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PLEASE NOTE: This opportunity is listed for reference only. The deadline to apply has passed.

This is an unpaid internship opportunity from outside the Rockefeller Center.

Position Type: Internship - unpaid

Location: Preferred location is Denver, CO, but candidates can work remotely

Sector: Think Tank

Start Date: Summer 2019

Our target start date is Monday, June 3rd, but this can also be flexible, on a case-by-case basis.

Wage or benefits: The program is unpaid, but we will provide support to all our interns in the search for external funding, for example from a university. Current students are also welcome to apply to receive college credit for the internship.

Time Commitment: Up to 40 hours per week for at least 8 weeks

Interns can work full- or part-time, depending on availability. However, we will take seriously the time commitments made at the outset.

Desired Class Year: Open to all class years including graduate students

Desired Major or Interest: Open to all majors

Application Deadline: Rolling basis until May 10, 2019 at 5:00 PM MT

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Brief Description of the organization:

The Public Interest Network runs organizations committed to our vision of a better world, a set of core values, and a strategic approach to getting things done. We work on issues that speak to the need for a new kind of politics. Our campaigns challenge decision-makers, as well as all of us, to stop tolerating problems that are increasingly absurd in an age of advancing technology and growing abundance.

Over the past 45 years, this coordinated strategic approach has helped us win hundreds of victories at the local, state, national and corporate levels. Because of the laws and other policies we’ve won, people are buying healthier and safer products, getting more of our energy from the sun and the wind, drinking cleaner water and breathing cleaner air ... the list just goes on.

But every day brings a new challenge or new opportunity. No matter how big the challenge, we know how to break down problems to a manageable size; set ambitious but achievable goals; work like crazy to win; and build the resources we need to win the next campaign. We believe that organizing, and the power of bringing people together to call for change in one voice, will always be at the heart of successful efforts to solve America’s problems.

The Public Interest Network (TPIN) oversees a group of environmental and consumer-interest organizations with offices in thirty states and members across the country. One of these organizations, the Center for Public Interest Research, recently established a Think Tank, which aims to elucidate and advocate a new paradigm of economic thinking. The “post-scarcity” paradigm will be based on the insight that, in the twenty-first century, we have the means to produce enough for everyone already—and endless attempts to produce more will only bring us closer to environmental destruction.

Brief Description of the Intern’s role or key qualifications:

The TPIN Think Tank is looking to hire a number of summer interns who are passionate about leveraging their intellectual abilities to help create meaningful change in the world. The ideal candidate will:

  • Be able to demonstrate strong writing and research skills
  • Be a highly-motivated and independent worker
  • Have an academic background in a relevant field, including, but not limited to, economics, environmental science, political science, sociology, history, philosophy, or the liberal arts

The Think Tank Interns will have a range of roles and responsibilities, including:

  • Conducting independent research on a range of relevant topics, by summarizing and analyzing existing literature, or collecting data from multiple online sources. Example topics include:
    • How is automation projected to impact different sectors of the economy?
    • What are the different mechanisms we could use to structure distribution in a future economy?
    • How have past paradigms of economic thinking been replaced?
  • Reading and writing reports on relevant books on the Think Tank booklist
  • Reading and commenting on pieces written by other interns or by full-time Think Tank staff
  • Taking part in discussions on elements of the post-scarcity argument and bringing new perspectives to our team
  • Supporting full-time Think Tank staff in their logistical and research tasks

Throughout the course of the program, interns will:

  • Receive regular constructive feedback on their work, aimed expressly at helping them to improve over the course of the summer and in the longer term
  • Benefit from one-on-one supervisor meetings and group trainings
  • Gain invaluable experience, which would boost any later application for a full-time position with the Think Tank

How to apply:

To apply for the position, send an email to with a Cover Letter, Resume, and Writing Sample attached. Use the subject line “Internship Application.” The Writing Sample can be of any length and on any topic, but should demonstrate your ability to conduct research, working with primary or secondary sources, and your ability to construct an effective argument.

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This is an unpaid internship from outside the Rockefeller Center. Such opportunities are posted in an effort to help students find a leave-term internship experience in public policy or a social sciences related area. Such postings do not constitute an endorsement by the Center of the political objectives of any one person or organization.

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