Our Intern Scholar Program focuses on developing and nurturing future scholars through providing opportunities to engage in challenging research, writing, and advocacy on a wide range of foreign and domestic policy issues. Our intern scholars are required to make tangible and timely contributions to the Institute’s projects, including reports or other media in addition to web-based and hard copy informational materials for public dissemination. Intern scholars also have opportunities to interact directly with OI fellows and staff.
The Oakland Institute is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages applications from people of color, women, and other groups that have historically been subject to discrimination.
If you have any questions regarding the Oakland Institute’s internship program after reading the guidelines below, please email: [email protected]
Frequently Asked Questions
All internships are unpaid.
Students are generally able to receive college credit for their work.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
We do not have official start dates; start dates are determined based on individual and program needs.
Internships can last anywhere from 3 months to 1 year. On average internships are between 20 to 40 hours per week.
Interns are required to find their own housing.
We gladly welcome interns from outside the US. However, to join our internship program you must have work authorization or a student visa.
Intern Scholars are currently needed to support the following issues areas and activities:
Advocacy and Communications
Media (Print, TV, and Radio)
Please click here to learn more about the OI’s current research and advocacy activities.
Intern Scholars should have superior written and oral communication skills in English (good knowledge of Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, and French is a plus), excellent analytical ability, and library and Internet research capabilities. They should be able to work reliably and responsibly as part of a team or individually. Applicants from any department or graduate program will be considered, although backgrounds in social science and economics are preferred. Undergraduates should have attained at least junior status in college and have a minimum of 12 months of combined work/volunteer experience (including summer work). Applicants who are not students must have two years of work experience, 1 year of which should have required the regular use of analytical and writing skills.
Indicate your intended start date and term in your cover letter.
Please complete all parts of the application as listed below. All application materials must be submitted together in a single format, either via email to [email protected] or hard copy mailed to The Oakland Institute, P.O. Box 18978, Oakland, CA 94619.
Applications must include:
2. Short statement or cover letter, no longer than two pages, that:
a. Describes your particular skills, education (including major), and work/volunteer experience
b. Outlines your goals and interests
c. Explains why you want to be an Intern Scholar at The Oakland Institute
d. Details your time availability and your proposed term dates (i.e., starting and ending dates)
3. A 1,000-word opinion piece on an international or domestic development issue
4. One letter of recommendation from a teacher or policy-related employer who is familiar with your written work
The Oakland Institute
P.O. Box 18978
Oakland, CA 94619