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Employment and Internship Opportunities at the Sunwater Institute

Employment Opportunities

If you are interested in applying for a position at the Sunwater Institute, please check our Lever page.

Internship Program

The Sunwater Institute’s internship program provides students a choice among five focus areas and is geared to those majoring in politics, history, economics, or closely related fields. Internships offer flexible hours ranging from 20-32 hours per week. This is an unpaid internship. The program is open to current and recent undergraduate students.

The fall internship program will run from September 5, 2023 – November 17, 2023.

Applications for the Fall Semester are due by August 18, 2023.

Congressional Reform

Interns will gain a deep understanding of the inner workings of Congress delving into the procedures and decision-making processes that shape our nation’s laws. Interns will also work on developing new tools and datasets that will help improve Congress’s institutional knowledge and performance. 

Group Decision-making

Interns will gain a fundamental understanding of group decision-making processes, investigate mechanisms of how individuals participate in and are affected by group decision-making processes, and explore both formal and informal group decision-making systems. Interns will conduct literature reviews, collect data, and write summaries.

Property, Markets, and Trade

Interns will engage in research to explore the evolution and enforcement of intellectual property rights, investigating their impact on innovation, market structure, international trade, and individual behavior. Interns will conduct literature reviews, collect data, write summaries, and participate in organizing events.

Rights and Liberties

Interns will engage in research to explore a range of topics, including the origins of different rights and liberties, the cultural and political factors that shape our understanding of these rights, and the potential limitations and policy recommendations for these rights. This work will help advance our understanding of rights and liberties’ role in shaping our society and democracy. 

Communications and Marketing

Interns will help the marketing team craft materials for promotion, newsletters, and social media campaigns. Creative tasks could include photography, audio/visual editing, and writing. Other activities may include utilizing Google Ads and Analytics to evaluate marketing strategies, updating WordPress sites, and conducting research.