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

We are pleased to announce that we are beginning to review applications for our Summer 2018 Term. Offers will be made on a rolling basis. We encourage all interested applicants to submit their materials as soon as possible. The application will close on April 1, 2018.
  • Sagamore Institute’s summer 2018 internship program will begin on June 4th and end on August 3rd.
  • 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, 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, 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, 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 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.

Position: Summer Intern, Community Development

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.

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 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.

Position: Summer Intern, Global Chamber Indianapolis

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.

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). 

 In addition, please email two letters of academic or professional recommendation to the following address:

anne@sagamoreinstitute.org

*Mailed recommendations may be sent to:

Sagamore Institute
Attn: Anne Raway
2902 N Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208