Sutherland’s Internship Program
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I submit as my writing sample?
We want to see what you can contribute to the public policy conversation. Because of that, we prefer a writing sample on a public policy issue that you are particularly passionate about. Your writing sample does not need to be formal in nature but please attempt to be as concise and informative as possible. Sutherland produces several different types of publications: blogs, opinion pieces, press releases, policy briefs, etc.
Can I apply to multiple internship areas?
We try to keep our interns focused on one area of expertise (legislative affairs, communications, policy research, etc.) because choosing one area allows interns to dig deep and learn valuable lessons. However, assignments often flow beyond one focus, creating a holistic internship experience. If you are interested in multiple areas of focus, please specify these interests in your cover letter, ranking them by preference.
Are Sutherland Institute’s interns paid?
Yes! We pay all of our interns hourly. Part-time and full-time internships are available. Intern wages fluctuate according to experience and education levels.
How many intern positions are available?
Sutherland Institute hosts 2-4 interns per semester. These openings fluctuate in number depending on need and semester. Utah’s legislative session (January-March) is Sutherland’s “busy season” and we have a full team of interns during that time.
What will I be doing?
Sutherland’s interns are given meaningful work that equips them with tangible and marketable skills. Your work will depend on the area of focus you choose.
Public policy and research interns are given semester-long projects that require them to research and report findings to policy analysts. These projects can range in topic, so specify your policy interests in your cover letter. Interns are given multiple opportunities to contribute to Sutherland’s publications on topics they research.
Communications interns assist the communications team with social media, marketing, video compilations, and more. Due to Sutherland’s various channels of outreach, a communications internship offers something new each day. Communications interns are responsible for media tracking, creating shareable social media content, film assisting, writing, graphic design, and completing other projects as assigned.
Legislative internships are available during the spring term. Interns attend meetings on Capitol Hill, track legislation, lobby legislators, and create bill summaries. This area of focus is fast-paced, unconventional and demanding. Legislative internships are certainly the best way to become immersed in Utah politics, public policy, and civil discourse.