The Sagamore Institute is a nonpartisan public policy think tank rooted in the Heartland of Indiana but with a national influence and a global reach. Sagamore's scholars are committed to addressing the nation's most pressing policy issues, leveraging their expertise to transform innovative ideas into effective action.

Sagamore is committed to developing the next generation of young leaders with a creative vision to pursue the common good and advance human flourishing. We look for students with a passion for championing free enterprise, fostering individual opportunity, and expanding democracy. Sagamore's internship program offers invaluable experience in rigorous public policy research complemented by robust professional development.

Summer Program Highlights

  • Partnership with a Sagamore Senior Fellow or office director whose professional focus coincides with the applicant’s area of interest
  • Weekly lecture series featuring guest speakers covering current public policy issues
  • Networking hours where interns are encouraged to interact with Sagamore staff and local community leaders
  • Professional development workshops equipping interns with career advice and training
  • Formal Farewell Dinner to commemorate the end of the interns’ semester

Summer Program Requirements

  • Sagamore Institute’s summer 2017 internship program will begin on June 5 and end on August 11.
  • All interns must commit to working a minimum of 30 hours per week.
  • Summer applicants are ordinarily at least a rising junior to qualify, but recent college graduates, master’s students, and law students are encouraged to apply as well.
  • International students authorized to work in the United States are also eligible for a Sagamore Institute internship.

Summer Program Openings

Position: Summer Intern, Southeast Neighborhood Development Intern

Description: Jeff Sparks is a Senior Fellow conducting research in community development. He focuses on the Twin Aire neighborhood. This internship will consist of working with Jeff Sparks and the Southeast Neighborhood Development, Inc. (SEND) Staff on the Great Places 2020 initiative in Twin Aire. Interns will focus primarily on two significant projects: Great Places, an effort to rally a community to plan its future; and The 46201 Project, which is assembling a large group of volunteers and continue this model for an effective year-round program.

Requirements: Competitive applicants should be mature and ready to do whatever it takes, from office work to on-the-ground volunteer supervision. Interns must be able to drive and have transportation. Mileage will be reimbursed. Interns must also be available to participate in limited evening and weekend events.

Position: Summer Intern, Africa Studies

Description: Donald Cassell is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Liberian Initiative at Sagamore. While an architect by training, he conducts extensive research and writing on African growth and development, including the annual newsletter-journal Marketplace Liberia. He also manages a number of projects in the U.S. and Liberia.

This intern position will focus primarily on helping to write, research and edit articles and research papers for Marketplace Liberia and other journals, and host events as needs be. Research and writing will be on international development in Africa, particularly sub-Saharan Africa in such areas as agriculture policy, education policy, governance, urbanism, leadership development and ethics.

Requirements: Competitive applicants should possess a strong interest in Africa policy and international development, exemplary research and writing skills, and familiarity with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.

Position: Summer Intern, Law and Public Policy

Description: Andrew Falk is a Senior Fellow engaging in criminal justice research and environmental policy studies at Sagamore. His extensive legal background practicing law at an Indianapolis firm, with the Attorney General of Indiana (criminal appeals), and Office of Chief Counsel, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, inform his research and writing on criminal justice reform measures and environmental law and policy.

The educational objective of this internship is to provide students with experience and insight derived from working with a think tank, including legal and policy-driven articles and research applied at the state, national, and international levels. The internship will provide students with opportunities to develop key analytical and research skills, to gain an understanding of how a think tank works, and to explore areas of law and policy related to the work of the Sagamore Institute and, as time and opportunity permits, the students’ own interests. Successful applicants will work closely with Andrew in his research and writing.

Requirements: Competitive applicants will possess strong research skills and excellent writing and proofreading abilities.

Position: Summer Intern, State of Defense/Center for America’s Purpose

Description: Senior Fellow Alan W. Dowd heads the Sagamore Institute Center for America’s Purpose, which was launched in 2014 to promote America’s leadership role in the world. This intern will research news, speeches and books related to the conduct of U.S. foreign policy and national defense; draft summaries; prepare materials for digital posting, and assist administrative staff with other assigned duties. This intern will gain a better understanding of policy analysis and policy writing in the foreign policy/national defense areas.

Requirements: Intern should be from the Anderson University national security studies program, have solid writing skills, and be interested in U.S. foreign policy, national defense and/or international security.

Position: Summer Intern, Justice Reform

Description: Troy Riggs is Vice President at Sagamore Institute and conducts research regarding crime and justice reform. This internship’s objective is to conduct research in public safety spending, poverty, dependency issues, etc., and create presentations to better inform leaders and citizens of issues facing our country.

Requirements: Competitive applicants will possess strong research and writing skills. Applicants will need experience with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.

Position: Summer Intern, Catholic Education Policy Reform

Description: The Catholic education policy intern will assist Brittany Corona, executive director of Catholic Education Partners, Inc., in gathering data on Catholic school quantitative and qualitative outcome measures, and working papers on Catholic education and school choice. The intern will also conduct research of school choice legislative proposals in each state and on the federal level.

Requirements: Competitive applicants will possess strong research skills and excellent writing and proofreading abilities.

Position: Summer Intern, Communications and Website

Description: Beverly Nepomuceno, Director of Communications at Sagamore Institute, will oversee the communications and website inter. Norm Heikens, Senior Fellow and Managing Editor of American Outlook, also will work with the intern.

This internship will focus on creative ways to advance the mission of Sagamore Institute and the research of Sagamore Senior Fellows. This intern will assist with Sagamore Institute’s social media, sagamoreinstitute.org, publications, events, podcasts, and videos.

Requirements: Competitive applicants will possess exemplary written and verbal communication skills, experience with Microsoft suite, and a team-oriented and entrepreneurial attitude. Prior experience working in communications, marketing, or video production is strongly encouraged.

Spring and Fall Program Highlights

  • Partnership with a Sagamore Senior Fellow or office director whose professional focus coincides with the applicant’s area of interest
  • Networking hours where interns are encouraged to interact with Sagamore staff and fellows

Spring and Fall Program Requirements

  • Spring and Fall program will begin on or around the start of your semester.
  • All interns must commit to working a minimum of 6 hours per week.
  • Applicants must be at least a sophomore to qualify, but recent college graduates, master’s students, and law students are encouraged to apply as well.
  • International students authorized to work in the United States are also eligible for a Sagamore Institute internship.

Application Materials

To apply for an internship with Sagamore Institute, please complete the online application form, including an up-to-date resume, cover letter outlining your interests and experience, and two short writing samples (around 500 words). Applications should be submitted by March 20, 2017, to receive full consideration. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so earlier applicants will be more likely to receive placements.

 In addition, please mail an unofficial transcript from your university and two letters of academic or professional recommendation to the following address:

Sagamore Institute
Attn: Elizabeth Dewes
2902 N Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208

*Email recommendations may be emailed to Elizabeth Dewes.