Spring 2009 Internship Applications Now Being Accepted!
The Show-Me Institute today announced its spring internship program. For those interested in applying, the internship will run from early January through late April or mid-May, and will be based at the Show-Me Institute’s Clayton office near Saint Louis. Applications are due on November 14.
Our spring 2007 intern, Steve Bernstetter, wrote a great blog entry about what it’s like to be an intern here. I’d also like to quote a few paragraphs from a farewell letter written by one of our summer 2008 interns, Dan Grana:
I began the summer by attacking an ineffectual bill that will impose nominal regulatory burdens on textbook producers starting this school year. Although the issue is relatively minor and the legislative action I criticized succeeded, I found immense satisfaction in combating the absurd economics used by students, like me, to justify a mistake. Scholars of regulation repeatedly note that massive damages come in incremental steps. The Show-Me Institute takes this truism to heart, and I appreciate its support of my opinions regarding one particular issue that is especially relevant to me.
I will end the summer by researching different formulations of state education budgets and the taxes that they come from. I understand that this information will be used in an exciting paper […] on Missouri’s educational funding. This project has familiarized me with research methods and policy issues I would not have otherwise encountered. I am certain that this knowledge will prove valuable in my remaining years of economics education, where I will increasingly be asked to raise original ideas in assignments, and beyond. I can only hope that I’ve been as helpful to this project as it has been to me.
During the time between these two endeavors, I’ve found satisfaction in blogging about diverse issues and helping around the office. For what it’s worth, even the most stereotypically inglorious intern duties have provided a newfound understanding of the practical necessities behind a successful office’s operation.
Perhaps more than anything, I’ve benefited from the Show-Me Institute’s exceptional staff. In addition to being extremely friendly, the members of this organization have been great educators. By talking with them about a variety of topics, I’ve gained an understanding of different political philosophies that draw on the same respect for economic freedom.
If you’re a college student who would like to have a similar experience conducting real research and making a difference in the world of Missouri public policy, apply today! If you know a college student who might fit that description, be sure to spread the word.