Hill briefings and take notes for staff; assist the government relations team in delivering literature to members of Congress; answer the telephones and act as a liaison between Heritage Action and the Heritage Foundation.
Philip N. Truluck Center for Leadership and Development
Phillip N. Truluck Center for Leadership Development
The Philip N. Truluck Center for Leadership and Development administers leadership development and training operations to support Heritage’s mission and strategic plan. The center also provides guidance throughout the recruitment process on a partnership basis with hiring managers and provides training in recruitment and interviewing to all Heritage hiring managers. Leadership and Development interns help with recruitment efforts (particularly with the Job Bank) and assistant with training events.