Milton Friedman Internship Program

Named after famed Chicago School economist and free market advocate Milton Friedman, this exclusive program provides interns with the opportunity to work with the Illinois Policy Institute’s policy staff and scholars to advance liberty in Illinois. Interns will work in one or several departments of the organization, each of which help advance the mission and the objective of the organization in a unique way.

Ideal candidates will have a positive can-do attitude, flexibility, excellent writing skills and attention to detail. Successful candidates will have an appreciation of and interest in free markets and liberty. If you are creative, ambitious and passionate about liberty and free markets, we would love to hear from you.

Interns can specialize in policy, marketing and communications, and external relations.


Policy Current centers for policy research at the Institute include budget and taxes, education, labor, government reform and health care policy. Interns will have the opportunity to:

  • Write for the Institute’s website, as well as our enewsletter and quarterly print magazine, The Compass
  • Conduct policy research on both short-and long-term projects
  • Assist policy directors with Statehouse activities
  • Organize events with leading policy experts

Marketing and communications The Institute communicates with citizens, investors, influencers and policymakers. The marketing and communications department shares our work with as many people as possible, and maximizes the impact of those impressions by making sure we’re presenting our work in clear and compelling ways. Interns will have the opportunity to:

  • Contribute toward internal and external communication projects
  • Support the Institute’s digital marketing strategy and social media web outreach
  • Conduct primary and secondary research on key target audiences
  • Monitor and track earned media appearances
  • Compile competitive analysis on similar public policy organizations and think tanks

External relations The external relations department is responsible for planning and executing general outreach, events and fundraising operations. Interns will have the opportunity to:

  • Research and compile reports on prospective donors
  • Process and track gifts
  • Help plan and execute Institute events
  • Assemble materials and mailings for donors and prospective donors
  • Research potential foundation and corporate grant opportunities
  • Assist the vice president of external relations with day-to-day fundraising operations


  • Operations Assistant

    This position will assist in the efficient operations of the Illinois Policy Institute by providing support in general office administration and in Human Resources. This position will report to the Di...

  • Major Gifts Officer

    Illinois Policy seeks a Major Gifts Officer to help fuel an award-winning, innovative effort to promote personal freedom and prosperity in Illinois. The Major Gifts Officer will be responsible for ...

  • Grassroots canvassers

    Join the Illinois Policy Action team! Illinois Policy Action advocates for free-market principles and limited government. We are looking for grassroots canvassers to operate in the Chicago suburbs....

  • Manager of Media Relations

    The Illinois Policy Institute seeks a Manager of Media Relations to join its robust Media Relations operation. This position is based in Chicago, which is the third-largest media market in the U.S. Th...