Sutherland’s Internship Program

Sutherland Institute is intensely invested in the future of Utah, and our desire for freedom extends to future generations. As a part of this commitment, we see equipping future leaders with experience, connections and foundational principles as a crucial piece of our work. Sutherland’s emerging leaders are tutored and mentored by the best.

A Sutherland Institute internship can serve as a launching pad to your future career success. Our interns attend noteworthy events centered on relevant policy topics and the latest research. During these events, interns have the chance to meet distinguished presenters, policymakers, researchers and authors. These exclusive opportunities are a great way to build your professional networks.

The greatest thing about being a team member of a small and powerful non-profit like Sutherland Institute is the opportunity to learn from the best through one-on-one mentoring. Our president, directors, managers and policy analysts are accessible and willing to help whenever possible.

Applicants should be undergraduate seniors or graduate students looking for opportunities in public policy, research, communications or legislative affairs.

Applicants should apply by semester deadlines (listed below) by sending a résumé, cover letter, unofficial school transcript, writing sample and 3 references to kneslen@sutherlandinstitute.org. Please specify the type of internship (e.g., graphic design or public policy) you are applying for in your cover letter. If you are applying for a policy internship, please tell us which policy areas are most interesting to you.

Semester Dates & Deadlines

Spring 2018: January 8 – April 13 (Deadline to apply: November 24)

Summer 2017: May 15 – August 11 (Deadline to apply: March 17)

Fall 2017: September 11 – December 8 (Deadline to apply: July 14)

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. These hyperlinked examples may help you in deciding what style, length and format works best for you.

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. (You will not be fetching supervisors coffee or lunch—that’s for sure.)

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.

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