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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 spring internship program will run from January 22, 2024, to April 26, 2024.

Applications for the Spring Semester are due by December 1, 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 craft materials for integrated marketing campaigns and newsletters. Creative tasks could include copywriting, graphic design, photography, and audio/visual editing. Other activities may include creating and monitoring Google Ads. Interns will analyze data from social media, websites, and emails to evaluate marketing strategies. Other duties may include updating WordPress sites and conducting market research.


Interns will assist in writing and research duties designed to secure philanthropic support for Sunwater Institute. Research and analysis duties include identifying public and private grant opportunities around Sunwater’s overall mission and core focus topics. Writing duties include the ability to write creative copy and design public-facing outreach materials to support fundraising efforts at various donor levels.