Internship Opportunities

IJ is always looking for highly-motivated students to join our team in the Arlington, Virginia Headquarters office. Litigation interns and Strategic Research interns work alongside our clerks and gain valuable experience in the field of public interest law. Interns generally join us during the summer months and work full time hours. We hire on a rolling basis conducting interviews in late February/early March for summer internships.

Applications for IJ’s summer 2017 litigation and strategic research internships are now closed.

Maffucci Fellowship

The Institute for Justice is seeking paid interns for its Maffucci Fellowship program. Fellows work closely with IJ’s activism and coalitions team, and assist with exciting research projects, help track controversies and legislation across the country, and provide valuable administrative support to staff on a variety of tasks. Fellows gain unique experience on the front lines of the fight for liberty.

Opportunities include:

  • Access to attorneys, activists and researchers engaging in cutting-edge constitutional advocacy
  • Travel to assist with select activism trainings and public demonstrations
  • Media publication
  • Writing mentorship
  • On-camera communications training
  • Networking opportunities

The duration of the Maffucci Fellowship is flexible, although preference is given to applicants seeking a year-long opportunity.  Shorter terms will be considered on a case-by-case basis, with a minimum of three months required.  Undergraduates should attempt to obtain academic credit for their work.  Recent graduates are encouraged to apply.  Law students should apply to our clerkship program.

Candidates should possess exceptional writing skills, be attentive to detail, and have a strong commitment to individual freedom as well as an interest in property rights, free speech issues, school choice, and economic liberty.

Applicants can apply at

Now hiring and accepting applications for flexible 2017 start dates.