Ayn Rand Institute Internship Programme, USA

Publish Date: Mar 11, 2016

Deadline: Mar 31, 2016

Event Dates: from Jun 06, 2016 12:00 to Aug 12, 2016 12:00

Ayn Rand Institute Internship Programme

Are you interested in Objectivism and intrigued by the work of the Ayn Rand Institute? Apply today to be a seasonal intern at ARI’s offices in Southern California or in the Washington, DC, area. You’ll gain real-world professional experience working on a range of projects supporting the Institute, and engage in educational activities tailored to your knowledge of Rand’s ideas and your own research interests.

Fall, spring and summer internships (10 to 14 weeks) at ARI are offered through a partnership with the Koch Internship Program (KIP) of the Charles Koch Institute. KIP connects aspiring interns with organizations that promote free societies, and provides additional professional training and networking opportunities that supplement the internship experience at ARI.


1. The internship is open to college undergraduates and recent high school and college graduates.

2. The program is designed for students at all levels of familiarity with Ayn Rand’s ideas and from from any academic discipline.

3. Applicants must be able to attend for the full duration of the program.

4. Applicants who have been accepted into the Koch Internship Program are strongly preferred, though it is not necessary to wait to hear from KIP to apply to ARI. If one’s KIP application is pending, ARI may accept an applicant on the condition that the applicant is accepted into KIP. In exceptional cases, ARI may accept an intern who is not also in the Koch Internship Program.

5. Students 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 a letter signed by a parent or legal guardian granting consent to their application. The letter may be mailed, emailed or submitted as a PDF through our document submission manager.

6. Foreign applicants are welcome. However, ARI is unable to sponsor visas for its internship program and is not able provide any 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 in the program.

7. ARI cannot and does not provide legal and/or tax advice regarding an applicant’s ability to accept and/or acceptance of any stipends or scholarships.

8. 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.

9. All those who submit a complete application by the final deadline will receive a free book as a thank-you from the Institute. You must meet the internship eligibility requirements to qualify for this offer.


Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so you are encouraged to apply as early as possible. There are two separate applications to complete, with a final deadline for each of March 31. The applications may be completed in any order:

  1. 1. The Koch Internship Program Application
          a. See details and apply at the KIP website
  2. 2. ARI Application
          a. Online Application Form
          b. Personal Statement
          c. Application Essay

We review every complete application in full and take all application components into account in our decision.

Best wishes on your application!


KIP Application

1. See the KIP website for details and to apply.

ARI Application

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

2. Use our document submission manager to submit your answers to the following essay prompts. Use page numbers and include your name in the header of each page.

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 Campus and 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)

Questions? Write to us at intern@aynrand.org. Due to volume, responses to inquiries received near the application deadlines may be delayed.

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