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Technology Policy Intern


*To be considered for an internship, you must apply directly through our online application here.* 

Working with Cato’s technology policy scholars, as an intern, you assist scholars on research related to a wide range of technology policy issues including artificial intelligence, content moderation, antitrust and competition policy, youth online safety, data privacy, and much more. Working closely with the team, you will learn about the most important and interesting policy debates on emerging technologies including the impact of various regulations on consumers and entrepreneurs as well as a free market approach to technological governance.


  • Keep up to date with relevant legislative activity as well as academic and policy developments
  • Proofread and provide feedback on drafts of articles and policy analyses
  • Attend a variety of events and working groups related to technology policy topics
  • Identify and liaise with authors and project contributors


  • Strong interest in emerging technologies
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to be self-guided and well-organized
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Basic understanding of internet platforms, current social media regulation, and First Amendment jurisprudence

To achieve the promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, Cato’s scholars typically take a skeptical look at proposals to expand the size, scope, and power of government. Many different policies impact American political life and Cato scholars work to research the different dimensions of life that are affected. Research includes freedom at various levels of the education system, the ability of people to make their own health care decisions, opportunities to reduce poverty through greater economic opportunities, high-quality public opinion surveys to investigate evolving opinions and the advancement of free minds and free markets within technology sectors of the economy.

About the Cato Internship Program

Cato’s paid internships are for undergraduates, recent graduates, graduate students, law students, and early-career professionals who have a strong commitment to individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace—principles that, taken together, constitute libertarianism, known alternately as “classical liberalism,” “market liberalism,” or, to many of our international friends, just “liberalism.” 

All Cato interns attend the same intensive seminar series, which covers a broad range of history, philosophy, policy, and professional development topics. Interns also aid with events and occasionally help Cato staff with other day-to-day needs. 

Interns receive competitive compensation. Part-time positions are adjusted accordingly and carry a minimum of 25 hrs./wk. Program participants must be available in person in Washington, D.C.  

We encourage you to explore our website for more information about the internship program and experience.  

If you have any questions, feel free to email Cortez Bartolome, Programs Coordinator, at