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Student interns are at the core of the Martin Center’s work of improving higher education. Every semester, students join staff and scholars at the Martin Center for work and learn about higher education and free-market principles. Our interns write op-eds, research policy for our scholars, and contribute to our digital marketing efforts.

Martin Center internships are for undergraduates, recent graduates, graduate students, and law students who are committed to individual liberty, freedom of conscience, and the pursuit of truth. Past Martin Center interns have gone on to succeed in business, law, the military, and further education.

For some, the Martin Center has been the first step towards exciting careers in the liberty movement, including at the Institute for Justice, Americans for Prosperity, the Leadership Institute, KIPP Public Charter Schools, the John Locke Foundation, the American Institute for Economic Research, the R Street Institute, Pacific Legal Foundation, Young Americans for Liberty, and Texas Public Policy Foundation. Others have gone on to work in higher education, including at UNC-Chapel Hill and the University of Virginia.

The Martin Center hosts research and marketing interns during spring, fall, and summer. Apply now to intern with the Martin Center next semester! (See below for application instructions.)


Each summer the Martin Center hosts three interns from North Carolina colleges and universities to work and learn at our office in Raleigh. An internship at the Martin Center offers students the opportunity to develop hands-on research experience while learning professional skills and building their professional network

During the twelve-week program, interns work on higher education policy topics and learn about economics, public policy, and American principles from local scholars and through dedicated readings and book discussions.

A few titles that our interns have read include:

  • The Coddling of the American Mind Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt
  • “Liberalism, Liberation, and the Liberal Arts” by Robert P. George
  • The Assault on American Excellence by Anthony Kronman
  • On Liberty by John Stuart Mill
  • “Against Great Books” by Patrick Deneen

Past speakers include:

  • Roy Cordato, Ph.D., Vice President for Research at the John Locke Foundation
  • Andrew Taylor, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science at North Carolina State University
  • Jonathan Anomaly, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Acting Director of the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program at UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Robert Shibley, Vice President at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
  • Jenna A. Robinson, Ph.D., President at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal


To apply for a research internship with the Martin Center, email a cover letter and resume to Shannon Watkins at

To apply for a digital marketing internship with the Martin Center, email a cover letter and resume to Ashley Campbell at