Strategic Research Undergraduate Internship (Summer 2023)

Arlington, VA
Student Opportunities
Student (College)

Strategic Research – Summer 2023 Semester

The Institute for Justice seeks a highly motivated and detail-oriented undergraduate student or recent graduate with an interest in social science and policy research to join us at IJ's Arlington, VA office as a paid strategic research intern for this upcoming summer. IJ’s strategic research program is a unique initiative combining high-quality social science and policy research with IJ’s cutting-edge litigation. Past interns have worked on reports such as Policing for Profit: The Abuse of Civil Asset Forfeiture and Too Many Licenses?: Government “Sunrise” Reviews Cast Doubt on Barriers to Work and have gone on to careers in academia and public policy.

The ideal candidate has facility in exploring online databases and data sources, the ability to create and manipulate spreadsheets, and persistence and good judgment in soliciting information and data from state and nonprofit agencies. Candidates should also have an interest in assisting with research on occupational licensing, civil asset forfeiture, zoning, and other issues related to IJ’s core areas of economic liberty, property rights, educational choice, and free speech. 

Types of past assignments have included:

  • Finding and reviewing literature.
  • Finding and cleaning data.
  • Fact-checking, proofing, and sourcing reports.
  • Reviewing statutes and other government documents, such as agency reports.
  • Writing memos on literature and data sources.
  • Filing and managing public records requests.

How to Apply

We require a resume, a cover letter describing why you are a strong candidate for this position, and a writing sample. We hire on a rolling basis and will accept applications through February 28th, 2023. 


IJ is an equal opportunity employer.

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At IJ we value a diverse workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.


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