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.
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.
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.
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 work in Twin Aire. The Plan is now complete and we are moving into implementation. Responsibilities include meeting with the LOVE Committees Monthly, Quarterly Reports to LISC on Twin Aire, and working as needed on reports, grants and research.
Requirements: Competitive applicants should flexible and eager - ready to do a variety of tasks, 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.
Description: JoAnna Brown is a Sagamore Senior Fellow. With her extensive studies and expertise in urban and community planning, she directs Sagamore’s research on issues of housing, social capital, and community development. In addition to her research, she is often found in rural, suburban, and urban communities evaluating the impact of public policies on local contexts.
This intern position will assist with data collection (including surveys, interviews, focus groups, and field observations), analysis, report writing, and presentations. This would require some travel within the state. The intern would assist with public policy research projects and trainings related to community economic development, education, and human service needs. I would also like someone who has a general knowledge or understanding of Geographical Information Systems.
Requirements: Competitive applicants will possess an entrepreneurial work ethic, the ability to work individually or in a team environment, strong proficiency in Microsoft Office and Excel, and a passion for community development. Knowledge of GIS is preferred.
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 work on projects related to the Center for America's Purpose, including researching news, speeches and books related to the conduct of U.S. foreign policy and national defense; drafting detailed summaries; preparing materials for digital posting; reviewing and updating CAP digital/web materials; and assisting administrative staff with other assigned duties.
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.
Description: Weilin Long is Executive Director of Global Chamber Indianapolis. She partners with Sagamore Institute on our Global Indiana program area. This internship’s objective to serve as a Program Coordinator. The intern will help develop short- and long-range goals for the Global Chamber Indianapolis program development, conduct and review data, assists in preparation of agendas and reports for global business development coalition meetings, help develops marketing and outreach strategies, update and maintains website and related social medias, and edit newsletter.
Requirements: Competitive applicants will possess strong research and writing skills, need to be responsible and accountable, and must be a quick learner.
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).
In addition, please email two letters of academic or professional recommendation to the following address:
*Mailed recommendations may be sent to: