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Program Overview:

The Sagamore Institute is a nonpartisan public policy think tank rooted in the Heartland of Indiana but with a national influence and a global reach. Sagamore's scholars are committed to addressing the nation's most pressing policy issues, leveraging their expertise to transform innovative ideas into effective action.

Sagamore is committed to developing the next generation of young leaders with a creative vision to pursue the common good and advance human flourishing. We look for students with a passion for championing free enterprise, fostering individual opportunity, and expanding democracy. Sagamore's internship program offers invaluable experience in rigorous public policy research complemented by robust professional development.

Program Highlights:

  • Partnership with a Sagamore Senior Fellow or office director whose professional focus coincides with the applicant’s area of interest
  • Weekly lecture series featuring guest speakers covering current public policy issues
  • Networking hours where interns are encouraged to interact with Sagamore staff and local community leaders
  • Monthly professional development workshops equipping interns with career advice and training
  • Professional mentors paired with each intern based on their research interests and career goals
  • Guided tours of local Indianapolis landmarks
  • Formal Farewell Dinner to commemorate the end of the interns’ semester

Program Requirements:

  • Sagamore Institute’s summer 2016 internship program will begin on June 6 and end on August 12.
  • All interns must commit to working a minimum of 30 hours per week.
  • Summer applicants must be at least a rising junior to qualify, but recent college graduates, master’s students, and law students are encouraged to apply as well.
  • International students authorized to work in the United States are also eligible for a Sagamore Institute internship.

Application Materials:

To apply for an internship with Sagamore Institute, please complete the online application form, including an up-to-date resume, cover letter outlining your interests and experience, and two short writing samples (around 500 words).

In addition, please mail* an official transcript from your university and two letters of academic or professional recommendation to the following address:

Sagamore Institute
Attn: Nicole Noyes
2902 N Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208

*Email recommendations may be sent to


Internship Openings

Position: Summer Intern, Urban Education

Description: Laurel Christensen is the Director of the Scholarships for Education Choice (SEC) program at Sagamore. SEC works closely with approximately 60 schools in Indiana to provide scholarships to K-12 students attending private schools. She is also active in other education research and activities at Sagamore, with a particular emphasis on projects in urban education.

This intern position will focus primarily on education initiatives that Sagamore Institute is currently involved in. Support will be needed in producing the SEC annual report, preparing for and executing a conference for urban school administrators and educators being held this summer in Chicago, IL, and other education related research and writing.

Requirements: Competitive applicants should possess a passion for education, strong writing and communication skills, and exceptional organizational skills. Graphic design skills preferred.


Position: Summer Intern, Africa Studies

Description: Donald Cassell is the Senior Fellow and Director of the Liberian Initiative at Sagamore. While an architect by training, he conducts extensive research and writing on African growth and development, including the annual newsletter-journal Marketplace Liberia. He also manages a number of projects in the US and Liberia, including a case study on the Liberian Philanthropy Secretariat, a database listing connections between the State of Indiana and Africa, and a recently-launched Leadership Workshop in Liberia.

This intern position will focus primarily on Sagamore’s current research in international development and nation building in Africa. Support will be needed in composing two publications (Workshop Notes, Marketplace Liberia) for distribution in Liberia and beyond.

Requirements: Competitive applicants should possess a strong interest in Africa policy and international development, exemplary research and writing skills, and familiarity with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.


Position: Summer Intern, Law and Policy

Description: Andrew Falk is the Senior Fellow managing criminal justice research and environmental policy studies at Sagamore. His extensive legal background practicing law at an Indianapolis firm, with the Attorney General of Indiana (criminal appeals), and Office of Chief Counsel, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, inform his current research and writing on criminal justice reform measures and environmental law and policy.

The educational objective of this internship is to provide students with experience and insight derived from working with a think tank, including legal and policy-driven articles and research applied at the state, national, and international levels. The internship will provide students with opportunities to develop key analytical and research skills, to gain an understanding of how a think tank works, and to explore areas of law and policy related to the work of the Sagamore Institute and, as time and opportunity permits, the students’ own interests. Successful applicants will work closely with Andrew in his research and writing.

Requirements: Competitive applicants will possess strong research skills and excellent writing and proofreading abilities.


Position: Summer Intern, Philadelphia Society

Description: Lenore Ealy is a Sagamore Senior Fellow and Executive Director of The Philadelphia Society, an organization founded in 1964 to sponsor the interchange of ideas through discussion and writing, in the interest of deepening the intellectual foundations of a free and ordered society.

We are seeking an intern to work with our digital archive project, including doing editing of old archival audio files from past meetings, posting to website, promotion through social media, and to assist with work in membership communications.

Requirements: Competitive applicants will possess a strong interest in political thought and the history of the conservative movement, proficiency in audio editing, and the ability to assist with content management on WordPress-based website (training will be provided).


Position: Summer Intern, Communications and Development

Description: The Communications and Development department at Sagamore seeks to creatively advance the mission of the institution and the research of Sagamore Senior Fellows. Through social media,, publications, and events, we engage audiences in Sagamore’s work at the intersection of freedom, flourishing, free enterprise, and faith.

This intern position will assist the Communications and Development team in a variety of program management, research, and administrative projects. Responsibilities will include composing and updating website and social media content, assisting in planning and executing Sagamore events, editing Sagamore publications, conducting project-specific research, and managing and updating database information.

Requirements: Competitive applicants will possess exemplary written and verbal communication skills, meticulous attention to detail, experience with Microsoft Office and Excel, a team-oriented and entrepreneurial attitude, and a passion for public policy. Prior experience working in communications, government affairs, marketing, or public policy organizations preferred.


Position: Summer Intern, Community Development

Description: JoAnna Brown is a Sagamore Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor at Butler University Political Science Department. With her extensive studies and expertise in urban and community planning, she directs Sagamore’s research on issues of housing, social capital, and community development. In addition to her research and teaching roles, she is often found in rural, suburban, and urban communities evaluating the impact of public policies on local contexts.

This intern position will assist with community development and other specific policy research. Other responsibilities could include collecting data, conducting interviews and surveys, analyzing data and composing reports, accompanying in site visits and field observations, and assisting with policy presentations.

Requirements: Competitive applicants will possess an entrepreneurial work ethic, the ability to work individually or in a team environment, strong proficiency in Microsoft Office and Excel, and a passion for community development. Knowledge of GIS is preferred.


Position: Summer Intern, Global Education

Description: Jamie Goodwin is a Sagamore Senior Fellow and the Director of Global Indiana, an organization dedicated to inspiring and equipping globally-minded educators in Indiana. Global Indiana believes in building asset-based systems in diverse communities to maximize the potential of our state's young newcomers.  In addition to partnering with the Department of Education and the Longview Foundation to author the 2014 Report on Global Learning in Indiana Schools, Global Indiana is also working on a variety of entrepreneurial projects in Indiana's global education landscape.

This intern position will focus primarily on advancing the communication and support materials of these existing and prospective initiatives, divided into two types of summer-long projects.  The first project includes updating and expanding the Global Indiana website and providing additional limited support as needed to Elevate Indianapolis.  The second will develop an in-depth understanding of the State Department's J-1 Visiting Teacher program, which may include drafting briefings, presentations and protocol.  The internship will also include networking among global leaders in our state.

Requirements: Competitive applicants should possess a passion for under-resourced populations and education, strong writing and communication skills, and exceptional organizational skills. Multi-lingual, global studies, and law students preferred.


Apply Here

Please complete our digital application to apply. Deadline for applications is March 16.

If you have any questions, please email Nicole Noyes at

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